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Overland Safari 1 – Uganda

THE UGANDAN DIARY

Day 9: Border crossing today in Uganda – ‘the country of smiles‘. Overnight at Jinja Campsite which is on the White Nile overlooking Bujagali Falls downstream from the source of the Nile. We spent the next 4 nights here to enjoy some of the ‘adrenaline junkie’ activities on offer…

Street Sellers stop our truck to sell us BBQ Meat on Skewers or Drinks. Pete sampled the BBQ Beef and said it was surprisingly very tasty...

Street Sellers stop our truck to sell us BBQ Meat on Skewers or Drinks. Pete sampled the BBQ Beef and said it was surprisingly very tasty...

Day 10: A rest day for some while the rest of the crew hit the waters for a full day of white water rafting – we had done this 3 years prior at Vic Falls, so we enjoyed a rest.

The best place to chill out in Jinja Campsite

The best place to chill out in Jinja Campsite

View of the White Nile from Jinja Campsite...

View of the White Nile from Jinja Campsite...

Day 11: A morning of ‘Tubing‘ on the White Nile and then back to camp to prepare for the ‘Booze Cruise‘ – a very funny night but not without it’s drama..

Pete and Liss tubing through a Rapid 3 on the White Nile

Pete and Liss tubing through a Rapid 3 on the White Nile

The evening started with a civilised drink on the top deck..

The evening started with a civilised drink on the top deck..

Then the dancing began...

Then the dancing began...

and then it starts to get messy (Rainer and Pete)

Then it starts to get messy back at our campsite (Rainer and Pete)

Elissa, Bron and Marlene - VERY Happy. The night unfortunately ended with the lovely Holly in hospital with a dislocated knee and there were quite a few sore heads the next morning

Elissa, Bron and Marlene - VERY Happy. The night unfortunately ended with the lovely Holly in hospital with a dislocated knee and there were quite a few sore heads the next morning

Day 12: Last chill out day in Jinja (some of our crew did visit an orphanage nearby throughout the organization ‘SoftPower‘ (we would also recommend these guys if you are interested in volunteering as ALL money goes directly to the projects).
At night we walked to the local restaurant for a ‘Group Meal’.

Our crew who returned from a morning of volunteering in the nearby orphanage... All taking place in the terrential rain

Our crew who returned from a morning of volunteering in the nearby orphanage... All taking place in the terrential rain

Day 13: Drive day en route to Entebbe where we picked up some new passengers. The campsite here is located near the banks of Lake Victoria and Queen Elizabeth Park

Day 14: This morning we cross the Equator for a quick photo shoot and then drive to Queen Elizabeth Park. We set off with 18 of our crew to see Chimpanzees in the wild. 2 hours into our walk we spotted several families… AMAZING!!!! Overnight was spent in a Bush Camp in Queen Elizabeth Park where hippos supposedly wander through and around the tents at night. Thankfully we didn’t get any visitors.

All the Absolute Africa Crew...crossing the Equator

All the Absolute Africa Crew...crossing the Equator

About an hour into our walk for Chimpanzees, we sight these Hippos

About an hour into our walk for Chimpanzees, we sight these Hippos

About two hours into our walk, we finally spot a Cheeky Chimp...

About two hours into our walk, we finally spot a Cheeky Chimp...

Just chilling out on a log...

Just chilling out on a log...

Camera Shy...

Camera Shy and on the run...

Day 15: Early morning cruise on Kazinga Channel. Plenty of hippos this morning and beautiful scenery. Returning to pack up camp, we took a short game drive but probably due to the fact that we were driving in the hottest part of the day, there wasn’t a huge amount to see. We arrived at  Hippo Hill Campsite in the afternoon and relaxed for the remainder of the day.

Hippos generally bathe all day long in the water, so we were quite lucky to see this one wandering on the bank as they usually move onto land at night time..

Hippos generally bathe all day long in the water, so we were quite lucky to see this one wandering on the bank as they usually move onto land at night time..

This is not a yawn but a big warning to us to move away. It makes for great photography though so you always hope they will do this

This is not a yawn but a big warning to us to move away. It makes for great photography though so you always hope they will do this

Day 16: A full day of driving to get closer to the Rwanda Border. We spent the night at a campsite where the boys played a game of soccer with the locals. We met our Rwanda Gorilla Guide that night – Sheba who gave us a briefing about the Gorilla Families, the different treks we could do and how we were to behave when in the company of the Gorillas.

Sheba is about to brief us on how to behave when we meet the Gorillas. He even taught us how to communicate with them - a deep throaty groan. We sounded ridiculous

Sheba is about to brief us on how to behave when we meet the Gorillas. He even taught us how to communicate with them - a deep throaty groan. We sounded ridiculous

The next day we moved onto Rwanda…

To see more photos of our time in Uganda, please see our gallery:

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