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    • Day 85–88

      Am Albert Nil

      February 18 in Uganda ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

      Vom Albertsee bis nach Nimule (an der Grenze zum Südsudan) nennt man den Fluss hier Albert Nil, manchmal auch Weißen Nil. Wie auch immer, wir genießen unseren Stellplatz und den Sundowner am Flussufer 🍻Read more

    • Day 5

      Safari Boat Cruise!

      February 9, 2023 in Uganda ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

      At 2pm we went on a River Safari down the Nile! It was slow paced and incredibly relaxing. We rode 1.5 hours to the base of the Falls (our first view of the Falls) and then 1.5 hours back. Over the course we saw over 100 elephants, 100 hippos (the “rocks of the Nile lol), 2 Nile Crocodiles, and a gazillion birds. Lisa stood at the front of the boat using her amazing binoculars to get a good look at all the birds and even helping fellow passengers get a look as well :) Her favorites were the red throated Bee-eater, 3 varieties of King Fishers and the majestic African Fish Eagle. It was a blessing the wifi wasn’t working as it got us to bed by ten. We were extremely grateful but exhausted from our full, glorious day and got some good rest in order to be in the car by 6am once again.Read more

    • Day 210


      July 10, 2023 in Uganda ⋅ ☁️ 31 °C

      A lot of my time in Uganda was spent recovering from something - a cold in Lake Bunyonyi, and then a stomach bug in Kampala. So with time getting on before I had to get my flight out of Kenya I decided to only make one stop - to Murchison Falls National Park.
      Murchison Falls (or Kabalega Falls for the Ugandan name before the Europeans "discovered" it), is on the Victoria Nile before it reaches the white Nile. The entire river is forced through a 7 meter gap at 300 cubic meters per second. This makes it the most powerful waterfall in the world, on the longest river in the world. The sheer power of the water churning when you're standing at the top of the falls is amazing, and of course you get a good drenching from the spray.
      The following day we had a couple more game drives in the National Park, which is the biggest and oldest in Uganda. I saw a family of hyenas really close up, which are my favourite animals in Africa after the elephant. I also saw loads of giraffes, a leopard with an antelope in a tree, buffalo, bucks, and warthogs. We also went on a river safari where we saw more large herds of elephants and pods of hippos. We went to the bottom of Murchison Falls to see the power from that direction, and the current of the river was so powerful that the boat could only get so close, and struggled to keep even.
      Finally we headed back to Kampala where I had to get a night bus onto Nairobi!
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    • Day 16

      Murchison Falls part 1

      August 6, 2023 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      Redelijk korte rit van Ziwa naar Red chili hideaway (onze lodge). We slapen twee nachten in een banda (eindelijk, we kunnen ook wel eens wat luxe gebruiken na al dat kamperen...)
      Emely knock-out tijdens de rit, zeer moeilijk om ze wakker te krijgen. Ken moest vlees kopen voor een ranger, dus we zijn even gestopt aan een lokaal marktje. Een beenhouwer hier is verre van eentje in België... het vlees hangt gewoon buiten, vol vliegen en wordt met de losse pols & een kapmes op een blok hout gekapt. Ook vissen ondergaan dezelfde behandeling 😱. Wij waren ondertussen wat gaan rondsnuisteren op zoek naar een leuk souvenir. Uiteindelijk alleen kleine bananen meegenomen voor onderweg 😀.
      Eindelijk onze eerste schildpad gespot! Even gestopt om het van dichtbij te bekijken, maar dat bleek nogal traumatisch te zijn voor het beestje want het plaste van schrik...
      Volgende stop waren de Murchison Falls zelf! Het was echt een warme dag in de auto, dus de gratis douche was écht welkom! Wij waren volledig onder de indruk... Het zijn weliswaar de krachtigste watervallen ter wereld! 300 kuub/sec in een breedte van 6m. Genoten van het uitzicht (de zon ging bijna onder), wat gelachen met Ken & met onze voetjes in het water nog wat plezier gemaakt. Beter kon het niet zijn!
      Vanavond zal Ken zijn eerste nacht in onze tent tegemoet gaan, want alle drivers voorzieningen waren volzet. Hij is alvast benieuwd... 😜
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    • Day 4

