In early May, our primary 7 students took a 3-day field trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
May in Uganda is the last month of the wet season. The students trip involved setting off from Katuuso Primary on an 850 kilometre 15-hour plus round trip across Uganda, to the west towards the Congo.
During the journey, the students stopped off at the town of Fort Portal, an area known for its tea growing and the crater lakes which range in depths up to 400 metres deep.
Following this they took in Uganda’s largest mine, Kilembe which is mined for predominantly copper and keeps 4,000 people employed.
They then reached Mweya within the Queen Elizabeth National Park citing many animals before taking a boat trip on the Kazinga channel.
The Kazinga channel is home to the greatest numbers of Hippos in all of Africa who our students discovered bob just below the surface of the water to protect their sensitive skin. Whilst cruising, the students were also fortunate to spot Crocodiles, Elephants, Buffalo and Antelopes. This provided our students with the highlight of the trip as aside from our School Director, Janepher none of our staff or students had been on a boat before.
The journey home also took them to the Kitagata hot springs which many Ugandans believe have healing powers and the Equator placing a foot in each Hemisphere.
Here’s how the trip went through the eyes of one of our students, Christine:
On Thursday, 11th of May, 2017, we came to school and were told us to bring a blanket and a pair of bed sheets the next day for our tour. They also told us to wash and bring our jerry cans for drinking water.
On Friday, we were excited to be going on tour and reached school at 5:00 am for breakfast. At 7:30 am the bus arrived; we prayed and started our journey.
We reached Fort Portal, where we heard a story about Sir Gerald Portal and Bishop Aberi from a tour guide. Afterwards, we had morning tea – chapatti and a juice.
After eating breakfast, we continued to Kilembe mines and saw how copper and gold are mined. After learning about Kilembe, we had our lunch at Viring Gardens. We ate rice, matooke (mashed bananas) and beans.
When we finished eating, we travelled to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Upon reaching there we were welcomed and they accommodated us. We had supper and slept.
On Saturday, we woke up and bathed before having breakfast.
We then took the long journey to Mweya and upon our arrival saw very many animals! There were warthogs, antelope and elephants that weighed 1000 kilogrammes and above!
After that, we continued to Kazinga Channel. We sailed on a ferry and for all of us, it was our first time being on a boat. We saw Lake Edward and Lake George, and when we came back we visited Lake Katwe which has salty water. After, we went to wash our uniforms and then bathed.
On Sunday morning, we went to Kitagata where we found natural hot springs. We found very many people there, swimming and bathing in the water. After that we went to have lunch at Star Gardens; we had rice, matooke and beans.
After eating we began the journey home to Mpigi District; we even stopped at the equator on the way! It was an interesting, exciting and enjoyable field trip that I know we will remember forever.
- Christine Nanfuka, Primary 7