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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🤩🦋

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    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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  • Day6

    Kayaking and River Cruise on the Nile

    November 30, 2019 in Uganda ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    I slept quite well for the first time out of my tent as a troupe of vervet monkeys walked and bounded past the tent – I love how these little creatures behave – mischievous and lively – there was a mother with her little baby hanging onto to her stomach.  I organised to kayak with a ncie guide, Abraham, up the Nile from a lovely campsite with beautiful views over the Nile river. It was early morning and the river was full of birds such as kingfishers (small blue malachite and larger Pied), cormorants (great and smaller reed), hamerkop, kites, a fish eagle, crowned hornbill and many more. We saw monitor lizards by the bank. We looked for river otters and eventually found about 3 otters along the bank which was wonderful to see! I enjoyed talking to the guide about wildlife in Africa and England and comparing the two. The guide gave me a gin and tonic before we started to paddle back to the campsite. We passed rocks across the river which used to be a walkway for locals across the river before the new dam was built and the river rose to more of a lake. We paddled through the river islands which were full of birds and paddled back to the jetty. I nearly fell into the river as I was getting out of the kayak! Then I went on a river cruise on a larger boat up the same stretch of river all the way up to the upper dam. It was sunny as we started and took photos of the river and fishermen in their boats, but then the clouds darkened dramatically and we sheltered from a big storm for almost an hour. The weather began to clear and the boat staff hauled up the tarpaulins. It was an anxious moment when the boatman couldn't free us from the muddy river bank where we had sought shelter. After a few minutes and a lot of heaving with an old oar he managed to extricate us and we sailed back down the river. We saw river otters on the way back as well as the many birds including kingfishers and evrets. It was an eventful but still enjoyable second outing on the Nile. In the evening I had a nice conversation with Kristin (an American girl that will travel with us all the way to Johannesburg) about visiting the earliest sites of human evolution in Africa during our trip, early cave paintings in France and American politics. Kristin susports Bernie Sanders which I liked about her – we agreed to continue our conversation during the trip. I watched Liverpool FC beat Brighton (just!) on the bar TV and talked to Linda (daughter – Heather). I then got an early night with a misty crescent moon and chirping insect calls as I got into the tent. PS – I met a Frenchman who is cycling through Africa as part of a ‘self-powered' trip around the world. He walked across Alaska and Russia – swimming across the Beiring Straight.  He will cycle across Africa to Namibia and then row to Brazil! Read more

  • 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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  • Day1


    July 5, 2017 in Uganda ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Been a busy couple of nights with James on cooking duty, buying and cooking dinner, breakfast and lunch with two others followed by Louisa doing dinner and breakfast with a different cook crew. It was a quite a challenge with 20 meat eaters, 5 vegetarians, a small budget, three coal burners to cook it on as well as the hot water for washing up! We crossed the border yesterday and instantly noticed the difference as it looks quite tropical with fruit trees, rice paddies and many mud round houses in the rural areas. We have had quite a few storms as the wet season has come late (it's now the dry season). We are having a couple of nights on the banks of the River Nile, supposedly the source as it flows out of Lake Victoria. This morning, before the storm, we used a cut out kayak to slide down a ramp that launched us 10 foot in the air! Whilst travelling along we get so many waves from everyone along with massive smiles - such a great reception.Read more

    Dave Warwick

    What's going on, that must be 5 days at least & no mountain bike in sight! :-)

    Lynda Ralph

    More great pics, can feel the local atmosphere. Enjoy, stay safe xxx

    Lyndsay McDonnell

    Is this a new hobby - sliding down a ramp?? I know you enjoy cooking but for 25 with very little equipment must be quite a challenge! Hope the weather gets better, take care, love xxxx

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  • Day11

    Jinja Nile Camp

    June 19, 2017 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    This little resort is right on the River Nile and the views are amazing. Jess and I couldn't be bothered setting up our tent so we paid the extra $5 to be put into a door with four other girls on the trip for the two nights.

    The bunk beds were three beds high but we each had our own insect net, the beds were comfortable, there was wifi in the bar, the showers were HOT and the toilets flushed!

    I am just glad I didn't have to put up and take down the tent in the dark, I will have plenty of time for that in the up coming forty days!
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  • Day28

    Day 28: The children of Jinja

    March 1, 2019 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    As promised some pics of the local kids ... they are very curious and like to hold hands 💛🙏😍

    Peter Dilg

    I love your pics. Great fotos, particularly the one of the guide sitting in the room. Beautiful. Stunning colours. Keep it up, let your heart take the fotos. Big hug, Pete

  • Day45

    White Water Rafting The Nile

    June 20, 2017 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    We drove 10 hours to Jinja and our campsite overlooks the Nile River - the longest River in the world! Today we went white water rafting down 10 of the greatest rapids on the Nile. I've never been white water rafting so I was a little anxious but up for a bit of adventure! We did several safety exercises before entering the first rapid which was grade 5 - the highest grading commercial rapid! By the end of the day we'd flipped the boat twice, both times I almost panicked thinking I was going to drown, but both times I popped up and thought 'Wow that was awesome, let's do it again!!' My arms are sore, I'm so sunburnt and ready for bed but it was such an adrenaline filled day and a highlight of the trip!Read more

    Lyvernne Ellis

    so cool xxx

    Lyvernne Ellis

    You look so proud of yourself. xxx

    Jess Ellis

    This is my photo with my traveling friend - perks of solo travel 😂

  • Day12

    Adrift White Water Rafting

    June 20, 2017 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    I can now say I have done white water rafting on the River Nile. Let's just say, this was one of the scariest white water rafting I have done (close second to New Zealand) but not because of the large drops but because of the crossing waters.

    Our raft tipped over twice, the first time we tipped was on the second rapid and as I have come back up the boat has hit me on the head pushing me back under the water - I thought I was going to drown in the rapid. When I finally did reach the surface I was still in the middle of the rapid, luck a safety kayak with us came and pulled me out.

    After that I was a tad cautious and didn't really want to tip the raft over again so when we were given a choice of 'no flip', '50/50' or '100%' we chose 'no flip' but our instructor had other ideas and took us into the middle where we were guaranteed to flip the raft and once again we ended up in the water, at least this time I didn't get pushed under by the raft again.

    Once we had finished they provided us with beer and lots of food, they then drove us back to our accommodation where we viewed the photos and video footage. It was a good day, I am glad I did it but I think as I get older I am getting more cautious (maybe even wiser) and that is why these sorts of things are starting to scare me haha.
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