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.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Helping with Tourists
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.
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.
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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
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.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week