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  • Day49

    Source du Nil blanc

    Yesterday in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Nous sommes allés voir le Nil aujourd’hui à vélo. Nous voulions prendre LA photo de la source du Nil mais nous n’avons pas trouvé le panneau officiel… Voici donc le Nil, quelques dizaines, centaines de mètres après sa source.

    Autres moments forts de la journée, je me suis enfin coupé les cheveux et cela n’a pas été la catastrophe annoncée et nous avons trouvé des petits drapeaux ougandais.
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    Francois BOTTON

    Vous êtes magnifiques. Rien qu’à vous voir peignés et shampooinés on devine que vous sentez bon!🤭

    Les sacoches de Catoche

    vous etes mimi

  • Day13

    Kenya to Uganda

    October 28, 2019 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    We started of with an early morning waking up at 6:50 and had breakfast at 7:10 and met Wycliffe,Mary and there 3 boys to have breakfast.After planning to leave at 8 eventually left at 9:30 (African timing).It took us an hour and a half to get to the border in Busia and spent 2 hours there getting through customs it was an interesting 🤔.There were people in yellow jackets trying to get you to exchange money 💰 into Ugandan shillings but it wasn’t a great rate.You had to pay 20 bob to go to the toilet.Eventually we got through and had a 2 hour drive to Jinja where we stoped for some lunch.We then had another couple of hours to Kampala and then another couple of hours through Kampala due to heavy traffic which was very boring🙄🙄.Read more

    David Burton

    Glad to learn that you successfully navigated through the border and across Kampala and judging by your photos all quite a contrast to Mumias. We shall look forward to your showing us on a map where all your travels have taken you, and no doubt the 2 main stays on this trip will be sharply contrasting. God bless you all. Lots of love, D, M G and G

  • Day20

    Day 20: From Kenia to Uganda (Jinja)

    February 21, 2019 in Uganda ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

    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 🇺🇬🇺🇬🇺🇬
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    Anke Nitz


    Caro Gabby

    Not sure but is it Agama lizard?

    Marleen Relling

    No clue ... but it’s very pretty

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  • Day121


    September 4, 2017 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Jinja will be our final destination in Uganda. It’s a very charming, somewhat dilapidated colonial city with loads of very interesting art deco architecture.
    We are staying outside of town on the banks of the Nile River. It’s an absolutely beautiful campsite – one of the best of our trip so far. It has an amazing view of the Nile, good shade, grass, spotless showers and a beautiful restaurant/bar overlooking the rapids. The best part is that at night you can only hear the roar of the rapids, frogs and crickets. It’s incredibly peaceful.
    While here, we’ve visited the town a few times, spent lots of time admiring the beautiful river and bird life from our camp, and Christy went horseback riding. A fun fact: apparently there are only 100 horses in all of Uganda and the stables where Christy went riding had ¼ of the country’s horses there. It’s owned by some expats that are very serious about competing in events around Africa. Christy loved her experience and has vowed to get back in the saddle more often.
    While John was waiting for Christy at the stables, he was able to enjoy watching some red tailed monkeys playing in the nearby trees. A very pleasant visit all around!
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    Cynthia Johnson

    Glad you want to ride horses more often. It is so relaxing. I know you loved to ride when you were a child.

    Lucinda Ayers

    But could this horse have helped save a village from a flood??? I don't think so!!

    Lucinda Ayers

    And BTW, you look very professional on horseback. Did you really bring all your riding gear?

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  • Day7

    Eventful Journey to Kampala

    December 1, 2019 in Uganda ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    After a relaxed morning in Nile Adventure campsite, I bought what is known locally as a 'Rolex' which is a capatti filled with various ingredients of your choice - I had egg, green pepper, onion and tomato filling and it was delicious. I took it down to the river to eat and saw two big river otters tracking across the river about fifty metres from the jetty. There were also river birds such as the large black and white, hovering, pied kingfisher and the tiny iridescent blue malachite kingfishers and a smaller reed cormorant (that swims very low in the water with only its head above the water) spreading its coat-hanger shaped wings to dry. There were also lots of 'tiamata?' fish by the shore coming to the surface for insects which look like piranha but without the bite and are a staple for the local fishermen. I recorded the tropical sounds of insects and birds in the trees surrounding the campsite where vervet monkeys played, bounced across tents and roofs and occasionally squabbled angrily, chasing each other through the trees. The heavens opened about midday and a big, lightning flashing, thunderstorm soaked everything. As we left the campsite on our truck the drama began - we bumped about a quarter mile down a slippery and muddy track when we slid off the road into a deep ditch, throwing us and various objects across the truck and leaving the truck at a worryingly steep listing angle. As we exited the truck and slipped through the mud to take up various positions at the side of the road, many local men came running up the road to try and help free the truck. After several failed attempts, a digger was summoned from a nearby garage where it was being repaired to try and extricate the forlorn, entrenched yellow truck. After several unsuccessful attempts to tow the truck out from both ends, brute force was the final desperate solution as the digger lifted and shoved the truck backwards where our truck could then be towed out and we were free at last after about two hours. (In the meantime a young boy from the next door house came and said 'hello' - he said that he had been to school but that his mother could no longer afford the fees. He wants to be a mechanic when he grows up - he asked about my trail running shoes and said he had no shoes of his own - this put our temporary difficulty in stark perspective!) Often, our driver, then accelerated forwards in a brave and successful bid to set the truck free, continuing on to the main road. We all slipped and staggered in the mud to catch up with the truck. Then further drama ensued as the locals asked for payment from Often who remained remarkably calm amidst the melee. I also became embroiled in it as I was trying to wash my muddy feet from a water tap on the truck - a local helped, unbidden, to wash my feet - but I had to then extricate myself from the jostling crowd of locals with the help of Often. We headed for our next stop in Kampala with a story of our stranding to tell our fellow travellers who were taking alternative transport from the campsite after their whitewater rafting trip.Read more

