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Africa » Uganda » Eastern Region » Jinja June 19th 2014

19 June: Jinja, Uganda Being able to sleep in was quite nice as our activity today is only horseback riding at 2PM for two hours. Samantha and I decided to get some laundry done after breakfast. Breakfast was fruit and yogurt for me at the restaurant at the campsite as that was one of the food options on the menus that I could eat and it turned out tasty. After our laundry, we enjoy a little time to read and get ready for horseback riding. Before heading off horseback riding we had lunch which was a nice chicken avocado with coleslaw. For horseback riding, we had a boatman take us across the rive. Along he way, was really nice to seeing different birds and enjoying a nice ride with Julie, Mirium, Samantha and Myself. Once we ... read more
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Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Kabale June 17th 2014

Just a quick note – so there has been a glitch on the TravelBlog website, and anyone who has tried subscribing to the blog hasn't been added to the email list. Until it gets fixed, just message me your email on Facebook or private message me on here so I can manually add the addresses to the list. Sorry about that! Now that our orientation/class was finally finished it was time for us to head out into rural Uganda to work in the small communities and the local health clinic/hospital. Snoop Dogg told us to be at the school by 7am sharp and although we had serious doubts that we would leave anytime close to this, we were on time just in case. And, as we expected, somewhere around 10:30am our bus, packed to the roof ... read more
Packed into the bus
Our first latrine!

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Queen Elizabeth NP June 15th 2014

Day 18- Saturday June 7th-Breakfast we had homemade somosas (yummy!!). Early in the morning we had a fairly bad rain/hail storm and then for the rest of the day it was sunny out. Lounged around the health centre and played volleyball with a homemade ball (made out of plastic bags and yarn) and made new friends. Had a group meeting in the evening about our community project. It was a fairly quiet day. Day 19- had chapattis for breakfast and chicken for lunch!!!! Another quiet day and a late group meeting. Day 20- Mike and I changed up our "ward rounds" and went to General ward for the week. Mariam a Ugandan student nurse also joined us. This day was quite jumbled since the clinical officers were following Mike, so I kind of bounced between pediatrics ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara June 11th 2014

Alright, so I left off with us just arriving in Entebbe, Uganda. After we met up with Frank and Gena, Frank took us for lunch at this cute little restaurant just off the shores of Lake Victoria. We had a fantastic first meal here, with a beautiful backdrop, before we made our way to our hostel, where we would be staying the first couple nights. It was easy to settle in to our temporary home, as was actually quite a bit nicer than we expected. It included hot, running water, functioning electricity and western style toilet. Not too shabby! I had to appreciate every hot shower I had because it very likely may be my last for a long time. Once we got unpacked, we decided to do some exploring by foot of the city. We ... read more
Entebbe Market
Children at the market
Where we lay our heads

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Queen Elizabeth NP June 8th 2014

Day 11- the journey to Rugazi village....07:00 am the six of us are all packed up again and walking over to the university from the residence. Life Lesson 3: pack light because at some point in your travels you will have to haul luggage for a far distance and possibly up and down sets of stairs (got in my cardio for the day hahaha). Best part was hauling heavy luggage accross the busy highway, lets just say it was a bunch of women running like mad and screaming. Once at the university we sat around for 2 and 1/2 hours for everyone to arrive and arrange luggage. Once everyone was assigned to their bus, lugagge and other equipment was packed, we managed to leave at 10:00 am. My group managed to be assigned to the "menopause ... read more

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Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Queen Elizabeth NP June 1st 2014

Hello everyone , I finally have consistent internet. Currently I am at Rugazi village for my four week placement and the weather is hot and I finally got a little sunburnt today. Anyways like the title of this blog I am going to briefly tell you about my first 12 days of my trip. Day 1- At 05:45 am my lovely friend drove me to the airport where I met up with four other group members from the University of Saskatchewan at the Saskatoon airport. Our flights go from Saskatoon, Toronto, Dubai then Entebbe. Once the four of us landed in Toronto international airport, we had a 10 hour layover there....long but we were able to take the time to get to know each other better. The flight from Toronto to Dubai was a 12 hour ... read more

Africa » Uganda January 30th 2014

Thursday 19th December Kalinzu Forest Reserve is located in Bushenyi District in western Uganda - a Natural Forest beaming with Chimps, Primates, butterflies and rare birds. Today we travelled to our accomodation on the edge of Queen Elizabeth Park and on the way, in the morning, we stopped at Kalinzu Forest reserve to trek for chimpanzies. Groups are set to a maximum of 6 so we split into two groups of 5 and off we set with our guide and her machette, our rain coats, long pants and high socks. We trekked for about an hour and a half through gorgeous rain forest, over streams and logs, before we came to a family of about 5 or 6 chimps. You are alowed to stay and watch them for an hour before you have to leave; we ... read more
The Village Walk
Kazinga Channel Safari, QE Park
Queen Elizabeth Park

Africa » Uganda January 25th 2014

Murray recently got back from his 2 week Uganda Mission where he headed up the team as Emergency Coordinator for the South Sudanese refugee response. The long term coordinator is now in country, which is why we have Murray back on Kenyan soil for 1 week before his next trip. 55,000 South Sudanese have crossed the border into Northern Uganda seeking refuge from the conflict between government and opposition forces that started mid December 2013. People were flooding in at 2,000-3,000 a day and overwhelmed the humanitarian community and local population. (Refugees were also crossing the border into Ethiopia, Kenya and North Sudan). When I talked briefly to Murray on the phone in his first week he was very down, the water shortage was bad and people barely had enough water to drink, let alone cook ... read more
Water trucking
New refugee arrivals with their baggage
Refugee tents

Africa » Uganda January 23rd 2014

Uganda “The Pearl of Africa” now “Gifted by Nature” was once described by Sir Winston Churchill at the start of the last century in 1908,.. “has a unique description which cannot be close to the truth….situated in the fertile heart of Africa, astride the Equator boasts of wide diverse landscape, from rugged snow capped mountains, the vast flatlands stretching to the horizon, Uganda offers visitors a wealth of breathtaking scenery”. Uganda gorilla Safaris and tracking form the pinnacle of the tourism industry Uganda. Kampala - Jinja Saturday 14th December 2013 We arrived in Kampala after a long flight via Dubai, we spent the afternoon and night at the Red Chilli Hideaway Hostel, beautiful views over the hills and the classic African secruity of iron gates and armed men. Sunday 15th December 2013 Today we transferred to ... read more
The Nile
Night 1 - Sunset Nile Cruise
Quad Biking in Jinja

Africa » Uganda » Central Region January 14th 2014

Still so much more to say about Uganda...Jinja and the source of the river Nile, bird watching on the Nile, fishing in Lake Victoria (I said fishing not catching!) Crossing the border from Kenya into Uganda was relatively painless if somewhat surly. We stuff ourselves on fresh hot samosas and plump ripe red bananas that hawkers rush to the sizes of our truck...sooo good! Right away it's obvious that we are in a new country, the roads improve, the comparative affluence is evident, the people appear more healthy and happy, old school reggae blares from brightly painted roadside stands....this place works for me! Artistic expression is organic and close to home, the humblest of compounds is swept clean, it's huts decorated with bands of light and dark mud. Baskets and woven mats, earthen pots for sale ... read more
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Verdant valley




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