Tororo District

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    • Day 82

      Who wants to be a millionaire?

      February 15 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Wir haben es nach Uganda geschafft!🇺🇬 Erst beim zweiten Anlauf, denn auf dem ersten, kleineren Grenzübergang konnte unser e-Visum nicht ausgedruckt werden 🙈
      Aber dafür sind wir jetzt Millionäre, schon nach einer Behebung am Bankomat 😀💰💰💰Read more

    • Day 5

      Eldoret to Jinja

      November 29, 2019 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

       Long drive from Eldorat to Jinja – didn’t go off to sleep for hours, so felt really rough when I got up at 6am. The weather is getting much warmer than earlier in the week with a very hot equatorial sun. We travelled to the Ugandan border and through the town of Bo? Where here the young chap I met in the supermarket was from and told me that his tribe came up the Nile and spread into modern day Kenya and Uganda and that they were fishermen on lake Victoria and that Barak Obama’s father was from their tribal community. We crossed through immigration at the border without too much hassle. The countryside in Uganda was beautiful, lush green and quite tropical with interesting rock outcrops by the road in one place. The Ugandan children and some adults waved at us as we drove by and we waved back. There seemed to be people with street businesses and workers in the farms by the roads all along the route. We arrived in Jinja town which is a bustling, energetic African town. The campsite had a beautiful view over the river Nile and a pitched my tent looking out to the river. I walked down to the river to watch the sunset. Their were birds returning to roost including a long necked river bird. The view was beautiful with a new crescent moon with Venus and Jupiter sparkling below and Saturn shining above. There are many activities to do on the Nile which I will choose tomorrow.Read more

    • Day 413

      Crossing to Uganda

      February 2, 2021 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Before busy Malaba border post I have to pass a truck queue of 20+ km and struggle a lot with the insurance cartel. They all want to sell insurance for a whole year but I just need something for 2 or 4 weeks. Shortly after the border a police officer insists in seeing my Covid certificate but I refuse to search for my well-stored documents and annoyingly tell him that this is ridiculous because without any I apparently would not have been able to cross the border, right? He then wants an explanation on all things in my car which I also boycott and tell him that my car has already been checked by customs and police at the border ten minutes ago and ask him about his purpose of being here at all. He does not want to let me continue unless I "pay him a tea" for 10,000 UGX (2.20 EUR). Instead I hand him an old, brown banana symbolizing politely "go to hell". This he refuses and quickly waves me through. Fighting off corrupt police officers with bananas has always worked until now! I think they find it uncomfortable to be degraded to primates in public.

      In Tororo I buy a SIM card. Due to elections two weeks ago social media services like WhatsApp and Facebook are still disabled by the government. I never understood why they are doing this because Signal messenger and others still work :p

      There is no real campsite around but I find a calm hotel where I can camp in the yard. So far the people are very different than on the other side of the border. Busier, more of them, better/more elegant clothing, louder music, better music, more motorbikes, better motorbikes. And they are not taking any notice of me at all. Neither begging nor greeting. Fascinating contrast! Plastic bags are not banned like in Kenya and Tanzania. They wrap everything in thin, transparent plastic sachets. There are plastic bags flying around everywhere. If not a plastic bag then a torn condom pack.
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    • Day 9

      Tororo prison

      November 17, 1991 in Uganda

      Made it to Tororo, quite a fun place. But heavily into staring at gringos, Stayed in a really grimy grot hole, no water (nothing unusual), air, peace or pretense of friendliness. Very strong impression that the hotel is a recycled prison, but they haven’t even redecorated since the change of use. Or changed the staff.Read more

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