Thursday, 19 June 2014

Live your journey

The DSTV team of KykNet recently travelled to Uganda to visit with myself and our team at Marasa Africa who own some of the most impressive properties within the national parks in Uganda. Gerrie Pretorius, a well-known singer and presenter of “leef jou Reis” traversed Uganda to get to know its special places and to sample and even learn how to prepare its traditional dishes.
Gerrie Pretorius with one of Premier Safaris collectible walking sticks to tackle the gorilla trek 

The programme focuses on experiences and wants their viewers to really learn about the countries that they visit.
Gerrie Pretorius from "Leef jou reis" and Corne Schalkwyk from Marasa Africa at Silverback lodge  

As part of the trip they turned at the source of the Nile in Jinja town where they were hosted by the newly opened Jinja sailing club on arrival before making their way west following the tourism route created by Premier Safaris aptly named the western wonderland tour.

Below are some of the photos from their visit to Bwindi impenetrable forest as part of their visit to silverback lodge overlooking the enchanting Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in south-western Uganda. The lodge is on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda's oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 420 mountain gorillas, roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked.
Missed covered views from Silverback Lodge 

This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to a further 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. There are around 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.
Gerrie Pretorius searching for Gorillas

The neighbouring towns of Buhoma and Nkuringo both have an impressive array of luxury lodges, rustic bandas and budget campsites, as well as restaurants, craft stalls and guiding services.

Opportunities abound to discover the local Bakiga and Batwa Pygmy cultures through performances, workshops and village walks.

Remember to tune into DSTV (KykNet) tomorrow evening for the 2nd episode on Uganda with myself and Gerrie Pretorius at one of our Marasa Africa lodges Silverback Lodge

Here is a small teaser of the series on DSTV (KyKNet Channel 144)

Get more information on Premier Safaris at or have a look at the western wonderland trip that the team experienced. 

Want to know more about the Marasa Africa Lodges in Uganda and Kenya? visit their website at 

Views from Silverback lodge in Uganda