      Visting the Community

      February 8, 2023 in Uganda ⋅ ☀️ 35 °C

      We selected Murchison River Lodge as our accommodations for many reasons- their glowing reviews, their location, the beautiful accommodations. But the thing that stood out to us the most was their mission behind the business. A quick excerpt from the website: “Sustainable conservation combined with the empowerment of the local community is something Murchison River Lodge has, in recent years, spent time focusing on. We offer staff training programs, host a women’s group, work closely with the Ugandan Wildlife Authority and the Ugandan Conservation Foundation and promote local businesses. Never has it been more important to be aware of our impact on the world than now.” They also offer the option to visit the local community and efforts to guests staying at the lodge and you KNOW we said yes!

      We specifically requested to join the women’s group whose purpose struck a chord with us. It is a program for young mothers who have not be afforded the opportunity to go to school. They focus on learning English (reading and writing), math and practical skills (such as sewing) that would open so many doors for them. We quickly ate lunch and rushed off to meet them! When we arrived they stood and began singing a welcoming song and Lisa and I were instantly in tears. We spent almost an hour practicing English together- the months, days of the week, sight reading words, basic greetings (which Lisa acted out with them) and each participant even sang the alphabet song and we all applauded them. Talk about a music teacher and a speech pathologists dream day?!

      Then our friend Immaculate who leads the program asked them each to share their motivation for being a part of the group/learning and translated their answers for us. We all were in tears as they opened up and shared the most moving and inspiration reasons they want to learn. We then got to share words of encouragement that were translated back to them. English is the official language of Uganda it is comprised of over 20 different tribes, each with their own language, so learning English for these women can truly transform their lives and the lives of their children. Just a few examples:
      - In order to advocate for themselves and their children at a hospital.
      - In order to know what their child’s teacher is saying to them.
      - In order to make a living to support her 8 children after their husband past away.
      - In order to run a business and not be taken advantage of.
      - In order to support their extended family and their community.

      What an experience this was. We were deeply inspired by their desire to learn, resilience in the face of hardship and their support of one another. It reoriented my own thoughts around the opportunities for education I and so many Americans have been fortunate to have.

      As we closed, they expressed their gratitude that we came to join them and for the encouragement with many rounds of applause, hugs and their radiant faces. Lisa brought a box of Girl Scout cookies to share and we closed with a group photo ❤️ It was an experience we will never forget.
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    • Day 4

      Ended the Day in Paradise!

      February 8, 2023 in Uganda ⋅ 🌙 28 °C

      We were already on cloud 9 and then the day came to the PERFECT end!! As you know, my favorite animals are monkeys. We came to cool down in the pool and one of the guests says “did you see the monkey?!” to which I feel out and start recording the monkey. Then I saw a 2nd… 3rd… 4th… and before I knew it I was surrounded by 20 monkeys! Lisa enjoyed them but from a safe(r) distance 😂 We swam in the pool with the monkeys all around us while watching the sun set. What a DREAM! We made our way up to the watch tower to catch the full sunset just in time. As beautiful as the photos are, they don’t even begin to do it justice!

      Our driver was able to get the car fixed and joined us for a delicious dinner 🙏🏽. We don’t have much wifi here so if we don’t respond to messages or calls during the day, don’t be alarmed! Off to bed now to wake up early for our first day of Safari 🎉🎉🎉
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    • Day 3

      Murchison Falls, der Victoria-Nil

      January 20, 2020 in Uganda ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Beschreibung mit einem Wort?

      Wir fahren durch den Park bis zu einer Nil-Fähre, dort befindet sich auch die Ablegestelle für Boote, die Touristen zu den Murchison Falls bringen. Wir sind hier heute allerdings die einzigen Touristen, die das in Anspruch nehmen.

