The Alkaline Food Diet and Competitive Athletics

If you are or ever have been involved in athletics you know that protein shoved down your throat every step of your journey. I am into weight lifting and I have read so many articles on concerning protein and 1.5 times your lean body mass. To get your optimum level of protein which has you eating chicken and beef and loads of cheese just to try and reach your protein goals. Then you have all the hype around the high protein/low carb diet. Any serious athlete should have done more research and found those diets are for people who are inactive. The diet for athletes that will give you optimal performance and health may just be The Alkaline Diet. This new yet old fashioned diet has could have many potentially performance enhancing benefits for athletes. It provides other benefits as well like helping to fight cancer and clearing up your sinuses. Athletes on the alkaline diet have discovered unbelievable levels of energy with little or no recovery time. The diet contains lots of whole raw foods and just eliminates the man made junk.

What about protein?

More and more studies are showing that maybe you don’t need quite as much protein as your latest muscle magazine would have you purchase. Imagine that. Not only that, but studies have shown that proteins of cooked food, especially meat, is not as bio-available as previously thought. This means that your body will eat the protein but it can’t use most of the proteins found in the food. Hmmm. So what do you do? Well proteins are simple amino acids. All foods contain amino acids. In fact, your body simply takes protein like chicken and turns it into amino acids. What amino acids are able to get into your bloodstream the fastest? Believe it or not the ones found in vegetables and fruits. The ones found in the alkaline diet. Wheat grass juice contains all 8 essential amino acids and is actually almost identical in molecular structure to your own blood. Ever hear about the strength of a gorilla. Gorillas are primarily vegetarian eating mostly leafy greens. I wonder how they get so strong without a protein shake? Somebody should give them a men’s fitness magazine.

True African Gorilla Experience in Bwindi Impenetrable and Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Uganda which is “The Pearl of Africa” is a tiny country in the East Africa bordering Kenya in the East Tanzania and Rwanda in the south, Democratic Republic
of Congo in the west and Sudan in the north.

Uganda has a vast and unique Wildlife but it is true that wild life poaching and insecurity within the national parks and reserves have tainted Uganda’s image and tourism industry. The massacre of American tourists in Bwindi National Park some time back comes to mind. And the terrorism that struck Kenya and Tanzania did not help the industry. However, most of these horrible pages are being turned, giving hope to Uganda’s hotel owners, tours and travel operators, hand craft makers and the farmers-whose food is consumed by the visitors.

Bwindi Impenetrable forest is located in Southwestern Uganda and it contains Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The Park has 340 Mountain Gorillas which is close to half of all the world’s mountain gorillas. Every visitor coming to Uganda would wish to get into contact with these gentle giants moreover our distant cousins. Uganda should treat gorilla tracking as the pinnacle of the tourism industry in the country if they are to continue attracting more numbers of tourist visiting the country and increase passes to visit these gentle giants. This is my gorilla experience in Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth National Park

1st Day: We Depart For Bwindi

Meet and greet at respective accommodations after your breakfast. Depart for Bwindi driving southwest and across the Equator. The drive takes you through Savannah grasslands seeing local homesteads and banana plantations as well as herds of Ankole cattle with their incredibly long curving horns.

Dinner and overnight at accommodation of your choice.

2nd Day:Bwindi Gorilla Touring

After an early breakfast and briefing by a ranger guide enter the gorilla sanctuary for a thrilling experience. Gorillas are very special animals -rare, gentle, like us yet so different. Tracking them is a unique experience as it leads you into a strange land to meet unusual creatures on their own terms! This basically is a humble yet thrilling experience at the same time. The guide will lead you through the gorillas’ world, explaining the aspects of their ecology and behavior along the way.
Dinner and overnight at accommodation of your choice.

3rd Day:Depart Bwindi early morning for Queen Elizabeth National Park enjoying a game drive once inside the park. In the evening we proceed for a two-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. There is abundant bird life here and besides this cruise offers an excellent platform for photography and game viewing.
Dinner and overnight at accommodation of your choice.

4th Day: Safari To Queen Elizabeth: We do two game drives today. Queen Elizabeth National Park has diverse Eco-systems of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters and is the home of different species of wildlife. It will provide you an opportunity to see lions, leopards, giant forest hogs, Cape buffalo, elephants, and defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, Topi and Bushbuck.
Dinner and overnight at accommodation of your choice.