  • Day299

    Tag 9 - 11: Jinja

    May 29, 2019 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Mer sind 4 Nächt uf ehm Campingplatz in Jinja diräkt über ehm Nil blobe. De ersti Tag hämmer alli bruucht zum chli nüt mache. Mer sind im Restaurant ghocked, händ Smoothies trunke und gredt. Zum Zmittag simmer vor de Campingplatz go Chapatis ässe 😋 ich ha freud gha mol lokals Ässe chönne z probiere. Am spötere Nomittag händs für üs d Wasserrutschbahn ih Nil uf do und mer händ es zimlichs Fäst gha die steili Rutschi derab z düüse. Wos die de weder zue do händ han ich mer no es SUP gmieted und bi chli uf ehm Nil ume paddled.

    För de zwoiti Tag hämmer üs alli (inklusiv üsem 61 jährige Indonesier) ahs river rafting häre gwogt. Ich ha zimlich schiss gha, vorallem wo mer uf ehm Boot ghocked sind und d usseghei Üebige gmacht händ. Üse Guide heds aber au huerre lustig gfonde üs meh Angst z mache als nötig esch 🙄. S rafte ah sich esch denn mega lustig gsii 😂 scho krass und mer sind au mol use gheit aber es hed au Spass gmacht.

    Am nöchste Tag simmer go ehn Schuel bsueche - das esch sehr ihdrücklich gsi. Am Obig hämmer alli zäme ehn Sunneuntergangs Bootstour gmacht. Znacht und Getränk sind inklusiv gsii - so hämmer ehn super lustige Abschluss vo üsne 3 Täg in Jinja gha ☺️
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    Sandra Krummis

    Muetig und traumhaft schön🤩🦋

    Sabrina Schorno


    Louise Arber

    Mmmm fein musst mal inschara mit Dorovat probieren wenn’s hät ist mein absoluter Favorit Vl gibts das aber nur nördlicher 😘viel Spass

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  • Day24

    Jinja- the source of the Nile

    October 9, 2019 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Today, we're searching for the source of the mighty river Nile. Which, fortunately, has already been discovered, and is a short bus ride from Entebbe.

    The source of the Nile holds an evocative allure- the mysterious point in the heart of Africa that feeds the world's longest river (the Amazon has nothing on the Nile). Chris grew up reading a book which had a section on Africa, detailing the Nile river and the efforts to find the source of it, so it's incredible to come here and view it ourselves.

    It turns out that the source of the Nile is not really set in stone, but rather a hotly debated topic: Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC all claim to contain the real source of the Nile. However, as far as we're concerned, it's in Uganda, and it's here, next to a small town called Jinja.

    We're staying at a White Water Rafting company which is sat about the town itself. Jinja is famous for its rafting, but at over $100 per person per trip, it's a little above our budget. Instead, we hire out Stand Up Paddleboards, and head down to the river. We've never tried this before, but it's pretty easy- the boards are large and bouyant, so fortunately we don't fall in. And in no time, we're able to paddle around and explore the source of this mighty river. We navigate down the river for a while before turning back and heading around a small island. There are large birds everywhere, nesting in every nook and cranny, and it's times like this that we wish we had more knowledge about birds. As it is, we can barely tell a crow from a blackbird (we don't think there's an actual difference, let's be real).

    As we head back to shore, we see a long green snake SWIM across the surface of the water, gliding just a few inches past the front of our boards. It then jumps onto a low hanging branch and slithers up a tree, just below our campsite. We're happy that we've managed to figure out this Stand Up Paddleboarding lark, so that we're not falling into snake-infested waters which also contain Bilharzia (more on that frighteningly awful parasite in a later entry).

    We spend a couple of days here, lazing by the river and enjoying the amazing sunsets, before heading back to Kampala. We had planned to hop around Uganda by bus, but the bus networks don't seem as reliable as they were in Kenya. Instead, we decide to hire a cheap 4x4, so we head back to the capital to pick it up.