      Erstmal ist natürlich Pipipause angesagt, auch hier macht die Natur nicht Halt, in meinem Klo wohnt ein Minifrosch (den ich aber erst beim spülen bemerke😬)!

      Auf der Bootsfahrt bekommt man dann mal vom Wasser aus eine andere Sicht auf die Tiere, die sich hier am und im Wasser aufhalten... Giraffen, Elefanten, Massen an NILpferden (ach, daher kommt der Name), Krokodile an jeder Ecke etcpp und natürlich auch Unmengen an Vögeln, Seeadler etc., wofür Uganda ja auch bekannt ist.

      Das Boot bringt uns ca. 1,5 Stunden bis zu einer kleinen Anlegestelle, dort steigen wir aus und machen eine Wanderung entlang des Wasserfalles (bergauf!). Und, was soll ich sagen? Iloveit!!! Es ist giiiigantisch!! Nein, die Wasserfälle sind nicht hoch und auch nicht breit, im Gegenteil, der Nil quetscht sich hier durch eine 7 Meter breite Felsspalte... das ist KRAFT!! Nicht umsonst sagt man hier auch „The most powerful waterfalls in the world“.
      Soweit ich das beurteilen kann: stimmt!!
      Es ist traumhaft!!! (Und warm ist es auch😂)

      Hier lernen wir auch die interessanten Tsetse-Fliegenfallen kennen, die Viecher (die die Schlafkrankheit übertragen) werden durch die Farbe blau angezogen, fliegen dann in den Netzen hoch und Bäääm... gefangen!!
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    • Day 7

      Final Breakfast at Murchison River Lodge

      February 11, 2023 in Uganda

      We attempted to sleep in but the excitement for another day couldn’t keep us in bed long! We enjoyed our first (since we always took it to go) and final delicious breakfast at the lodge. We were lucky to be joined by the hotel manager! We expressed our gratitude, learned more about her story (she has spent decades as an international tour guide) and connected in our shared belief about the oneness of mankind. Saying goodbye to the hotel staff felt like leaving lifelong friends, it’s hard to believe we only met each other just 3 days ago.

      We promised every person we met (guides, rangers, hotel staff, community members) we would encourage everyone we know to come and visit!!
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    • Day 6

      Evening Game Drive- Lions!!

      February 10, 2023 in Uganda ⋅ 🌩️ 29 °C

      As we drove across the bridge to pick up Savior (our ranger/guide), we saw elephants on the Nile with 2 adorable babies- Lisa’s favorite! Savior hopped in the car and it felt like we were reunited with an old friend. It’s been so refreshing to be surrounded entirely by people who are filled with passion and joy for what they do! You can’t help but love every minute of every day. We made our way to a different part of the expansive Savannah grasslands, which was filled with Giraffe, Oribi, Uganda Kob, Antelopes, Warthogs, Water Bucks, Buffalo, Birds and more. But this time since we had already seen the hard to find animals (lions, leopards) we were driving slowly, standing on the seats with our heads out of the sunroof soaking in the warm breeze and sunset. Suddenly, Savior got a call from Sarah (another ranger) that she had spotted. We were at least 20 minutes away she and her car of tourists kindly waited for us to point them out. There is no way we would have seen them in the tall grass! We pulled right up (uncomfortably close) and in front of us were 2 mothers who had brought back a fresh kill for their 3 lion cubs (only 1 year old). You wouldn’t have thought they were cubs by how large they were but our ranger was thrilled to see how healthy they were, thanks to their moms being incredible hunters. We got so close I was almost frozen in fear and asked Godfrey (our driver) to please close all the windows. But he and Savior laughed, assured me there was no way they would attack us and encouraged
      me to stand up, be confident and start taking photos!! This was a once in a lifetime opportunity! I (sweatily) did as I was told and with my heart pounding, snapped away! And boy am I glad I did :) We spent at least 30 minutes with them, what a treat. The Sun had set and it started getting dark so we began our journey home to the lodge. On the way out, we saw our third Hyena! Lisa is officially the ambassador of changing the reputation of hyenas because they are actually quite beautiful in person, especially the spotted fur! We enjoyed our final dinner at Murchison River Lodge with beautiful live music from some local musicians in the background. Just another way MRL is continually supporting the local community! We can’t recommend staying at MRL enough :)
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    • Day 5

      Our First Safari!

