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It's not every day you wake up and you can say that you're a poet; it takes years of concentration and hard work to have even the smallest breakthrough.
For our very own Paul Kasami, part of the Volcanoes team for the past two years, it took lots of dedication but his efforts were finally rewarded when a poetry anthology of his original work, entitled Beneath the Smile, was recently launched. The book is certainly not an ordinary one as it tackles issues such as basic societal problems in a profound, and at times brutal but humourous, manner.
An extract from the book reads:
The stars are dancing,
On the surface of a hissing river,
The snake that flows smoothly.
Light streams from my lamp,
Caressing the river below,
At timed intervals...
Written over a period of eight years, Beneath the Smile is a collection of poems that takes you on a journey where you make new discoveries, confront truths you may rather not see come to life again and make you realise there is beauty in even the most unexpected places.
Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor is nothing short of exhilarating. The chimps effortlessly cross and scamper through the trees above the gorge, and visitors on the other hand must cross the river using natural bridges in order to keep up with the chimps. So although the walk usually lasts only 2–3 hours, descending the steep gorge and crossing the log bridges over the river requires some agility and fitness.
Chimpanzee tracking is also available in nearby Kalinzu, a forest reserve 30 minutes drive from Kyambura Gorge Lodge where there is a community of about 40 habituated chimpanzees.