    The owner of the 4x4 rental agency is a bit of a strange chap, who insists on sending us indecipherable voicenotes over whatsapp, but we eventually sort out the exchange. We pick up the car without issue, and hit the road. We're a bit nervous about driving in Uganda, and with good reason. The traffic is unlike anything we're used to. Cars and Boda Bodas (motorcycle taxis) come from every direction, requiring constant 360 degree awareness in order to make it out of the city unscathed.

    We stop off at a shop to buy camping supplies, and buy a small cooker. It requires liquid kerosene to run, so Chris heads out to source some. At the petrol station, they tell him that they've run out, so to check the market instead. Chris heads deep into the market and eventually finds a kerosene seller, who asks if Chris has a bottle to fill up. He doesn't. Instead, the kerosene is poured into a plastic bag, reminiscent of those containing goldfish at funfairs, and hands it over. Holding a bag of highly flammable kerosene, Chris heads back to the car.

    We navigate out of the city, and hit the road.

    (A couple of weeks later, at the end of our road trip, we would head back into Kampala. The roads leading into the city are intensely busy, but fortunately, Google Maps has a trick up its sleeve. Rather than taking us into the line of traffic, it tells us to turn left into a construction site. Not realising our mistake until too late, we head down the unconstructed highway, which runs parallel to the kilometres-long line of traffic. At the end, we navigate between some construction barriers, and reach the front of the queue, feeling incredibly guilty.)
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  • Day28

    Day 28: Jinja

    March 1, 2019 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    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 💛
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  • Day117

    Jinja en Ouganda !

    March 2, 2019 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    L'Ouganda, c'est un peu notre pays bonus, celui pas prévu initialement mais qu'on a eu envie d'aller voir de plus près. Liberté permise par le temps qui s'offre à nous et notre itinéraire qui s'écrit au fur et à mesure du voyage.

    C'est aussi notre pays "vacances", sans RDV ni projets à visiter ! Nous commençons par Jinja, petite ville située au bord du lac Victoria, 2ème plus grand lac au monde derrière le Lac Supérieur entre le Canada et les USA ! C'est également le point de départ du Nil Blanc, une des sources du Nil et surnommé ainsi du fait de ses nombreux rapides. Amateurs de rafting, accourez !

    Nous on a opté pour une version plus tranquille et économique, et avons parcouru en kayak une zone calmée par la construction d'un barrage en amont. L'occasion d'approcher une végétation luxuriante, de nombreux oiseaux, chauve-souris, singes et loutres.

    Pour nous y rendre, nous sommes restés fidèles aux matatus. L'occasion de vous proposer le juste prix africain ! A votre avis, combien de personnes (adultes, enfants et bébés confondus) fait-on rentrer dans ce type de minibus prévu initialement pour 14 personnes ?
    On cuisine un rolex (l'incontournable en-cas ougandais fait de chapati + omelette) à la personne qui propose le nombre le plus proche ! On vous laisse répondre directement en commentaire. :)
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    41 soit 14 la tête à l'envers. Nous continuons à adorer votre voyage . Grosses bises affectueuses de nous deux


    31 personnes (et 6 poules?)

    Anne Laure Pouzoulet

    oups, 31 personnes (et 6 poules) dis-je maintenant que je suis connectée

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  • Day60


    March 1, 2016 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    I guess 140$ goes a long way here... At least considering prices elsewhere. Confirmed via email the day before, Nile River explorers picked us up at our hotel, brought to their rafting headquarters/hostel in Jinja, fed us breakfast after a briefing (I asked for a second breakfast and got it!), followed by 3.5ish amazing hours on the river, a snack along the way, and a BBQ to end it all with free unlimited drinks. Yep, free beer. That never happens here. Usually they know it's their opportunity to make money so they charge even more then regular price because you're isolated. But here, free! We even arranged for our night in their dorm to be free! They used to do it but stopped in July last year apparently. But because we "asked nicely" according to our emails, we got a night for free!

    Their camp side hostel is absolutely beautiful. Restaurant and deck overlooking the river from on top on the hill, outdoor themed showers, there's a slide and zipline at the water... Just beautiful. Complete with a view of monkeys.

    The rafting was great! 8 grade 3-5 rapids, we fell out once and the boat flipped once... Good times! Bright sunny day, of course our legs got burnt despite sunscreen... They aren't used to being exposed! There was a lot of "dead" river between the rapids, so lots of rowing... Arms kind of tired... My workout of the week! Working out is easy when you just think back on your week!

    This morning we're off to our last stop in Uganda... I'm sad to leave but I feel quite satisfied with our time here. I feel I have a good idea of what Uganda is, and who Ugandans are... Almost time to move on.
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    Guy Lalonde

    Uh... You fell in the river? Like, uh, with the crocs?? LOL


    Rafting, good idea and a nice way to end Uganda. D.L.


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