In 2011, Qatar Airways launched a direct flight from Doha to Entebbe, Uganda, to open a new air corridor between the two burgeoning countries. I was on the inaugural flight representing Destinations of the World News with a small handful of journalists, VIPs and the airline's CEO, Akbar al Baker.
It's an hour's drive between Entebbe and the capital, Kampala, where the airline threw a lavish party to celebrate its arrival in Uganda. Like many sub-Saharan capitals, Kampala is a chaotic but thriving city; a tumbling mess of ever-expanding civilisation that grows outward each year.
But it's when you leave the sweaty capital and its sprawling suburbs that you get an idea of the real Uganda; a country that has been put through the wringer by brutal dictators and fierce civil wars for the last century but is now finding its way as a rich eco-tourism destination.
Most of these photos were taken in Murchison Falls National Park, a 3480 square kilometre conservation area created in a bid to restore the wildlife that was massacred by soldiers, poachers and starving locals during the brutal dictatorships of Idi Amin.
Although it is still threatened by poachers, wildlife in the park is now thriving. It was too dark to take photos at the incredible Ziwa Wildlife Sanctuary, a non-profit wildlife reserve working on restoring Uganda's rhino population a few hours outside the park, but it is well worth a visit. .
These photos didn't quite make the final cut for publication, so I'm sharing them here in the hope it will inspire more people to visit this enthralling land.