Exploring Uganda – the first few days
What did we love about Uganda? It has so much life, which means there is so much potential. A country that has water and can grow food is one that may be materially poor by modern standards, and yet will not starve. Uganda has a simpler life than the one we have in big cities, one that is not to be discounted and certainly provides a lot of opportunities.
We had the great privilege to explore a more luxurious side of Uganda, but at each transfer (which was almost daily) we were aware of the lack of infrastructure and the scope for new development required to get it on a more “modern” footing equal with its East African neighbours.
Jinja & the source of the Nile
Our first days in Uganda saw us relocate from the city to Jinja, a town at the top of the Victoria Nile – the official source of the Nile River. We stayed at 2friends Guest House, which was a quaint little place with a local restaurant attached. It was our introduction to netting on the bed and mosquitoes.
Our introduction to mosquito netting, which we had every night except for one night in the Marriott. 2friends Guest House was a lovely place to stay… cute and quaint.
The 27th Dec saw us being briefed and then setting out on the Nile for some white-water rafting. I deliberately put activities every few days to break up the time spent travelling… we’d been in planes and airports for 24 hours so it was good to get out.
In hitting the Nile river it was different to rafting we’d done in Asia and ANZ in that the river was huge! We were used to rapids with river banks close on both sides. The Nile was different in that in some cases we had 2-3 grades to choose from at each rapid, depending on whether we sent our rafts left, right or straight. The sun was very much hotter than what I was used to in Singapore or Australia, so we both ended up getting quite sunburned, and unfortunately Raymon sprained his bicep when he fell out of the raft and his arm was caught under a rope. Other than that it was a memorable rafting experience.
From here we were heading further west to the mountains to visit the chimpanzees, the gorillas and engage with the wildlife. While the start was a little more eventful than we wanted, with an injury and severe sunburn (it ended up being sun poisoning), we have some great travels ahead of us, which I’ve continued here.