Monday June 16 2014

Tourist to cruise on River Nile to raise funds for wild life

Ms Leslie Carvell poses with her ‘Percy’

Ms Leslie Carvell poses with her ‘Percy’. Photo by Martin Ssebuyira 

By Martin Ssebuyira

Kampala- Many people, out of adventure, have walked along Africa’s longest river, the Nile, to re-trace the routes followed by British explorers John Speke and Samuel Baker during their expeditions.

However, renowned tourism devotee Lesile Carvell has announced a drive around River Nile’s section in Uganda with her 1970 Beetle named ‘Percy’ to raise funds for wildlife.

“The three weeks expedition will enable me raise money and create awareness for the Uganda Conservation Fund, a UK-based charity that focuses on Ugandan conservation working with partners to deliver practical conservation projects in under-funded areas in Uganda,” Ms Carvell, the general manager Nile River Explorers, said.

Ms Carvell said she will document daily photos and short articles on an independent Facebook page, blog and other social media, calling for people to raise money deposited on a mobile money number - 0785788067.

“The expedition will be the first time a classic car has done such a journey in Uganda and a rare opportunity for the tourism and conservation fraternities to come together and highlight Uganda,” she added.

Ms Carvell said the expedition will also highlight efforts by other worthwhile conservation organisations within Uganda like the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Jossy Muhangi, UWA’s spokeperson said Ms Carvell has been offered free access to all parks along the Nile because her cause will be bolstering UWA works.