Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Destination Jungle has brought you closer to the culture and budding wildlife of North Eastern Uganda and the Kidepo Valley National Park all in just 10 days 
http://www.safaritoeastafrica.com/index.php/uganda-kidepo-7-days.html. This is an exclusive cultural tour and the first of its kind here in the tropics and Uganda in particular. It is an eco – Tousism / sustainability program boasting the livelihood of the communities of North Eastern Uganda.

Come and witness the exciting indigenous culture and lifestyle of North Eastern Uganda while traversing the Karamaja plateaux and the bizarre but breathtaking geography of the Bokora corridor where you embrace Pian Upe, the largest reserve in Northen Uganda. This reserve stretches upwards into the Matheniko Valley where the Dodoth and Jie communities are concentrated. In this corridor further north, a relatively small population of wildlife still thrives regardless of the prevailing climate change. 

You will most likely spot a good number of wildlife that may include the dik-dik, Hyenas and buffaloes and few Ostriches as you continue up towards the famous Kidepo Valley National Park. On this cultural tour, visit the remaining nomadic of Karamoja whose lifestyle is alas changing slowly to residential agriculturalists.  

Meet with the rather shy but strikingly hardworking inhabitants down of Mt Moroto- the "Tepez and Ik communities". As you shall find on this cultural tour, their lifestyle defines the typical culture of the Karamajong of Kidepo valley although the greater population stays in excluded parts and communities further north.
Also, get first hand knowledge of the lifestyle of the "Jie and Dodoth communities of the Matheniko valley", people whose cultural is relatively similar to that of the Tepez and Ik save for their striking bodily marks. As part of the their custom, entertainment for their visitors is largely pronounced. Most exciting in this community is their traditional dance also traditionally called "Edonja". 

Pastarolism has since time immemorial been the jewel of the North, and so on this tour, we try to dig deep into the history of Pastoralism for the "Dodoth and Jie communities"and what love they attached to their livestock. You shall find with interest that the neighbouring community, the ”Ik and Tepez” prefers to supplement their livestock with sorghum and millet growing. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

We like Elephants, Not Ivory

Elephant poaching in Africa is on the increase as more and more Elephants loose there lives to reckless poaching activities all in the name of seeking Ivory. It is quite absurd that these endangered species which are part of the big 5 in Uganda are helpless because of the actions of these barbaric poachers.

 It should be noted that Uganda presently has an average of only 5000 Elephants left which is a very sharp decline from the population that inhabited the tropics of Uganda in the 1960s which was an estimate of over 20,000 species. if the trend runs and no serious intervention, we could find the population to decline to 1000 or even less in the coming years.

Earlier in the week, according to The Daily Monitor (a local tabloid) on the Friday 18th October 2013, there was confirmation of a major blood ivory seizure by law enforcement officials in Kampala when over 800 pieces were found concealed in a container ready for shipment to China., This is quite sad for the safety of these animals according to the statical data of poaching in Uganda and Africa.  Presently Uganda itself has relatively low poaching numbers of the elephants which could shoot up if not managed at this stage.

We like Elephants, Not Ivory
We love Elephants, Not Ivory

 Jungle is taking this anti-Ivory campaign seriously and we are proud to be part of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) http://www.awf.org/news/conservation-partners-announce-80m-clinton-global-initiative-commitment-action-partnership-save in the fight against Elephant poaching in Africa and Uganda specifically. You can join this campaign by visiting our Facebook page and liking our campaign, "We like Elephants not Ivory here toohttps://www.facebook.com/destinationjungle