Day 28: The children of JinjaMarch 1, 2019 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C
As promised some pics of the local kids ... they are very curious and like to hold hands 💛🙏😍
Remember Jinja? I have been here before. Only this time I had half a day to spend in this nice town. So I have decided to get a local guide and take a tour through Jinja village 🇺🇬
The guide was the sweetest man. Very, very smart!!! Actually he knew more about what is currently going on in the world than I do 😂 And he taught me about his culture and believes 🙏
You will find some pictures of the town. I will make another post just about the children I have met today - they were very sweet 💛Read more
We are now on our way back! This means my first overland truck tour is almost coming to an end 😱 I’m not ready for home AT ALL so any day that passes by scares me a bit.
Today we went back to Kampala 🇺🇬 - another 10 hours drive. But we get to stay at the nice hotel with air conditioning and hair dryer again 🎉
Tonight we also had to say goodbye to a few fellow travelers as not all of us are going back to Kenya. This is a bit sad as we have grown so close to each other within the past days. But we will keep in touch, I’m sure!
You will find some photos I took on the way...Read more
This was the big day we have been waiting for the past days, the highlight of this trip: Walking through the jungle to see the gorillas 🦍 🇺🇬
I will let the pictures speak for themselves...it was a great experience and I highly recommend you do it yourself 🦍🦍🦍
You will also find a picture of me and the group as well as of me and Anne. Have I told you about Anne? She is a role model: 77 years old lady from the US, more fit than the rest of the group (always the first when hiking through the woods), traveling alone (her husband stayed at home) and an absolutely sweet character (never complains) - when I’m 77 i would love to be exactly like her 🙏💛Read more
Another full day in the car, driving through Uganda to get to Lake Bunyonyi, the place where we will hopefully find the Gorillas within the next days 🇺🇬🦍🇺🇬
On our way we passed the equator again ... time for pictures 😉
And finally, we have arrived at the most beautiful place I have seen so far ... amazing nature 🌿🌱; this part of Uganda is very green and it seems like the people living here are enjoying a much better life than in other parts of the country ... see for yourself 🇺🇬Read more
The day started off very nicely: We went to a rhino sanctuary 🦏🇺🇬. Rhinos were extinct in Uganda, thus, this place is trying to bring the rhinos back to the country...so far white rhinos only.
We were walking through the sanctuary where the rhinos are running around freely. And we were able to stand right next to them...they are huge and it is an amazing feeling to stand this closely to these creatures 🦏 Again, we were also able to see lots of baby animals (as you know this makes me very happy 😊).
Then, on our way to Kampala, we stopped to switch cars and quickly we were surrounded by several local children. They were asking for sweets so I gave them my cookies and afterwards we gave them pencils ✏️ and balloons 🎈 They were so happy ... incredibly happy ...
I’m falling in love with this continent more and more every day ... before I left, some of you were telling me “I bet you are not coming back home after this trip”; well, let’s see 😉💛
PS: Today I had air conditioning and a hair dryer for the first time in weeks ... heaven ... simply heaven 😂🙏🇺🇬Read more
Today we went to Budongo Central Forest Reserve, a big mahogany forest in East Africa 🌴🌱🌿🇺🇬
We started with a boat cruise along the river Nile in Murchison Falls National Park. And I now know why we call hippos “Nilpferd” in Germany...the river is home to soooo many of them...amazing. Just look at the picture of the two cuddling hippos...one of my favorites so far 🦛💛
Afterwards we hiked through Budongo forest for more than 3 hours (loved it) hoping to see some chimpanzees 🐵 Unfortunately, my group was unlucky - we did not get to see them 🤷🏼♀️
Which brings me to another lesson learned from this trip: Be grateful for the things that did work out and just forget about the rest 🙏
This is something we tend to forget most of the time - we are very good at complaining 😉 But at the end of the day happiness can only be created by ourselves 💛Read more
Another day of driving ... about 10 hours in the truck. We are all pretty tired and happy that after this day we will have some active days ahead 💪🏃🏼♀️🥾
But there was also a reward at the end of the day: The hotel we are staying at for the next two days is much much nicer than any place we have stayed at before ... so a day to be grateful for 🙏
Today I’m showing you some more beautiful pics of Uganda and a video of the rain ☔️Read more
Today was my first ride in the Nomad truck. It’s a custom build overland truck for Trans Africa tours 🚌 Its quite nice actually, seats like on a normal bus, USB chargers on every seat, lockers for our luggage, seat belts etc. It fits over 20 people - but we were only 8, so lots of space for everyone 😉 it’s name is Karen, by the way 👌
Anyways, we were driving from Kenia to Uganda today ... it took about 12 hours to get to our final destination. But I didn’t mind. I enjoyed looking out of the window, observing the landscape and waving to local children (they were pretty excited about the big truck passing by). So far Uganda is really beautiful ... such a green country ... I’m super excited about the upcoming days 🇺🇬🇺🇬🇺🇬
I’m staying at Lake Victoria tonight by the way (close to the city of Jinja) - the source of the river Nile. Look it up on the map, it’s pretty big 🇺🇬🇺🇬🇺🇬Read more