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
Thursday 30 November 2017. Photos.
Highlights: The Equator – two Hemispheres at once!
Today was the last of the three back to back long drive days. Our tour leader let as sleep in a little so we left Kampala campsite at 7 am for the 470 km and 10 hours drive though the beautiful Uganda countryside. Agriculture is obviously the major industry in Uganda, any crop that needs lots of water is farmed here.
Wednesday 29 November 2017. Photos.
Highlights: Border crossing to Uganda
Today we travelled from Eldoret (Kenya) to Kampala (Uganda) a distance of around 370 kms but a trip took over 12 hours :(. We left our campsite at Eldoret at 6 am on the dot, meaning breakfast was at 5.15 am and packing up commenced at 4.45 am.
I still finding the greenery of the landscape in this area to be amazing. Lush green everywhere. As we moved from Kenya to Uganda the agriculture started changing from tea and bananas to sugar crane, bananas, rice and carrots with Uganda being 70% covered in water and being in a rainy climate they farm for products needing lots of regular water if not submerged.
Tuesday 29 November 2017. Photos
Highlights: The Green Mountain Ranges of Kenya
Today was the first of three long travel days with us ending eventually ending up at Lake Bunyoni (Uganda) for the likely highlight of the tour the Gorillas. Today’s road trip between Masai Mara and Eldoret took just over 11 hours with a 6.30 am departure, meaning breakfast at 5.45 am and packing tents starting at 5.15 am. Early day’s are the norm of this trip.
The most interesting thing today was watching the landscape change from semi desert to lush green hills in the mountain range. It would be easy to believe in the mountains ranges you were in Victoria with the lower temperatures, brief rain, strong sunscreen and green hills. The Kenyans in this area cultivate a wide range of tea. No time to stop and smell the tea leafs.
During our trek across Kenya during one of our stops I observed the locals watching the inauguration of their President after a disputed election process. We had been warned to not talk politics or to take photos of any rallies either for or against the Government. In the end there were no such political events to observe except everyone listening closely to the President’s words.
The Greenswood Campsite in Eldoret will likely be one of the best campsite outside the main cities. Build only 2 years ago it was enclosed and we were the only visitors on this day giving us the rain of the place. I know I enjoyed greatly the campsite fire into the night.
My team’s duties for today was after meal clear up. My team members are Stephanie, Ang, and James. Each day you get rotated from helping prepare meals, cleaning up the meals (mostly doing the dishes) and cleaning up the truck (swiping and moping). Two team members are permanently on ‘muscle’ duty basically moving the heavy gear during the day. The system works well as it forces interaction at least in your group.
Tomorrow will be an even earlier departure at 6 am meaning 4.45 am wake up to pack and pull down the tent. Camping brings you back to nature but it happens god damn early. Another 50 days of early mornings might do me in, or at least I’ll need a week off to recover 🙂
Monday 27 November 2017. Photos.
Highlights: Ballon Safari, Amazing Africa Wildlife
Today was the first safari for this trip and in fact it was two safaris across a very long day. It was to be a day of an overwhelming range of wildlife; lions, the elusive leopard, elephants, buffalo, monkeys, ostriches, warthogs, cheetah, hippos, hyenas, crocodiles, wildebeest, gazelles, buffalo, elands, zebras oh my!