Thursday 07 December 2017. Photos
Highlights: Lake Nakuru Game Drive, Playing with Orphans
Today we got to experience the diverse wildlife in Africa and the amazing spirits of the young orphans at the East Africa Mission Orphanage (EAMO). I got to experience nature at it’s best and complete the ‘Big Five’ while being moved almost to tears when playing with the children of EAMO who were so happy doing the most simple things when they have so little.
Wednesday 06 December 2017.
Highlights: Uganda-Kenya Border Crossing
Today we farewelled Uganda undertaking to 430 km 10 hour drive to Nakuru in Kenya. The only real highlight of today was having a very fast border transfer but into Kenya with no problems today. Very glad I got the East African Tourist Visa when crossing into Uganda, while I effectively wasted the Kenyan eVisa it made everything much easier crossing between Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.
Tuesday 05 December 2017. Photos
Highlights: Rafting on the Nile, Sunset over the Nile
Today the group was moving from Kampala to Jinja but Nick and myself had an early morning 6.20 am pick up in Kampala in order to undertake a half day rafting the rapids on the Nile near Jinja. This meant tent was packed up while the rest of the group got to sleep in, not having to worry until 8.30 am breakfast with tents down after that. While they slept we drove though the mist 🙂
Monday 04 December 2017. Photos (to be loaded)
Highlights: Water Volley Ball, Equator Water Test
Today was a long travel day from Lake Bunyoni to Kampala which is 470 km and 11.5 hours drive away. We left our campsite 6.30 am which meant I was saying goodbye to me upgraded cabin which was very nice way to spend the last four nights.
We do a seat rotation on the truck and today that meant I was up at the front with a table. This gave me a very different view of the roads and how people drive, let’s say it’s probably best not to know how our skilful driver has to be to not hit the traffic in the towns and cities. It can be very tiring on the truck during this long drives.
During our drive we stopped for lunch right on the equator. This gave us a chance to do the water drain test in the north and south hemispheres by pouring water into a bowl and seeing how it drains with a flower put into the bowl to see how the water is rotating. I can tell you that the two bowls less than 5 metres apart span in opposite directions every time. So to me looks like this is a fact of the different hemispheres.
We unfortunately experienced a bad traffic jam in Kampala, at one stage moving maybe 50 metres in 10 minutes 😦
After arriving at the campsite around 6 pm most of the group headed to the pool that closes at 7 pm. This led to a couple of games of water volley ball, first boys versus girls (5 each side) and than northern hemisphere against Southern Hemisphere (again 5 aside). This was a lot of fun and a chance for the group to become closer.
During dinner it was confirmed the arrangements for water rafting on the Nile tomorrow, however only my tent mate Nick and myself are doing this. We get picked up at 6.20 am and must have everything packed by then.
Sunday 04 December 2017. Photos
Highlights: The Kigali Genocide Memorial, Hotel Rwanda, Belgian Solider Memorial
Today was the unexpected journey to another new country in Rwanda. This wasn’t an option I was aware of but one I’m glad I was able to undertake as I got a chance to visit are previously war torn country that in very recent history, 1994 in fact, experience a genocide. We must all attempt to learn something from the dark points of our shared history and try to honour the victims.
Saturday 02 December 2017. Photos. Video.
Highlights: The Amazing Mountain Gorillas (The Bwera family)!!!!
Today was the big day, the day to hike and attempt to find the endangered mountain gorillas who now number around 750-800 and who are slowly increasing in number. This was an amazing day of seeing these beautiful, peaceful creatures, who are very closely related to humans. They are such stunning creatures, and I feel so privileged to see these gorillas.
Friday 01 December 2017. Photos.
Highlights: Little Angels School, Views of Lake Bunyoni
Today those not going to the mountain gorillas today decided to visit the Little Angels Uganda who look after orphans and run a local school. This meant a very easy morning with no tents to pull down and breakfast at 9.00 am, how easy to we have this?
A volunteer from the Little Angels group met us at our truck on the campsite at 9.30 am and off we went by foot to explore the island a little. This small hike, all uphills for the first 30 minutes is good preparation for tomorrow’s gorilla hike. The effort was worth it as we got awesome views of the Lake area. Continue reading