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Gorillas and growing walking sticks in Uganda

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Day: 200
KLMS: 30,389
They say that in Uganda, if you a plant a walking stick it will grow. I can believe that! Heading into Uganda across the South Western border with Rwanda, the scenery became even more sensational with the free-standing volcanic mountain peaks providing a dramatic backdrop. With every inch of every hillside packed tightly with crops and…

Druk druk druk in Afrika

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‘Happy birthday to you’-zingend komt de hele keukenploeg met een taart vol kaarsjes aanlopen. Het opschrift is bijna goed doorgekomen, op een r na: ‘Hiepedepiep Felice 3 jaar.’ Het is dierendag, 4 oktober, en Felice zit helemaal te glunderen in haar feestjurk met feesthoed op. Ze steekt drie kromme vingertjes op als we vragen hoe oud ze nu is. We…

Budget Update – Uganda

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From reports of other travellers, Uganda was said to be a more inexpensive country to travel in.  Our start in the country was slightly pricy as we had to pay for 2 visas at $50 each (the only country in this part of the world that African GirlChild needed to pay for a visa for) and also vehicle related fees…

Uganda–The Pearl of Africa

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Going through the border between Kenya and Uganda was quick and easy although we had a nasty surprise…..the visa for Uganda cost $50 per person. We stayed at Adrift, Jinja where they allowed us to pitch our tent under one of the kitchen canopy’s because of the possibility of rain. Adrift is better equipped for rooftop tent camping because the…

The beautiful Lake Bunyoni

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After tumbling down the mountain from Rwenzori, we intended to spend some time in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Especially, we wanted to go on the Kazinga channel cruise – a two hour cruise on the channel that joins Lake George and Lake Albert. This was, however, not to be.

Stopping briefly in Kasese to check emails and do some admin,…

CAMPING REVIEW: Crater Lake area, Fort portal

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“howareyooohowareyooohowareyooo” is the sound that rises from each village that we pass through.  The small children seem tuned in for vehicles, and start shouting and calling long before we can see them.  Suddenly, they burst onto the side of the road from the houses and lands, grinning, waving, dancing, calling … this is our welcome as we explore the crater…

Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

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After having said goodbye to our friends Tom and Jemina we set off to investigate the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. The area is situated just outside Kibale National Park on the eastern side, and is basically a swamp with a forest on it. It is also a haven for birds and monkeys.
We arrived at the visitors centre just before 10,…

In and around Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

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After exploring the gorge in Mgahinga National Park, we could let the excitement mount for our visit to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and our gorilla tracking activity.
There are quite a few gorilla groups, and the group you are visiting determines which park gate you start from.  We were tracking Nshongi group, and so we were starting from Rushaga.
The…

Uganda, national parks and foreigners

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This post is intended for those independent travellers – like ourselves – who are interested in visiting the national parks in Uganda.  It is a magnificent country, and we fully intended to visit quite a few of the national parks.
Our research into Uganda quickly revealed an interesting pricing structure for visits to the national parks.  The latest prices can…

Magical memorable moments

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There are few words to describe this incredible experience … so we’ll leave it to pictures.
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Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

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Mgahinga Gorilla National Park takes its name from the middle of the three volcanic mountains that are in the park; Mount Gahinga. To the east of it is Mount Muhavura and to the west of it is Mount Sabinyo. A gahinga is a pile of rocks, and the name is a true reflection of what the mountains are made of…

Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park

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When you book your chimpanzee permits, they do tell you that you have a 90% chance of finding the chimpanzees.  What I think most people choose to ignore, is that it also means there is a 10% chance that you will only enjoy a walk in the forest.
Up early in the morning, we piled Tom and Jemina into the…

Resting in the Rwenzori Mountains

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What a magical place we managed to find.
On the way south from our walk around the Bigodi Wetland Centre, we decided to stop in at the Rwenzori mountains. Tracks4Africa shows that there are a few options for camping just outside the park gate, so we decided to head up the road to stay and maybe go for a walk.…

Murchison to Kigali

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After our downtime in Kampala we headed north to Murchison Falls. In Uganda we haven’t been able to even think about driving without being stopped by the police. As mentioned in the previous post, we were stopped almost as soon as we had arrived in the country to be asked for food, drinks and money. On our way from Jinja…

Crater Lakes

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Near to Fort Portal, and before you reach Kibale National Park, there is a very special area dotted with small lakes.  This is the crater lake area of Uganda …
From Fort Portal we drove the 20km or so to the lake that we had chosen to visit – Nkuruba.  This has been recommended by Juan and Sarah, as well…

A visit to the Nile River – Murchison Falls

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Finally, we managed to escape from Kampala, visas, permits and travels plans in hand.  We negotiated our way through the crazy morning Kampala traffic, and soon found our way on the road towards Murchison Falls.
The countryside of Uganda is beautiful.  It is so much greener than the typical dry Africa.  The roads are in relatively good condition, with some…

