March 7, 2014

Volcanoes Safaris guide of the…

Amon-VS Guide

Amon-VS Guide

Amon Kagurube, a Ugandan by nationality, has worked for Volcanoes Safaris as a safari guide for a period of ten years.  He describes guiding as a professional job where one has to know the interests of the clients and be knowledgeable about flora and fauna so as to interpret the surroundings for the clients. Amon finds his job very interesting because he gets to meet new people and share memorable moments with each of them. 

After ten years of guiding and travelling, Amon believes that there is still more out there that needs to be discovered because the new things that he discovers on safari amaze him. To him, nothing is the same; there is always something new to discover each sunrise.

Amon shared his exciting safari story with us:

On a sunny afternoon on one of his game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park, he encountered a group of Ugandan Kobs staring at the grass. From his experience as a guide, Kobs staring at bare grass instead of constantly eating signals something is wrong. He curiously jumped out of the safari car and used his binoculars to find out what the Kobs were glaring at.

Through the binoculars, he saw a 10-meter python coiling around a young Kob. Amon asked his clients Sandra and Sam if they would like to see a python feed up close. Intrigued by the idea, the clients swiftly followed him into the long grass. They stood about 5 meters away from the feeding python as it tightened its coils around the young Kob breathed out.

Pythons are strong muscular animals that are able to kill their prey by suffocating them, eventually causing cardiac arrest when the animal is no longer able to breathe. The snake will then swallow its prey.

For over three hours, the awed clients took shots and a video of the whole process. Never in his guiding time had he witnessed such an amazing feat.

Even after all his adventures to Uganda and Rwanda, Amon believes that there is still more adventures in both these countries that he is yet see.

Kob

Kob

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2 thoughts on “Volcanoes Safaris guide of the month: Amon Kagurube.

  1. Gary Lehman

    I had the privilege and pleasure of Amon’s company some years back whilst on safari with Volcanoes. Amon has many skills and areas of excellence. Above all, a sensitivity and earnest concern on all levels for his clients, matched to his ability to “make it so” ! Amon is an historian, a cultural anthropologist, a skilled and perceptive naturalist, a ‘fixer’ in every way (and an amazing MECHANIC!), an artist and musician, an enchanting, broad-ranging conversationalist – and an entertainer! The personal relationships Amon has developed over the years in the Parks, Volcanoes lodges – and all along the way – paves the (often-unpaved) roads and ‘levels the deviations’ ! Traveling with Amon via Volcanoes offers the promise and opportunity of ‘travel enrichment’ on every level – most importantly the opportunity to emotionally connect with the wonderful people and spirit of Uganda and Rwanda. and lastly, Amon is …. my cherished friend. And i am looking forward to seeing him again …….Gary

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    1. Olivia Partridge Post author

      Hi Gary,

      We are very pleased to hear that you had such an excellent safari with Amon. He really does make the difference between a good safari and a great safari! We will certainly pass your kind words on to him and both Amon and the entire team at Volcanoes Safaris hope to see you again very soon. All the best

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