We are a Ugandan/English couple living in rural Western Uganda near Lake Mburo National Park with our daughter born in April 2017. We're slowly developing our 35 acres of land which borders on to hippo filled Lake Kacheera. While we have a small house that we live in, visitors camp out on the land with outdoor showers and compost loo's. Nathan is from the cattle keeping Bahima tribe and so the magnificent Ankole cow's are a large part of our lives. With 35 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.
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
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.
Help on the land varies from collecting rocks from the murram loaded soils for path building to injecting some excitement in our bush meals. We have need for those good with work to fashion some tables, chairs, cupboards and tree house platform. We've just started permaculture garden so any advice/work on that is welcome. We're also looking at trying our hand with a an earth bag house so if you've got the energy, a bit of know how and hard work we're looking for enough hands to get it off the ground! There's also 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, goat kraal and apiary are all on the cards. Work may extend 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.
Public transport can be used to travel from Kampala in the direction of Mbarara town, you'll want to get off the bus at a small trading centre called Akageti. 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're always pottering on with one job or another. When the heat of the day is too much, a retreat on the cool balcony of the house is called where a post lunch snooze can be had or jobs can continue in the shade. 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
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week