Blogs from Jinja, Eastern Region, Uganda, Africa


Africa » Uganda » Eastern Region » Jinja September 22nd 2018

In Uganda decided to do things a little differently than we did in Tanzania. Here we have hired a car – well an old SUV, it’s a 20 year old Toyota RAV4. The benefit of this is that we can see Uganda without having to take an organised tour. I think it should be more fun and also considerably cheaper. This plan doesn’t get off to the best start as we need to wait until after lunch for our car to arrive at the hotel in Kampala. By then we’re decided that we should spend another night in the city and head on out to Jinja - the source of the White Nile- early the next day. Jinja turns out not to be much of a place, but our hotel overlooks the river, is OK ... read more
View to the Nile from our hotel
War cemetery at Jinja

Africa » Uganda » Eastern Region » Jinja March 15th 2016

Woke up lazily; as I wasn’t sleeping that deeply unfortunately, and got up had a quick rinse and went for breakfast. The coffee was decent, breakfast yummy and Sahara and I sat there (all the other girls had gone white water rafting already) and were just ‘in the moment’, where so many of us long to be. Looked at our watches to see that it was already 9:05 (we were to meet the kayakers at 9) and went “Meh, African time” and finished our coffee overlooking the scenery of the Nile river before sauntering over to the starting point. We met Abraham our guide, Sahara was going Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) and I was kayaking as each of us loved those 2 sports, and we could work together speed wise. Got down to the dock, ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Eastern Region » Jinja January 15th 2016

Apparently the water levels never change on this part of the Nile due to a dam upstream. So no worries about these rains down in Africa. I heard the Zambezi was the best and I also heard the White Nile in Uganda was the best for commercial white water rafting. Soooooo I already did the Zambezi at the beginning of this tour and now its time to compare. Everything started off the same way; breakfast, briefing, getting the gear. There was no hike down a canyon this time though (thank god) and we did our practice paddling in the calm water. I got a shock when I asked how many rapids we would be doing when our Kiwi guide said 8 because the Zambezi had 19 named rapids and 10 unnamed….woa. I don’t even know how ... read more
a salt water lake...
oh these are some more dr suess plants...

Africa » Uganda » Eastern Region » Jinja July 26th 2014

Today was Safari day. It started out great. We got up early and had breakfast. Chapatti with eggs (similar to a breakfast burrito. Chapatti reminds me of thick Swedish pancake. It's basically a wheat and water mixture that is fried with some spices. We headed out for the park straight after breakfast around 6:30... Best time to see the Animals. At the entrance we met our guide. His name is Savior. Who knows if that is his real name or just his English version. In my past experiences of traveling many of the people I have met change their birth name to something that is easier for Westerners to pronounce and remember especially when they are involved with a job frequently used by foreigners. Savior was hilarious and he reminded me of Nelson Mandela. He spoke ... read more
Entrance to the Safari Park
Sunrise in the park
Britta, Brittany, Kristi and I on the Safari

Africa » Uganda » Eastern Region » Jinja June 25th 2014

I met some really interesting people on my flights. A guy from Jerusalem who was working as a camp counselor in NY, a family of six with children all under the age of 8 who are moving to Uganda from Ohio to be part of the organization Kisses from Katie..... That should be a bit of a change for them. The wife/mom is a psychologist and she is going to use that background with the organization and the dad is planning on raising the kids. They have four boys (ages 2,3,6,8) and the two older ones they adopted from Uganda. It sparked a bit of the spirit in my soul that has always randomly thought someday I would do the Peace Corps or some organization like that. Quite interesting to see other people's walks of life ... read more
Uganda Street Life

Africa » Uganda » Eastern Region » Jinja June 20th 2014

20 June: Jinja, Uganda Today was our day of white water rafting on the Nile. so exciting! Off at 8AM we stopped by the rafting place for briefing, life vests, and helmets. We were then off with a take away breakfast of fruit and tortilla rolls ( I had just the fruit). While in the truck, Samantha and I were seated in the back with two guides. I was talking to Ben about working with the rafting company and his life in Uganda. He was excited that if he did well this year, either this August or next, he may go to Colorado which was fun to talk to him about having been from there. We arrived at the river an hour and a half later and set up to raft. In our raft we had, ... read more

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

Africa » Uganda » Eastern Region » Jinja December 31st 2013

It has been an interesting December in Uganda. From what we saw Ugandans don’t really do a build up to Christmas, which was quite refreshing on reflection although it was quite surreal walking down the street in the blazing sun to occasionally hear Jingle Bells being played. Now we have been here for over four months, I think we are starting to understand the culture here. Well I say understand, I mean realize how things work. During December I did a fair bit of work with Softpower Education. This was the charity I went worked for with my in-laws, we dug a trench in the October sun. I was helping out in a school each afternoon that caters for children with disabilities. There are around 35 of these children who board at the school, along with ... read more
Merry Christmas from Ugandan Children
The Gaddafi Mosque and minaret we climbed
Inside the mosque

Africa » Uganda » Eastern Region » Jinja November 17th 2013

Me again! First of all I must warn you it is very hot here… so don’t read this if you are in a fragile state due to the cold weather in the UK. We had a brilliant time with the in-laws. After a lovely cruise along the Nile we flew to the far North of Uganda and had 3 nights in Kidepo National Park. This was a planned safari trip as a little treat for completing the first two months of our stay. The lodge was amazing - each room was an individual log cabin with a balcony and private outside bathtub overlooking the game park. Once we arrived and unpacked of course (Ness’s favourite thing about going away?!?) we went for a swim in the infinity pool that had views of the park and the ... read more
Amazing infinity pool
Apoka Lodge
Oustside bath tub

Africa » Uganda » Eastern Region » Jinja November 7th 2013

Sorry for the delay, don’t worry Ness’s blog is coming, we have just been busy the last couple of weeks, so it’s me again! So two weeks ago I went on the Three Stone Health Preventive Training course. It was brilliant to see Alfred (one of the trainers) wearing a Welsh tie – he didn’t have a clue where it came from or what it was, but brought a smile to my face! As we drove from the Guest House to the village we saw Muslims outside each mosque having special services for Eid. As we passed a rather large outside service, Charles (the person from the village hosting the training) stated he needed to stop and buy the beef for the lunch. Next thing we knew the service was over as most people had got ... read more
Inquisitive Muslims
Three Stones Training
First Screening in Uganda of the March of the Penguins

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