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Africa » Uganda » Eastern Region » Jinja June 26th 2003

It was a long day of buses from Kabale to Jinja and the roads were dry and bumpy. It felt like the last long bus journey of ours in Africa and it wasn't easy. We sat on a bus in Kabale for about 3 hours since the very aggressive bus touts put us on the one that didn't go first. When we got to the minibus rank in Kampala we got onto a nearly full bus to Jinja which was smart since people were trying to get us into empty ones that would wait for a long time - once bitten and all that (If only it was only once). When we got to Jinja it was hard to get to the Backpackers - but we got a taxi there and then after waking up the ... read more


We bummed around Kisoro for a day and then took a 2 hour taxi to the National Forest where we had booked to stay a night before our tracking. We were the only people staying at the Park entrance and things were very quiet. The next morning we got up and met our fellow trackers - a couple of professional photographers from Germany, and a Canadian tourist. There were 3 army guys with guns for our safety (we were quite close to the Rwanda border) and 3 trackers. The instructed us on the days activity: We would go to where the Gorillas had been seen yesterday and track them to where they were today (hopefully). We would then track them as they moved through the bamboo forest eating for one hour and then we would head ... read more
Gorilla

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Kisoro June 21st 2003

The roads in Uganda are terrible. The bus broke down at about 2 pm when we had been on it since 6 am and it took a few hours to fix. Luckily for the passengers a local happened to be cycling past with a box of delicious pineapples and a large knife. For a small fee he would prepare the pineapple which was so juicy and tasty. We arrived in Kisoro at dusk and found a reasonable guest house with help from one of the local boys.... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala June 20th 2003

Kampala was a bustling city with a huge minibus park very close to where we were staying. We visited many travel agents in an attempt to get a cheap flight to London, but ended up with a not so cheap one flying in about a weeks time. We also booked our tour to go mountain gorilla tracking in Magahinga National Forest. $250 to track gorillas for an hour was the last splash of the trip and we couldn't pass up on the unique opportunity that many travelers before us had recommended highly. After taking a little break and going to the Cinema in Kampala to see Matrix Reloaded we got up infeasible early to get a bus to Kisoro. ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala April 15th 2003

...had a 200kg Silverback Gorilla throw a tree at you? No?! Well, we have. You want more details?!?! Well, OK then... We spent an awesome hour watching a family of gorillas in Ugandas Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. There was the mighty silverback, blackbacks, females, juveniles and a three month old baby. They were wandering round the undergrowth feeding, and we were hacking our way through the undergrowth trying to watch them. There were three people in our group (a maximum of six are allowed to watch any one group per day), along with a guide, three trackers and three armed guards. The hike into the forest was not easy, but well worth it. We would have paid again the next day to see the gorillas a second time if we had the cash on us! Hopefully ... read more
We're all happy campers after our gorilla trip
Around Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Tea fields and pickers, Buhoma

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Entebbe November 23rd 2000

Here in Kampala, the Red Chili Hideaway is an oasis. A big lawn outside the main building is where we pitched the tent. From Kampala we can get our Tanzanian visas but we're stuck waiting for a few days. Our schedule's getting tighter and it makes sense to me for us to skip a visit to Lamu in exchange for a few days in the Ssese Islands. Mike seems to agree, I hope it's in his heart. Note: I'm now minus one wallet, 7000 USh (about $4)and 3 credit cards (easily cancelled). Why did I let my guard down? Answer: because I'm not in Nairobi. Sometimes my boyfriend just doesn't want to think about what he wants to do and then just when we're down to the wire, he gets clarity. We won't go to Lamu, ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Eastern Region » Jinja November 21st 2000

The trip was long to Kakamega but we made it in one day and stayed in a hotel before the ride to the National Forest. It was a very solitary place, green and lush. Monkeys were everywhere! We did one night of camping before a rainforest tour with our guide, Solomon. This is one place I'd come back to, no question. It's actually the most appealing part of Kenya I've seen yet. Another full day of travel, hopping matatus and having the misfortune to encounter the most unpleasant immigration officer ever. Since I was compliant with the requirements he barked out, the only thing he had to gripe about was that I came to Uganda overland through Ethiopia. "Very unusual", he said suspiciously. As soon as the painful immigration process was over we were allowed to ... read more
Rafting the Nile
Rafting the Nile




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