      February 9, 2023 in Uganda ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      There is no way to write a short summary of this so I just have to give you the play by play 😂 I was taking all the best photos on my camera but these are just my phone photos. Will share the real ones when I get back!

      - 6:00am We left the hotel to begin! The morning is the best time since it’s still cool and the animals are waking up and on the move :)
      - 6:30 First spotting a rabbit who served as our good luck charm because seconds later we spotted a giraffe walking right next to us!
      - 6:45 As we approached the park we picked up our ranger guide Savior (pronounced Sevia) who despite the time was already filled with joy and his passion for the animals was immediately apparent. The reasons for having a ranger in your car are: the knowledge of the park (driving directions and popular animal locations), your safety (they carry a gun that they would fire into the sky to scare the animal if ever you were unsafe) and their communications with all the other rangers (when someone spots something good, they alert the others).
      - 7:00 We reached the start of the game drive and as the sun began to rise, saw our first field of kobs, oribi and buffalo
      - 7:20 Our guide told the driver to stop because he spotted one of the kobs “producing”. We didn’t understand what we meant until we looked over and saw she was in labor! We could see the head was already out and stayed and watched the entire delivery with dad nearby protecting them from predators. It was a surreal way to begin the day and we came back later to check on them and saw the baby taking it’s first steps and nursing. One thing that made it even more significant was after Savior working there for 8 years it was his first time seeing a kob give birth.
      - 7:36 Savior got a text and we started driving quickly, not knowing where we were headed. We arrived at the spot and saw the 2 hardest animals to find- a lion and a leopard. They were far so we couldn’t get a good photo but we were so excited and completely content thinking that was as close as we get. Only to drive a few more feet forward and find 4 lionesses lying 10 feet from our car.
      - 8:00 We began driving again and pulled out our breakfast to enjoy along the way. Our favorite was the Spanish omelet rolled in a chapati. The lodge so thoughtfully packs you breakfast and coffee to go since people leave so early to catch the animals before it’s too hot! We witnessed our first graiffe in full day light cross the road right in front of us.
      - 8:40 Savior knew where a lion cub may be based on their location the night before and he was right!! All on our own (no other cars around) we got to witness a baby cub and his older cousin. We learned that during the night the lions separate for hunting and his older cousin was keeping him safe until he reunited with his mom.
      - 9:30 We enjoyed a peaceful drive spitting some smaller animals and birds and arrived at the spot on the delta of the Nile where you can get out to stretch your legs and use the restroom. We poured some coffee and got to enjoy it with the warthogs, something we never dreamed of 😂 Lisa (who loves birds) and Savior spotted a stunning Madagascar Bee-eater bird in the tree! I purchased the “Wildlife of East Africa” book and we enjoyed checking the animals off as we saw them!
      - 10:15 Back on the road, we began seeing tens of giraffe at a time. It was magnificent. Pretty much at all times you can see the Uganda Kob’s and oribi. So even though rangers describe that as “nothing”, it’s really something!
      - 11:15 Lisa and I both adore elephants and coming across our first elephant we were in awe. The first few were far away at the edge of the Nile but within minutes, we had one right outside our window! We began counting out of excitement she quickly went from seeing our first to seeing 36!!
      - 12:00 Game drives are supposed to be 3-4 hours, we were lucky to stay out for 5! We rushed back to the hotel for a quick lunch, changed and got ready for our next activity :)
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