Diary of a Muzungu made a flying visit to #Watamu to see the whales

Gorillas, rhinos – even whales! Plus – are you free in Kampala this Thurs 5th September?

An update from Charlotte Beauvoisin, Diary of a Muzungu

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Welcoming the whales to Kenya + Akagera’s new rhinos + Murchison Falls SAVED 🌍 + let’s meet on September 5th 😊

From the forest to the coast, the muzungu has been busy experiencing some thrilling new ecotourism experiences!

In between travels, I’ve been organising my popular Introduction to Digital Marketing for Tourism workshops and adding new advertisers to my Travel Directory. Visit the Travel Directory to find a tour operator, lodge or ‘things to do’. Scroll down to see the most recent listings.

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Welcoming the whales in Watamu – a first for Kenya!

Welcoming the whales in Watamu - a first for Kenya!

"Armed with a pair of binoculars and a good viewing spot, Charlotte Beauvoisin, a British travel blogger who lives in Uganda sat at the shore watching the whales from land. Excerpt from an interview with The Nation.”

“Auntie Charlotte’s cottage” features on BBC.com

Auntie Charlotte’s cottage features in “Amazing views from workplaces around the world” BBC.com - Diary of a Muzungu

It’s a year since I left Kampala (for a temporary?) move to the edge of Kibale Forest. I often wake to the sound of chimpanzees, black-and-white Colobus monkeys, Uganda Mangabey and Olive baboons.

I was thrilled to mark my year living upcountry by featuring in “Amazing views from workplaces around the world” on BBC.com

"There is no Murchison Falls National Park without Murchison Falls" #SaveMurchisonFalls


Uganda’s tourism and conservation communities – and the public at large – were seriously upset following a newspaper notice announcing plans to build a hydropower dam at one of Uganda’s most popular tourist attractions! Click here to read what people were saying – THANKFULLY this week we have heard the Falls are saved. PHEW!

Akagera’s renaisaance continues!

Rhinos to Rwanda

I didn’t expect much when I first went on safari to Rwanda’s Akagera National Park. Seeing a leopard (a few metres from us) and three young lions, offspring of the first lions reintroduced to the park, quickly changed any preceonceptions!

Read “Rhinos to Rwanda” all about the largest ever transport of rhinos from Europe to Africa.

See who’s joined the Travel Directory on Diary of a Muzungu!

Where to stay in Uganda – Lodges & Hotels

RuwenZori View Guesthouse Fort Portal *new advertiser*
Little Woods Inn Mbarara *new advertiser*
At The River Ishasha Lodge Queen Elizabeth National Park
New Court View Hotel, Masindi ideal for Budongo and Murchison
Nkima Forest Lodge Mabamba, perfect location to see the Shoebill
Philo Leisure Gardens on Kalangala, Ssesse Islands

Where to stay in Uganda – Apartments
Soho Greens Apartments on Gayaza Road, Kampala. Worth a look!

Tour operators based in Uganda

F&M Adventure Safaris *new advertiser*
Saso Safaris Uganda *new advertiser*
Econest Tim Safaris and Tours
Bujo Safaris Uganda
Sights and Sounds of Africa Safaris
Primate Journeys Africa
Chigo Tours Africa
Gecko Safaris Africa
Engabi Tours & Travel

Things to do in Uganda
Entanda Traditional Hunting and Cultural Experience Mityana – an award-winning tourism experience
Agartha’s Taste of Uganda Tour Ishasha – another award-winning tourism project
Gallery Antique Uganda on Gayaza Road has an incredible selection of African tribal art
In the Shadow of Chimpanzees "walk with the ex-poacher" on the edge of Kibale Forest is eye-opening!

Where to stay in Rwanda
Red Rocks Backpackers in Musanze, perfect base for the gorillas and for award-winning community tourism developed by Red Rocks Initiative for Sustainable Development

Tour operators based in Rwanda
Amahoro Tours one of Rwanda’s best-known tour operators

Looking for somewhere that’s not in the Travel Directory yet? Send me a message … new listings added weekly.

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The Muzungu