Route Kampala to Bwindi, Uganda

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Here is the route of my trip from Kampala to Jinja, to Bwindi (Gorillas) and back to Kampala (you can move the map around by clicking and holding)
Kampala (blue) to Jinja (red) – 50 miles (1.5 hours easy driving) – see my rafting post here
Jinja to Bwindi Gorillas (green) – 340 miles (16 hours, roadworks for half the…

Kampala – ticking it all off

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Friday morning dawned, and we were off to Toyota Kampala for Brodie’s service.  I was duly dumped in the Customer Service Lounge with a TV, my laptop and internet dongle.  Viking Explorer disappeared into the service bay to keep an eye on the service.  While sticking his nose in, he discovered that two of the four brackets holding the second…

Kampala – setting it all up

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We typically avoid major cities on our journeys, but every now and then the admin that needs taking care of necessitates a stay in a capital city – this time Kampala.
 
Coming into Kampala we took a straight route to the backpackers Red Chilli Hideaway.  Unknowingly, this took us straight past two of Kampala’s many bus stations.  It was…

Astride the middle of the earth

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When we made the decision to ship our vehicle from Senegal to South Africa, my one regret was that we wouldn’t have a chance to drive across the equator.  So, when we started our planning for our stage II journey from South Africa, I added Uganda to the list – mainly as a place to cross the equator!
So, our…

Rafting the Nile & Walking with Gorillas – Uganda

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KAMPALA, UGANDA
22nd – 23rd August 2013
With my trusty steed in Land Cruiser hospital, I hop on a plane and fly to Uganda…
I’m in Kampala!  I spend a pretty average evening at Red Chilli Backpackers just outside the capital and am woken up at 4am by my super considerate bunk mate who’s just climbed into bed.  I wake…

Sipi to Kampala

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Another border crossing and more fixers. I don’t know why they are called that because they definitely don’t fix anything. Collectively known as a manure of fixers, although “fixer” should be replaced with another word that also starts with F. As the car is in Jules’ name, she is the one who always has the pleasant task of getting the…

Episode 15: Uganda. Where Alki arrives, a mad Dan runs off to the Congo and the boys find gainful employment…

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Part 2:
Iganga Hospital is a 200-bed district general hospital run, and largely funded by the government. It has male, female, paediatric and maternity wards, an outpatients department, pharmacy, laboratory, x-ray, ultrasound and an operating theatre. The gate opened straight out onto the main road and once inside there was always a great crowd shifting around the white buildings. Clusters…

Episode 15: Uganda. Where Alki arrives, a mad Dan runs off to the Congo and the boys find gainful employment…

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Part 1:
 
Children on the DRC border March 13 2013
 
Six feet in a drumroll
syncopate with the downpour,
rasping on broad-leaf snares.
 
In an instant, we meet
under haphazard semaphore,
tumbling shrieks cut short.
 
Each of us receiving a face;
a frozen, flash photograph;
glossy and sleek, panting clouds.
 
 Charging steep, you lead the…

Ugandan Discussions

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The officials on the border gave us a pretty easy ride into Uganda (each border seems to have got easier as we’ve headed further south) and didn’t even bother to look at the car, so we were able to make our way to Jinja the same day.  It’s the first major town past the border, but we were particularly excited…

Mbarara – Uganda

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A short blog to let you know that we have survived Christmas & New Year.
What a great couple of weeks! Mum, Steve & Vics came to visit us in Uganda, much to the consternation of many of their friends & family who believed that they were crazy to visit such a dangerous place. Well hopefully they will be able…

Uganda: A lush, green paradise!

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The border crossing into Uganda was simple with the usual road tax charged in these African countries.  We decided to ride to Jinja which is where Nile or White Nile supposedly starts…I won’t get into that because it seems people take the location of the Nile source pretty seriously.  We ended up camping out at the Adrift Camp which had…

Kibale – Uganda

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1000 nights on the road! That deserves blog just in its own right… so here’s a few facts & figures about the trip. A list…..courtesy of my sad spread sheet!
✤ Departure date: 17 August 2009. Those of you who can do sums will perhaps have worked out that if our departure is correct we should have spent more than…

Bwindi – Free Gorillas!!!

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A little event today justifies a tiny blog of its own…
This morning, on our way out of Bwindi, Clive & decided to visit Bwindi Lodge to see if it would be affordable to book for January when Vic & I come back for our gorilla trek. As I was walking down the steps to the lodge I saw a…

Bwindi – Uganda

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It’s raining. Quite a lot. But then Uganda is lush, lush, lush so I guess that rain must be part of the equation.
We have been in Uganda for nearly a week & are loving it. Very beautiful, very friendly & definitely a good place to spend Christmas with friends & family. More about that later.
On our last few…