So we made it to Africa.
This is a pretty special trip for Zack and I.
I can't believe I'm standing on the banks of the Nile, so stoked to be here right now.
For our last international trip, Columbia turned over the reigns to us
and said, "Where do you want to go?"
So Lauren and I basically spun a globe and then, what we decided upon together was Uganda.
First day in Africa we did a safari, and we drove around the park looking for wildlife.
which was not hard to find.
The park was totally abundant, everywhere we went we saw animals.
It was cool to be checking out
animals that I've been studying since I was a kid.
Animals that are in the alphabet book that you finally get to see out in the wild.
And it was pretty incredible.
Just seeing all of these animals in motion. We see photographs,
and video, and all those things,
but to actually see these animals living, and being, and moving in real life,
that was definitely the highlight for me.
So, for the second leg of our journey, we took a flight from Antebe up to the Mgahinga region of Uganda.
We went on a cultural hike with the Batwa people.
They can't trace their origins, so they're believed to be the first people that have been living in this region.
Just to kind of start off our adventure in this completey different environment
with the people who have been there since the beginning
was so inspiring and informative.
They showed us how they used to catch antelopes.
They showed us how they collected drinking water in bamboo tubes.
These guys started a fire with sticks, which was the most unbelievable
thing I've ever seen. Just friction,
putting wood together, and, before you knew it, they had a fire.
So, it was really a comprehensive look at their lifestyle.
That was a really incredible way to be introduced into the land
by the people who had been there since the very beginning.
So, one of the main reasons Lauren and I picked to come to Uganda,
was this is one of the only places in the world that you can find Mountain Gorillas.
So, we went out with a crew of Ugandans.
And so we started our hike.
After about an hour of going through the super lush forest.
We walked around that corner and there they were playing under some trees.
And as we approached it absolutely blew my mind
and exceeded every expectation that I would have.
First off, we see this mom and this baby playing together.
And they kind of appeared not to notice us at first,
and then they were very aware of us, as it turned out.
And they started interacting with us.
And they're running around, chasing some of our guides,
trying to grab cameras.
It was hilarious. They have such personalities.
The Silverbacks were absolutely incredible. They were so big and looked so strong.
They were kind of off by themselves,
very in tune to what was going on around them because it's their job to protect the family.
It was really beautiful to see how they interact as a family, and how they
interact with humans as well.
There's such a limited number of them.
They're so human-like.
They're so playful.
Definitely one of the most unique experiences I've ever had,
and certainly the most unique wildlife experience I'd ever had.
We did this trip justice. I didn't just visit, but
we traveled, we saw, we interacted, we learned, and we grew.
Uganda is definitely a place like no other place I've been before.
It was incredibly rural,
it was incredibly poor,
but there's a lot of wealth in this country in other ways.
There's this buzz about Uganda.
It's as full of life and it's got enough life to give you a little extra dose of life.