Hike and canoe to Kisoro

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January 16th 2014
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Today we headed out for our travels to Kisoro. Our guide, Everest, met us at Nkuringo Gorilla Camp and we drove to our drop off point to begin our walk to Lake Matunda. This part of the walk was mostly on narrow dirt, rock, sand road used mainly by locals who walk, bicycle of motor cycle to and fro. We walked by many subsistence farming areas and, once again, the children almost appear out of nowhere to say hello to the masungas. After about 2 1/2hours we arrived at Lake Matunda. It is a lovely lake with very lush islands dotted here and there. Some were even being farmed. Because the area is so hilly the farms are all terraced which makes them even more scenic. The land looks very fertile and the main crops are yams, corn and bananas. A few farmers also have tea and/or coffee growing.

The area we walked through is called Chameleon Hill because of the chameleon population that lives here. We saw one right at the start of the walk and had seen a few back at Nkuringo including two horned chameleons.

After a lovely coffee break at the Chameleon Hill lodge- a high end lodge set up on the hill overlooking the lake – we headed down to meet our dug-out canoes.

The trip across the lake took about 2 ½ hours. Dug-out canoes are quite comfortable and it was a lovely, lazy way to enjoy the scenery. Richard paddled to his heart's content.

Once on the other side we had another 90 minutes of walking through more farm area and then into Kisoro.

Kisoro is only about 15 km from the DRC border. It is a lovely little town with a good tarmac road going through it. The sides of the streets are all planted with greenery and flowers making the town prettier and brighter than many we have seen so far. We arrived on market day so the place was a beehive of activity and it was great people watching. Ugandans carry all kinds of things easily on their heads – sacks of potatoes, 6 foot long sugar cane stalks, baskets filled with who knows what and stacks of firewood. You name it they carry it on their heads. It's amazing how well balanced they are. Many are also barefoot and easily walk on all kinds of surfaces.

This is just a one night stop for us as we make our way back to Kampala/Entebbe to fly home.

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Chameleon Hill LodgeChameleon Hill Lodge
Chameleon Hill Lodge

Stopped here for a coffee on the way to the dugout canoes

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