Blogs from 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 August 6th 2018

Okay so we made it. Qatar were are a great airline but the 17.5 hour flight Auckland to Doha was just a bit too much (for me especially). Just a tiny bit of drama when I got sick 10 hours in -used up many a sick bag and held up the queue in the loo several times. As a result the airline staff requested a check up by the medics on arrival. by that time my stomach was empty and all other vitals were fine such as heart rate, temperature etc. However what wasn't aware of was that there was a note on my transfer flight and we got to the boarding gate and they held us up not convinced I was okay to fly. They called the medical centre who cleared me..Phew.. Must say the ... read more
Hummingbird_Ent bot Gardens
Bird_Ent Bot Gardens
HornBills_Ent Bot Gardens

Africa » Uganda » Eastern Region January 26th 2018

ROC On Karagwe - Day 1FridayIf you have been following the ETI website, the ETI Travelblog, ETI’s Facebook or Twitter, you know that we are in Karagwe, Tanzania now working on the Rural Opportunity Centers. Bruce Engel of BURO Engel Architects and I are working with the Karagwe Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in order to plan the design of centers or hubs located in rural areas as extensions or satellites of Karagwe University College (KARUCO). ETI arrived to Entebbe at 10:55PM - tired but too excited to let our eyelids drop. Customs was rather streamlined and we easily found our friend and driver ... read more

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 » Soroti July 24th 2014

Seeing as tomorrow is the last day with most of the group we decided to all do something fun together as a group. Being here for a month together has made most of us bond or make us act like brother and sister and quarrel often.... like Kristi and Andrew for instance. It's funny how much they tease one another. It's pretty constant but all in good fun.... I think ;) Anyways, we hired a personal driver and headed out towards Mbale to Sipi Falls. It's a short hike to three waterfalls and then there is a giant cave at the end. It was pretty cool. At the second waterfall all of us ended up hiking down and standing underneath the water. It was hilarious. We would stand close and be just getting sprayed a little ... read more
Kevin under the falls
Sipi Falls
From the top

Africa » Uganda » Eastern Region » Soroti July 23rd 2014

Julius took the group to his village today. He has wanted to introduce us the entire time we have been here but seeing as everyone was so sick we haven't been able to all make it out. His village is fairly close to the hospital so we left from there and walked a couple of miles. We passed this old airstrip. Julius said that in the 70s and 80s there were a group of American doctors who came over and helped start the hospital Freda Carr. They use to land there and bring supplies. They would also work on and off in Uganda during the year. In the 80s however, there was some kind of civil unrest or civil war or something and so they stopped coming and the medical supplies stopped coming as well. Now ... read more
Andrew and I
Dr Julius' Family Compound
Julius and Kevin

Africa » Uganda » Eastern Region » Soroti July 21st 2014

I went back to KUMI University today with Dr. Stephen. I like the setting and the people there are wonderful. I also appreciate that I get to see more than just malaria and typhoid fever. The building and clinic are very clean and nice too. Much newer and cleaner than all the other clinics we have been at. They serve us lunch there as well. Today we had cabbage with a G-nut (peanut) sauce and tiny little fish diced up eyes and all. They watched me to see if I was going to actually try it and they asked me if I was fearing it. I was terrified to try it but I did and actually liked it. The fish didn't taste like anything. It was similar to the way tofu takes on the flavor of ... read more
The nice office at Kumi
Some of the ladies from Kumi University
The cute kids here

Africa » Uganda » Eastern Region » Soroti July 20th 2014

Our last full weekend in Africa. This morning we all woke up and relaxed. A group of us played cards this morning. We are a little addicted. I taught everyone how to play hearts and so the other night we had all nine of us playing with two decks. It was a ton of fun and hilarious. It's so funny to see how competitive some people get. Basically we have a ton of super competitive people playing the game. It's hilarious to watch people jest each other all game. We've all gotten really close so everyone seems to argue over cards like brother and sister.... Especially Kristi and Andrew. After a long game of hearts, I went into Kumi by myself. I went to explore, buy some things at the super market, use the internet and ... read more
One of the painting sites... An old dwelling
Nyero Rocks
Nyero Rocks

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