(Jim Nyamu seen at the Nairobi Ivory Burn with Jake Grieves-Cook, former KTB and KTF Chairman and one of Kenya’s foremost tourism gurus for the past 40 years, Picture by W. Thome)
Following his 2013 Elephant Walk across East Africa, when he covered over 2.200 kilometres, is Jim Justus Nyamu again at it as he enters Uganda in the morning, coming from his walk through Tanzania, a boat ride across Lake Victoria and his on foot advance to the border post in Mutukula.
Jim will be met by a number of Ugandan conservationists, supporters and staff of the Uganda Wildlife Authority and then drive from the border to Lake Mburo National Park not far from the regional centre of Mbarara.
From there his extensive programme will see him traverse Uganda, meet with a number of officials in Kampala and then proceed to the Kenyan border at Busia to complete his walk across East Africa back home in Kenya.
His route includes:
1. Driving from Mutukula to Lake Mburo National Park
2. Walking through Mbarara to Queen Elizabeth National Park and engaging with communities and local leaders along the way.
3. Holding a big meeting in Kyambura and Kasese and smaller meetings in between including at Hamukungu village and UWA and CTPH Telecentre/Visitor Information centre at Kikorongo
4. Walking through the Dura corridor to Kibale National Park
5. Walking to Fort Portal, Mubende and Mityana.
6. Walking across to Mpigi, and catching the ferry to Nakiwogo.
7. Visiting UWEC and interacting with Hamukungu the rescued elephant.
8. Visiting the airport and meeting with customs officers involved in arresting illegal traffickers for ivory.
9. Walking to Kampala and meeting with The Kenyan Embassy, MTWA, UWA, UTB, WCU, PCLG and other partners
10. Driving from Kampala to Busia
The route through Uganda will cover over 700 kilometres and will be completed in an estimated 28 days, coordinated by a group of local supporters of the walk led by Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Founder and CEO of ‘Conservation through Public Health’.
A previous report was filed here in May before Jim set out for his 2016 Elephant Walk which will see him cover some 3.200 kilometres across the region.
Best of success in raising crucial awareness with not just government officials but most important the people living near national parks and elephant migration routes, as it is their support which will have a key impact on the survival of the African elephants.