Published: October 27th 2011October 16th 2011
Fisherman on Lake Victoria
We dragged ourselves away from Sipi and set out on a hot, rainy and torturaous journey to Jinja, famous for being the site of the source of the Nile. We went on a second boat trip on to Lake Victoria to view the source, but there wasn't actually much to see, other than a few rapids. The views at Bujagali were alot more exciting, especially watching the Bujagali Swimmers, who jump into the rapids holding nothing but a jerry can and swim right through them. It was also amusing when an asian family asked to take our photo. Initially we thought they wanted us to take a photo for them but it turned out that they wanted to be in the picture with us, as they were very excited because we were the first mixed race couple they had seen and they wanted to show our picture to their friends!
We signed ourselves up for a white water rafting trip, but unfortunately, we had to postpone the outing due to a very un-Ugandan morning of heavy rain. However, the sun was shining the next day and we got out onto the river and spent the day paddling our way down
the Nile, through the rapids with some intentional and unintentional spills into the water. On the final rapid, Celina decided to abandon ship and dove into the water, because she thought the raft was tipping over and was swept well away from us before realising we were all still upright and paddling on!
After a post rafting BBQ, we jumped on a bus straight to Kampala, to check out Uganda's capital. We stayed close to the city centre on a swarming market street, which was busy with people unloading mattresses, sofas, jerry cans and pharmaceuticals, etc throughout the day and night.
We managed to dodge through the city streets avoiding being hit by thousands of cars, minibuses and bodabodas to visit an art gallery and the Houses of Parliament where we managed to inadvertantly end up sitting in on and evening session of Parliament, debating a contraversial oil bill and being broadcast live on national TV. We also took in an evening at the National Theatre where we saw local young poets, singers, breakdancers and hip-hop mcs perform.
After a few days in the conjested city we were in need of a break and some fresh air,
The source of the Nile (not much to see!)
so we headed to Kabale in sotuhwestern Uganda, and on to the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi.
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