Ivory Belongs to Elephants
"Devote yourself to an idea, go make it happen, struggle on it and overcome your fears, you will achieve your goal. I am determined to walk and change the world. The East Africa Walk is a great opportunity to reach out to different people in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda with the ivory belongs to elephants message." -Jim Justus Nyamu
Jim Justus Nyamu, is the co-founder of Elephant Neighbors Centrer, a research organization focusing on enhancing the capacity of communities living outside protected areas by educating them on how to live in harmony with wildlife through beneficial community projects.
The Ivory Belongs to Elephants East Africa Walk is a continuation of previous walks by Jim Nyamu. Since 2013 he has walked over 8500km maintaining the same message “ Ivory belongs to elephants. The walk was flagged off by H.E the First Lady of Republic of Kenya Mrs Margaret Kenyatta on 4th of June in Nairobi Kenya. This walk crisscrossed three countries Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda in 126 days covering approximately 3,200kms.
Elephant Neighbors Center brought together various organizations and three government agencies, Kenya Wildlife Service, Tanzania National Park Authorities, and Uganda Wildlife Authorities. This walk received enormous support from African Funds for Endangered Species ( AFEW-Giraffe Center, Save the Elephants, International Funds for Animal Warfare (IFAW), The Nature Conservancy, Kibo Safaris, AAR Health, Maniago Safaris, NIC bank, Tanzania Private Safaris, Exotic Expedition Safaris, Lake Bunyonyi, Conservation Through Public Health among other organizations and individuals.
Nile River Explorers was proud to support Jim and his team of twelve by offering one of our coaster buses, complete with driver and fuel for a period of one week on their journey from Mubende to Kampala and free accommodation in Jinja.