Uganda

Villagers gathering for a football match in rural Uganda

Villagers gathering for a football match in rural Uganda

We didn’t know what to expect with Uganda, but were rewarded greatly for travelling here. Immigration was swift and pleasant, but only Leanne’s bag came off the carousel. My bag never made it out of South Africa, but fortunately I was reunited with it a few days later. We were met by our Ugandan guide and driver who would be transporting us across the country for the next week. A very nice person about our age named Robert.

We spent our first night in a welcoming guesthouse in Entebbe. The next day we drove through busy Kampala and on to Jinja. Driving through rural areas was something special. We admired women in beautiful bright coloured dresses walking on the red coloured earth of Africa and carrying all sorts of goods on their heads, boys pushing 100kgs of weight on bicycles up hills between villages, and children in their school uniforms walking along the streets. We stopped along the road to look at tea fields and a boy carrying a large bucket on his head put it down to walk over and just stare at us from a few meters away. He had never seen people with white skin from such a close range. It wasn’t until we learned this that we knew this would be a special experience here. With the exception of a few tourist areas and the occasional overland group, we felt like we were the only tourists in the country. We would be spotted from our skin colour in the van we travelled in from a distance and we were quite the spectacle. Everywhere people would smile, wave, yell, or simply stare as we passed by.

In Jinja we went to the source of the Nile and admired the rapids on the Nile. We stayed in a permanent tented shelter contained within a clay structure with a thatched roof. It had a beautiful view which could even be seen from the shower and toilet. The next day we crossed the Equator before driving through the lower thorn and savannah scrub lands of Lake Mburu National Park. We saw numerous animals especially zebras, impalas, monkeys, wart hogs and more. The place we stayed at, the Mihingo Lodge, is stunning. There are ten chalets here each completely private from the other. Our lodge was stunning with beautiful views and we could see animals nearby our porch. It is perched on a rock on a hill overlooking the national park. It is so private there is no curtain for the toilet or shower areas from the outside view. The service we had here, the food we ate here, the comfort was something else. It was so exclusive and amazing I felt so lucky and so spoilt to have stayed there. It was bliss. After the sun went down we watched bushbabies eating under artificial red light. In the morning Leanne and I met with a ranger and did a long safari walk seeing many animals and climbing up the rock home of a group of velvet monkeys. We left the park in the afternoon driving past many more animals and some incredible rural areas on our way to the hills to our cottage looking down on Lake Buyoni and its many tiny islands. The following morning we took a boat across the lake and carried on towards Rwanda.

We have photos posted, but they do not show many of the incredible things we saw travelling across this country. We have really enjoyed it here and hope to return again. If you are planning on visiting East Africa, do not miss out going here. With the exception of some bordering areas, it is a safe country, with incredible people and it is only starting to benefit from tourism. Send us a note and we will put you in touch with a great guide who can get you anywhere you want to go.

Photos are here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=105577&id=673382190&l=2a4922d690

We have now arrived in Rwanda.