5th Day: Two options for the day before we return to Kampala.
Either visit Kyambura gorge for chimpanzee tracking or visit Maramagambo forest that offers you a chance to experience a tropical rain forest and catch a glimpse of a variety of primates including chimpanzee. While her you can also visit the bats cave and the “blue lake”.

Price includes transport to and from Kampala, Park entrance fees, game drive fees, boat ride on Kazinga channel, Gorilla permit, accommodation on full board and an English speaking driver (guide), lunch to and from, Chimp tracking fees, nature walking fees. It however excludes beverages, souvenirs, tips and all expenditures of a personal nature.

Why You Should Take On A Gorilla Safari To Uganda

Gorillas in the Mist among the three Countries that host them

Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Having an hour of interaction with one of nature’s great species and one of closest relatives to man is an experience second to none on this planet earth. Mountain gorillas are the most an endangered species and it is said that there are only 650 left in the wild jungles of the national parks bordering, Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Crossing the border of grass between Rwanda and Uganda leads you into an entirely different world, and one that is exceptionally defined by many. With the vivid memory of news reports and stories of the tragedy of the 1994 genocide, a traveler does not expect to find sealed, tarred roads, new buildings and other facilities that are not found in the seemingly more developed and relatively untroubled Uganda to the north of Rwanda.

Contrasting the serious, military fa├žade that are found along the border are the friendly trackers I meet at the visitor’s centre in the Park National de Volcanoes. This amazing national park has got three ancient volcanoes whose forms dominate the entire Rwenzori horizon. The trackers are local guides who have worked with the gorillas for many years and are accepted as part of their family.

I start trekking through the natural forest and the evidence of nutrient-rich forest soil is the abundance of crops that are worked by the natural forest lines, and from here it is pure jungle. No paths. No handrails. No people very interesting indeed.

My guide creates a path with his machete as he communicates with the three trackers who joined the gorillas at five in the morning. After 45 minutes of hard work, falling through vines and avoiding stinging nettle, from behind a tree a huge black figure emerges, takes a glance in my direction and wanders off to find more food (The Mountain Gorilla). From this sighting began one of the most amazing hours of my life that I can never forget!

A few meters higher I come to a group of young females feeding in an open clearing. Babies are climbing in the trees as the mist hangs over the air like a postcard. The jungle is so thick that the smaller gorillas almost disappear as they sit down to feed on a particular bush. The thought that most often comes into mind is, “They are so human-like.” Their eyes betray intelligence and they are so beautiful. They select leaves as though browsing in a market and they are big and strong the Mountain Gorillas.

Suddenly, out of nowhere I hear a huge roaring. I look up to find the silverback, a gorilla of amazing proportions standing up and challenging my guide. He bangs his fists against his chest in a “King Kong style” and makes a deep bellow that echoes against all the vegetation. I am assured he is just asserting his position as the alpha male, what a wonderful experience.

The challenged guide makes a few throat-clearing, cough-like noises, which does very little to soothe my racing heart. When confronted by a huge, hairy gorilla twice your size, grabbing a defensive weapon or running would seem more logical to me than coughing. The reassurance that gorillas are docile animals is countered by the knowledge that a gorilla can pluck a human head off its shoulders with ease. But “they would never hurt a fly,” and that’s what makes them exceptionally cute creatures.

The Mountain gorillas now stop climbing away from me and settle in a clearing. Off to the right is a fallen tree, with an adult female feeding on the top. Behind her the jungle stretches up the side of the volcano in an endless sea of green. The colours of the jungle are incredibly vivid and contrast strikingly with the black colour of the Mountain gorillas.

My hour comes to an end with two babies rolling over each other in front of me. Their actions are so childlike reminding me of my child hood; I can read the mischief in their eyes when they look straight at me. The silverback watches his youngsters play with fatherly approval, and glances at us humans occasionally with curiosity. It makes you think who is watching who?

There are 32 permits issued per day in the Parc National de Volcanoes, Rwanda, to view one of four families of habituated gorillas. These gorillas have had protectors surrounding them from poachers for many years, and are tolerant of visitors for one hour a day. The revenue generated from the permits goes into protecting the gorillas and injecting money-making activities into the local region. It is clear to see from local community projects that the benefits of protecting the primates filter down to all levels of society, and encourage the locals to preserve what little gorillas are left for future generations! And with that I make my way still with my guide from the famous Gorilla tracking activity that I will live to remember all the days of my life.

Safaris to see the gorillas of Africa can be arranged by Allen Deborah Nakawojwa of Access Africa Safaris who also contributed to this article.