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Published: November 3rd 2008
I can't believe how long it is since I've done a blog but I think it's quite common ... at first so much is new and exciting and then day to day life takes over. Anyway I have lots of lovely pictures of Uganda for your delight and delictation as I took a week off to go on a big safari trip to the West with John Paul.
On a five day trip we covered many miles - and very many potholes - and stayed in 5 lovely places. Lake Mburo national park in a very posh tent, Isasha in an even posher tent, Mweya in the Ugandan equivalent of a 5 * hotel complete with swimming pool, massages and fabulous cocktails by the campfire for the 'safari' bit of the trip. Then Lake Ndali in the crater lakes - sort of English thatched cottages transferred to Africa with amazing views and the a guest house in Fort Portal.
I won't bore you with endless holiday details but we saw lots of animals, including lions up trees (one of the things to tick off on your 'Do Uganda' list if your so-inclined), lots of elephants and hippos cuddling up
to water-buffalo in the Kasinga channel. A brave thing indeed to cuddle up a water buffalo especially as they are the grumpiest-looking animals in Uganda. And we went chimpanzee tracking in Kibale forest which was amazing ... I was quite obsessed with chimpanzees at university so it was very exciting to see them in the wild. It was difficult to photograph them as flash photography would upset them and the forest was quite dark and gloomy so you may need to use your imagination slightly on the photos. I did attempt video but it went a bit wrong as some big mean ants were climbing up my trouser legs as I was filming.
Also did a lot of fascinating people watching, accompanied by razor sharp sarcasm from our guide Douglas who was as cool as f***. Highlights were a British couple who's eloquence stretched to 'Great' in one of the visitor books, a man who had his own name tattoed on both wrists and a very odd looking and behaving American lady who almost distracted me from the chimps.
Anyway the pictures will speak for the spectacular beauty of Uganda. I'll answer any questions in next blog. Am
back at work now and not enjoying it much but it's only 47 days until I'm coming home for Christmas! And two weekend trips planned before them - one to Sipi Falls in the east where I will probably not abseil down a waterfall and one to Que
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