Bwindi was as mystical and secretive as impenetrable. Forests obscuring horizons and international boundaries. The last stand of Gorilla gorilla, and home to the unique Batwa people. We were relieved to find local authorities and guides serious about the conservation of the forest and its inhabitants. Ruhija and Rushaga were great departure points of exploration.
|On our way north to Kihihi, a winding road through the highest slopes of Bwindi Forest. We saw Pordocarpus Yellow Wood type trees. I wondered how many primates there were in Africas Primate history, and about all of us today. |
|Long-crested Eagle (Lophaetus occipitalis) Uganda boasts arguably the best birdwatching in Africa.|
Both Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National Parks teem with wildlife. Although the Amin-type slaughter of humans and other animals have left it's mark of destruction and extinction, perhaps tourism can boost the surviving radiating populations and species. If we can for example save the rhino, the veld in Uganda is prime for reintroduction.
|Loxodonta africana |
Timely research taught us the insecurities of Kidepo Valley. And it didn't help much that war had just broken out again in the Sudans to the north. Passing Kitgum, we held our breaths of what we would find. We found the Karamojong. We fell in love with the land of the Karamoja people.
|Kigelia africana, Sausage Tree|
Driving in Uganda is notoriously interesting. Get a trustworthy driver and take your time. Distances can be deceiving and one rapidly learns to measure in time rather than distance. TIA, you know. If you are on a self drive, good luck. Roads range from footpaths to tarred and new. Public transport "death busses" swoop down tiny roads which they hardly fit on, so pull over and do bird-watching. Boda-bodas are amazing scenic coffins on wheels. Tragically we also encountered a freshly smashed up RAV, and met the naïve survivors the next day. Phew.
People are super friendly and helpful, and everyone speaks English. Make an attempt to learn some Swahili and Buganda.
|Akorongimoe and Linda, new best friends |
|Have you heard of a shy stork called Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex)? Out in the open, three sightings in two days on the Nile Delta. Praise the Shoebill.|
|Travelling Uganda involves a criss-cross of the Equator. This is at Paraa Ferry in Murchison Falls National Park.|
Ankole cattle. We got into trouble for not asking to take pictures. I said: mooo…and sorry.
|Wilderness Camping was at the order of the day. Linda preparing dinner, and two buffalo guarding the camp sight. Fruits and vegetables were delicious and abundant. Nile Delta, Queen Elizabeth National Park.|
|The perfect navigator, travel and life companion. Wife, I love you. |
After rafting the White Nile and a visit to the Botanical Gardens, it was time for us to depart Entebbe and Uganda. We thought of our families and parents Leon, Moksie, Bessie and André who supported us in our wedding and this travel dream. Our sadness of leaving Uganda slightly waned as we thought of Biko and Clara. Ugandan dreams changed our lives for ever.