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Africa » Uganda April 25th 2014

Gah. Chelsea Handler! You stole my blog title. I actually came to a dead stop at the airport bookstore when I saw your latest novel displayed. I also cursed you out...but then I got over it. Hey, it's not like my frivolous little travel blog will ever be anything more than a digital memento for me when I develop onset dementia. But Chelsea, if you ever need another catchy title, give me a ring, boo. Uganda was just on the horizon as we travelled northwest through Kenya for the Boda Boda (border). Here, thousands of transport trucks all attempt to squeeze over a shaky bridge at exactly the same time. Anyone not driving has to walk across. We did a zombie shuffle with the crowd towards the immigration wickets, dodging unruly drivers while flailing off the ... read more
Hills of Uganda at dawn
In De Nile on Da Nile
Posing

Africa » Uganda January 30th 2014

Thursday 19th December Kalinzu Forest Reserve is located in Bushenyi District in western Uganda - a Natural Forest beaming with Chimps, Primates, butterflies and rare birds. Today we travelled to our accomodation on the edge of Queen Elizabeth Park and on the way, in the morning, we stopped at Kalinzu Forest reserve to trek for chimpanzies. Groups are set to a maximum of 6 so we split into two groups of 5 and off we set with our guide and her machette, our rain coats, long pants and high socks. We trekked for about an hour and a half through gorgeous rain forest, over streams and logs, before we came to a family of about 5 or 6 chimps. You are alowed to stay and watch them for an hour before you have to leave; we ... read more
The Village Walk
Kazinga Channel Safari, QE Park
Queen Elizabeth Park

Africa » Uganda January 25th 2014

Murray recently got back from his 2 week Uganda Mission where he headed up the team as Emergency Coordinator for the South Sudanese refugee response. The long term coordinator is now in country, which is why we have Murray back on Kenyan soil for 1 week before his next trip. 55,000 South Sudanese have crossed the border into Northern Uganda seeking refuge from the conflict between government and opposition forces that started mid December 2013. People were flooding in at 2,000-3,000 a day and overwhelmed the humanitarian community and local population. (Refugees were also crossing the border into Ethiopia, Kenya and North Sudan). When I talked briefly to Murray on the phone in his first week he was very down, the water shortage was bad and people barely had enough water to drink, let alone cook ... read more
Water trucking
New refugee arrivals with their baggage
Refugee tents

Africa » Uganda January 23rd 2014

Uganda “The Pearl of Africa” now “Gifted by Nature” was once described by Sir Winston Churchill at the start of the last century in 1908,.. “has a unique description which cannot be close to the truth….situated in the fertile heart of Africa, astride the Equator boasts of wide diverse landscape, from rugged snow capped mountains, the vast flatlands stretching to the horizon, Uganda offers visitors a wealth of breathtaking scenery”. Uganda gorilla Safaris and tracking form the pinnacle of the tourism industry Uganda. Kampala - Jinja Saturday 14th December 2013 We arrived in Kampala after a long flight via Dubai, we spent the afternoon and night at the Red Chilli Hideaway Hostel, beautiful views over the hills and the classic African secruity of iron gates and armed men. Sunday 15th December 2013 Today we transferred to ... read more
The Nile
Night 1 - Sunset Nile Cruise
Quad Biking in Jinja

Africa » Uganda » Central Region January 14th 2014

Still so much more to say about Uganda...Jinja and the source of the river Nile, bird watching on the Nile, fishing in Lake Victoria (I said fishing not catching!) Crossing the border from Kenya into Uganda was relatively painless if somewhat surly. We stuff ourselves on fresh hot samosas and plump ripe red bananas that hawkers rush to the sizes of our truck...sooo good! Right away it's obvious that we are in a new country, the roads improve, the comparative affluence is evident, the people appear more healthy and happy, old school reggae blares from brightly painted roadside stands....this place works for me! Artistic expression is organic and close to home, the humblest of compounds is swept clean, it's huts decorated with bands of light and dark mud. Baskets and woven mats, earthen pots for sale ... read more
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Verdant valley

Africa » Uganda » Northern Region January 12th 2014

Jambo Mugali Jambo! Welcome English speaker Welcome! the children shriek waving wildly running to greet the truck, limbs flailing virtually doing jumping jacks in the air. Where do I begin to describe the exuberance, beauty and bounty of Uganda! A cornucopia of riches and delights from the Nubian beauty's of Jinja, the source of the river Nile, the jewel toned birds, a belly full of ground nut stew, 3 on the back of a motor bike at night down country roads, dust in my face, wind in my hair and reggae music blasting from every shabby roadside stand. The orphanage where I taught a class before they made me dance in the middle of their circle much to the delight and side splitting amusement of all my little tormentors. The gorillas not in the mist but ... read more
In my face!
My class
Star pupil

Africa » Uganda » Central Region January 3rd 2014

So our last day in Uganda dawned bright and sunny. Packed after breakfast and ready to go if a little sad but excited all the same thinking of what was to come in a new continent. Richard our lovely cab driver just happened to originate from Rukungiri so we had a chat about how he was going home for Christmas to see his family, had two small children and knew a lot of the places we had got to know so well. Now Entebbe airport is NOT like Gatwick! Efficient! Not! First we put our neatly packed rucksacks through security only to both have them picked to be searched! So difficult to get it to all go back the same. Next was check in. First we had to go through one area where our tickets, passport ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala January 1st 2014

Wanted: A guide to Kampala historical buildings I started the trip in Uganda in Hoima and worked my way back to Kampala from there. However, many places in Uganda can be seen as day trips or excursions from Kampala. One place I saw as a day trip from Kampala was Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a wildlife reserve dedicated to preserve rhinoceros aka rhinos. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is not far from Hoima where I was the first two days I was in Uganda. I therefore thought about seeing it while I was in Hoima. But the lack of public transport between Hoima and Ziwa and the condition of the roads made it much easier to visit the rhino sanctuary from Kampala. Rhinos all over the world are hunted for their horns. The horns are sold for a higher ... read more
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

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 » Western Region » Fort Portal December 28th 2013

They grow coffee, but why don't they also drink it? Traditionally I, Ake, always go abroad over Christmas. Over the last 10 years I have only spent one Christmas at home. This year I went to Uganda and I went on my own because Emma was not able to get time off from her work. I started this journey by visiting a small village named Kibiro. The village is located on the shore of Lake Albert and the people in the village make their living mainly from two businesses, fishing and salt production. The fishing of course comes naturally for them because of the proximity to the lake. The salt industry however might need a bit of an explanation. In the village there are at least two hot springs and the water from these springs is ... read more
Beach
Fish
Fishing boat




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