Shaq (that's him on the right!) is one of our most popular tour leaders, and it's easy to see why. He's warm, approachable, funny and most of all...extremely knowledgeable.
We had a chat to Shaq, and asked him a few questions to give you a better insight into what he loves the most about his home country, Uganda.
How did you come to work with Gecko's?
I have been a tour leader with Gecko's for over seven years now. I love my country (Uganda) and love to sightsee and travel. I also love meeting different people from different cultures, so when the tour leading job with Gecko's was advertised, I had to take it up.
What do you like most about your job?
The best thing about tour leading is that I get to show people around my country and share our culture with the groups. I also like to learn about the cultures the Gecko's groups come from. I find this very interesting.
What's your favourite tour to be part of?
My favourite tour is the 8-day Gorilla Express. Visiting Bwindi National Park and the gorilla trekking experience are always the highlight. Bwindi is a beautiful rainforest and seeing the gorillas in the wild always amazes my groups. I love to see the look on their faces when they first see the gorillas.
What are some other highlights you enjoy about your job?
One of my favourite activities on the tour is when we camp on Bushara Island, after the gorilla trek. We teach the group how to play bongo drums and dance our local dances. I always tell my groups to 'shake what their mama gave them' which is how African people dance – by shaking their lower waists. It is lots of fun and very enjoyable.
Do you have any advice for people wanting to come to Uganda?
I hope that you will all come to my country to see the gorillas. The best time to come to Uganda is during the dry season which is June to September. If you are going to come to my country, I would like to give you the following advice:
If you'd like the chance to meet Shaq, or just visit his part of the world, why not check out all our trips to Uganda. There's plenty there to inspire you!