Help on the land and get a real insight into both the human and wildlife side of Uganda

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a Ugandan/English couple living in rural Western Uganda near Lake Mburo National Park. We're slowly developing our 22 acres of land which borders on to hippo filled Lake Kacheera. Currently life is lived out of a safari tent, under a basic roofed area with a long drop loo and a bucket shower held up with the dog's lead. However a house is currently being built, hopefully finishing in time for the arrival of our daughter at the end of April. Nathan is from the cattle keeping Bahima tribe and so the magnificent Ankole cow's are a large part of our lives. With 22 acres to restore and develop there's plenty to do keeping us outside all day. All of this work is done with the company of zebra, impala and wealth of birdlife to name but a few neighbours.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Farming
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Teaching

  • Help

    Help

    Help on the land varies from collecting rocks from the murram loaded soils for path building to injecting some excitement in our bush meals. There's a lot of landscaping work to be had, if you're not a strong digger when you get to us you'll certainly be when you leave! The livestock side of the land is constantly increasing and thus so the work involved. A chicken house, pig sty and apiary are all on the cards. Work extends beyond the lands boundaries as we get more and more involved in community projects and environmental work.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Runyankole

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Currently it's a camping experience for all our guests but once we've moved in to our house a large safari tent with bed will also be available.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Public transport can be used to travel from Kampala to nearby Mbarara town. From there transport to the land is usually only made by boda boda (motorbikes) or in our car. Riding around on the back boda's is a beautiful way to take in the surrounding country.

    Lake Mburo National Park is a 20 minute drive from the land where game drives, boat trips, luxury & budget lodges are found. From the land itself there are many nice walks to take in all the bird and animal life of the area. There are many other safari options in the south west including the endangered mountain gorillas who are only are half a day's travel away.

    We love to be outside for most of the day working away on restoring the land but usually pause between the hottest hours of the day where a book in the hammock under the tree is called for. There are always neighbours popping over who are welcome visitors and while some of the "odd" things of the mzungu are accepted, we always try to be respectful of the culture we live in and the people we live alongside.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Life on the land is very much a cultural experience. Not only are you surrounded by a community of cattle keepers but with the added dimension of the National Park you get a real insight in to both the human and wildlife side of Uganda.

  • ...

    Volunteering hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week


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