Uganda Day 1
A quite incredible day for all sorts of reasons. First things first. The flight out to Uganda was boring, but uneventful and we landed at Entebbe at 7.35am local time to be met by Stu, the ranger who
arrived on Friday. The weather was overcast and reasonably muggy, but bearable. We went back to a place near Entebbe zoo where Stu was staying and picked up his stuff, then we set off in our van
(see photos below) From this point on things began to go wrong. Firstly, our two guides became one as one was called off to another job. We then moved onto Kampala to pick up Ugandan SIM cards
and a mobile dongle. This was so I would be able to blog on a daily basis.
Kampala is mad! It’s teeming with traffic and people, but everyone is very friendly. Navigating around is a bit fraught, but we managed to get on the main road towards Kasese.
An hour later disaster struck. There was a loud banging and whirring sound from the back of the van and we got out to find that the rear tyre had delaminated and was in shreds. In the process of
changing the tyre we stopped the engine only to find that it wouldn’t restart. New battery required!
Thanks to a very helpful traffic policeman this only took an hour. The entire afternoon was spent driving. Rural Uganda is beautiful, the thing you are most aware of is the red soil, which on a dry day envelopes you. I spent some of the afternoon snoozing in the back of the van, the rest taking in the beautiful views. There were a couple of toilet stops to be negotiated, these are just holes in the ground and the stench is terrible. We also made a stop on the equator to take some photos.
Progress was so slow that we were unable to make it to Queen Elizabeth National Park, but we have stayed at the Sun Beach resort Hotel (No sun, no beach!) about an hour and a half away, so we should arrive at Hippo House tomorrow morning.
Larry the Leopard says hello to his many fans, he has spent much of the day charming the locals. He promises that he will blog tomorrow on what’s really been going on!
Lastly, a point of note for the dads out there. I’m sure you are wondering about the most important question of all. What’s the beer like? Well, I can inform you that I had a bottle or two of Nile Special lager which retails at just 80p for 500ml and it hit the spot! More tomorrow when hopefully I should get to Kafuro in the afternoon.