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Africa Day 6 – Kampala to Chimps

August 26th, 2009 No comments

A fairly leisurely start this morning as we all had a rough nights sleep – there were a few dogs that decided they didn’t like each other in the night and kept fighting near our tents. Den cooked ueggs for breakfast which was a nice change although it was quite worrying to see vultures on the roof of the bar looking at us while we ate!!

Vultures watching us eat

Vultures watching us eat

After finishing breakfast quickly so as not to attract more vultures we headed into Kampala to a shopping centre to get supplies for the tour and buy anything we wanted to have personally. I bought some coffee beans, steers seasoning and batteries before going with Trip, our token American, to the coffee shop on the corner for some “Good African Cffee”. It was actually rather nice – I had an iced coffee and Trip had a hot chocolate but we both agreed that the setting combined with the fresh produce did make it good experience.

Good Africa Coffee

Good Africa Coffee

Good African... er... Hot Chocolate

Good African… er… Hot Chocolate

Shopping Centre

Shopping Centre

We passed out through Kampala and had lunch at the side of the road somewhere. The kids didn’t seem to come as close today but probably just as well as one of them was waving a machete. They did seem friendly enough however and cheered at us, as did a car full of businessmen when they saw our Tokoloshe when we drove through Kainjojo. I was in the front of the truck for this part of the journey as Jono was in the back fixing the window where I was sitting which allowed me to get some great photos.

We saw this on the way!

We saw this on the way!

Kids watching us have lunch

Kids watching us have lunch

Portrait shot

Portrait shot

We’re staying at the Chimpanzee Guest House for a couple of nights and the scenery on the way here was amazing. It was so lush and covered with so much tea which resulted in good photo opportunities. Another good photo opportunity was about 10km from the guest house when a whole herd of longhorn cattle came walking down the road towards us and went all around the truck on their way to wherever they were going.

These were in the way

These were in the way

It was raining when we got to the campsite but the setting here is amazing. The camp consists of lovely grounds on a hill, overlooking a lake and next to a tea plantation. The service was also great – the owners came straight out to greet us, followed shortly by a group of women who offered to do our washing for us for the equivalent of $7 a bag and a lot of us decided to make use of the offer.

Before dinner, which was a chicken curry of some description, I got on top of the truck with Al and Trip for some photos and to look at the scenery and I wasn’t disappointed!

Dog!

Dog!

2 Dogs

2 Dogs

Chimpanzee Guesthouse

Chimpanzee Guesthouse

Me and the scenery

Me and the scenery

I’ll try to get a good nights sleep tonight as I’m on truck lockup duty tomorrow and there are a few people that have decided to do the morning trek to see the chimps so I’ll need to get up early.

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Africa Day 5 – Into Uganda

August 25th, 2009 No comments

Another early start today, with breakfast at 530, in an attempt to make it to the border early. It wasn’t far to the border but we expected it to take some time due to all the processes that needed to be undertaken. We made a quick stop at Webuye, near Bungoma, to refuel the truck on the way to the border where just as I predicted the Tokoloshe got us quite a lot of attention from the locals. They weren’t quite sure if his attachment was his belly button or his penis and spent some time rubbing it trying to find out!!

Stopping for fuel at Webuye

Stopping for fuel at Webuye

Kenyan side of the border

Kenyan side of the border

It’s quite a surreal experience crossing a land border in Africa. In Europe we don’t have any proper land borders but this border had the Kenyan departure section, then customs control, then the border itself, then Ugandan medical control, then Ugandan Arrivals and then finally Ugandan customs. All of the time you have people trying to sell you everything from meat samosas to Ugandan passport covers and everything in between.

Changing money is also a new experience. On both sides of the border there lots of people wearing what look like rain coats and holding big bundles of money- these are the official, licensed, money exchangers. Even though they’re licensed you have to be careful. When I tried to change USD to Ugandan Shillings he offered 1800 despite the exchange rate being 2030. We negotiated him up to 1950 which was the best we were going to get but then he conveniently miscounted so after arguing the case and getting the correct number of shillings from him I was happy and got back on the truck.

Uganda seems more built up than Kenya and as soon as we crossed the borders there were more houses, factories, hotels and bigger farms. It also seems a lot greener even just after crossing a river. We stopped for lunch at Kakira, near Jinja, and of course were the centre of attention to the kids again.

Ugandan Scenery

Ugandan Scenery

Adorable

Adorable

Centre of attention again

Centre of attention again

Lunch time

Lunch time

We arrived at the Red Chilli campsite in Kampala this afternoon, after making a brief stop at a petrol station near Mukono, and set up camp. Dinner was a nice large amount of Spaghetti Bolognese and afterwards we all met for drinks in the bar. The bar was basic but the drinks were cheap and the surroundings were really nice. I really like this camp site and wish we were able to stay here an extra day as we’ve been told we won’t have any time to explore Kampala and this would give us an opportunity to do so.

At the petrol station in Mukono

At the petrol station in Mukono

I love this pic

I love this pic

Red Chilli Campsite, Kampala

Red Chilli Campsite, Kampala

Bar at the Red Chilli

Bar at the Red Chilli

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Africa is all booked again

May 26th, 2009 No comments

I’m pleased to announce, now that I’ve added a full blog of my first ever overland Africa trip, that my next one is now fully booked – Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda with Dragoman!

I’ll be flying out to Nairobi in the last half of August, staying there for the night before heading out through Kenya, into Uganda and finally to Rwanda to see the rare Mountain Gorillas. Then we’ll be making our way back through Uganda to Kenya again where I’ll have one final night in Nairobi before flying back to the UK.

Highlights of the trip will include

  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Lake Nakaru
  • Eldoret, Kenya
  • Kampala, Uganda
  • Jinja / Lake Victoria
  • Queen Elizabeth National  Park
  • Trekking with Chimps in the Kibale Forest
  • Lake Bunyoni
  • Lake Mburo
  • Kigali, Rwanda
  • Rwandan Genocide Memoria
  • Trekking with Mountain Gorillas near Ruhengeri, Rwanda

There’s no point going into too much detail as I don’t know everything that will be going on just yet – and being Africa things will change quite a lot. I thought I’d post it now that everything including any extras have all been booked, so that you can access the RSS feed of this category to subscribe should you wish to. I’ve given this trip it’s own category as I’ll be out of the country for 18 days and will have lots of things to talk about so it’s probably a good idea to separate things 🙂

I’m getting really excited about this. I love Africa and had a great time in Namibia when I was there in 2002. I don’t know why but I’ve always wanted to visit Rwanda and in a few months I’ll get my chance :). Expect a full report from me when I get back, maybe quick updates from me when I’m out there if I get net connection.

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