Blogs from Kampala, Central Region, Uganda, Africa


Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala September 16th 2023

I booked a walking tour through Tripadvisor yesterday, with a female guide, Faridausi and Glyn booked an Uber to meet her in town. She was almost 20 minutes late, but it seems in Uganda, that’s standard and not worth an apology. The first stop was a statue of Edward Mutesa, the first president of Uganda, (after independence from the UK in 1962). He was also the King and pushed out of power by Milton Obote and sent into exile, aided by Idi Amin. And then Obote was ousted by Idi Amin, who made himself popular by returning the body of Mutesa, so he could be buried in Uganda. Nearby stood a statue celebrating Uganda’s independence, a public place with a few homeless scattered around. A very old sign displayed photographs from 1962. A big hole had ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala September 14th 2023

Uganda Day 11 The last day in Uganda and a summary If you were a taxi driver in London and someone asked you to take them to Buckingham Palace you’d at least of heard of it wouldn’t you? You wouldn’t need a photo of it and still not be able to find it would you? Things are different in Kampala…… We got up early and, after a buffet breakfast, caught an Uber down to the start of a walking tour we had booked last night. We were early of course and had a quick walk up to the Independnce Monument while we waited. The tour was due to start at 9:30 and the lady said she was on her way. A different lady arrived at 9:45 and didn’t apologise for being late. She was really nice ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala September 13th 2023

Uganda Day 10 Birds, traffic and getting lost in Kampala I was already awake when the alarm went off at 6 this morning so these lie-ins must be a bit too much. Breakfast was a buffet-style affair and quite Westernised but it was nice. The hotel houses conferences and weddings so it’s a bit posher than we’re used to and everyone is very formal but it’s clean and apparently in a nice part of town. Wehen we were booking in yesterday Zed was concerned that we might be a bit late setting off today as breakfast didn’t start until 7. So we were there just before 7 and ready for when he was due to pick us up at 7:30. He messaged to say that he was on his way, then that there was lots of ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala September 13th 2023

Breakfast at Forest Cottages was a buffet and I was accompanied by the hotel cat with one of her kittens. Both were given some of my omelette and nothing was left. The other three kittens were cuddled up nearby in a plant pot. Zedius was due to arrive at 7.30 am but due to Kampala traffic being solid, he arrived at 8.10. The traffic was practically gridlocked, a hot hell that took some time to traverse. Our destination was Mabamba Swamp, on the edge of Lake Victoria for a boat trip and it took around 2 hours to get there. Being only a few miles south of the equator, it was roasting. It’s weird to think that only the day before yesterday in the mountains, I needed to wear the hoodie I’d bought at the first ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala September 12th 2023

Today we left Lake Bunyoni for the 440 km trip back to Kampala including a stop at the equator. It was sad to leave all the lovely people of Lake Bunyoni View, but we did leave them a good tip. At a nearby petrol station, Didan said his farewells too and we thanked him a lot for the awesome time we had. And so started our long journey, through towns, past farms with women and children toiling in the fields. By quarries where mostly women were bent over doing what appeared to be back-breaking work. We left our last dirt road and returned to tarmac, where they have far fewer potholes than the UK. Zedius calls it an African massage when we drive over the bumpy dirt roads, but in all honesty, I’ve not found them ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala January 7th 2022

Today's post is a shout out to my bestie Jessica. It wasn't even lunchtime and she had already spent most of her day taking care of me. First, I get stuck in all the snow in the driveway. Mind you, I'm driving her car that she has been loaning me. She comes over and digs my (her) car out of the snow. Then she spends the rest of her day driving me to the Detroit airport to catch my first flight. I am lucky to be one of the flowers that she takes such good care of. Love you Jess I am writing this from my first flight which is Detroit to Amsterdam. An upside of a being a solo traveler is that it is much easier to move seats to get your own row. I ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala December 30th 2021

I am three days out from leaving and testing out a blog that I hope to keep updated for friends and family to read... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala July 7th 2019

Agandi! Where to start? So much has happened in so little time. We have finished our community placement and now we are off to Kampala for a couple days to make some "site visits". We're not entirely sure what that entails, but we are trusting that our supervisors will make it a meaningful and memorable time. :) Yesterday we returned to Mbarara to spend the night before continuing the journey to the capital. Saying good-bye to the Rugazi community was difficult to say the least. for once we actually left on (Canadian) time, which was unexpected and made the hugs and teary good byes feel all the more abrupt. Even in spite of language/cultural differences and the short amount of time we spent in Rugazi, the people and the circumstances they face have affected us deeply ... read more
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Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala December 14th 2018

The never ending dilemma, “What is my responsibility?” and "Can anything explain why I have the opportunities I do besides random chance?" I am excited to leave Uganda, to go back to normal toilets, access to clean drinking water from the tap, convenience of firm departure times. But how do I forget the power of the American dollar (average rent $40 - $100; monthly income $250, a semester at college $1300), malaria and typhoid, most don’t have access to indoor plumbing or electricity? The things occupying the mind here are things that never crossed my mind: getting water, how to study without electricity, missing a week of school each month because I don’t have menstral pads. While I am not wealthy in the states, I am actually rich compared to the global population. Why? Because I ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala December 13th 2018

We are heading back to Kampala today to spend one more day with Norah and decreasing the chance of missing our flight by trying to do all the travel in one Day. The one thing I didn’t write about was having dinner with Chan, Florence and Nestar. It was wonderful to see Florence and Nestar. Florence is the same animated, kindhearted and realistic person she was 5 years ago and Nestar is growing like a string bean into an intelligent young woman who told me people call her crazy because she smiles so much. Florence is currently working with a Spanish volunteer organization, but only has volunteers May through August. The remainder of the year she is at home and manages her small matoke farm. Nestar is on break and spending it in the village with ... read more

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