What an incredible 3 days we have just had! Entering the Serengeti from the west after our stay in Mwanza and exiting at the south east end of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area towards Arusha.
We saw everything in those three days (including baby versions)… Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Hyenas, Rhinos, pink Flamingos etc etc the list goes on!
We camped in both parks and had visitors in the form of Bulls, Jackals and Hyenas during the night. Scary.
We even winched out two experienced game drivers when their Toyota Land Cruisers got stuck in the Serengeti mud. We then proceeded to drive straight through that very mud without even a flinch from our trusty Disco. So much for bringing the wrong car to Africa! Pah!
The truck is now enjoying some TLC with a thorough jet-wash, tarmac roads, and then a nice break in Moshi while we make an attempt at Kilimanjaro. Who’s dumb idea was that?!
It’s been a while but it’s safe to say that time flies when you’re having fun… Uganda has been brilliant, we’ve made lots of really lovely friends and stayed in some of the most picturesque places so far (check the travel page for links).
Our day with the gorillas was truly special and we were really sad to leave them. We visited the Habinyaja group in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, they were so relaxed and friendly… We could only sit back and marvel.
We chose the “H” group on purpose as they are supposed to be the most difficult to locate and we wanted the challenge of tracking them in the jungle for a good few hours. On Saturday however, they were out in the open on the edge of the jungle and we found them destroying banana trees after only 30 minutes of easy walking. We didn’t know where to look first, we basically walked right into the middle of their circle and let them move around us as they were playing, exercising and of course eating only a few meters away.
Although it was initially difficult to part with $500USD (each!) it was one of the most rewarding experiences on our journey so far and we would recommend it to everyone who is lucky enough to make it to Uganda. It’s a beautiful country with a lot to offer.
Tonight we are spending our second evening in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. It’s an impressive city (so clean and orderly!) and what is more impressive still is how this very proud and patriotic little country has recovered so spectacularly from their tragic past. We visited the Genocide Memorial and Museum this morning, a burial site for over 250,000 of the victims. The museum is very moving and states the facts with a perfect mix of emotion and “shock value”. There are many tributes to the fallen all over Rwanda but for us two it is just too overwhelming so we will concentrate on other good points and attractions!!
Tomorrow we are headed for Tanzania, it’s time to get back on track after our very extended time in Uganda! First stop will be the Serengeti so let’s see how we get on spotting the Big 5
X Jo and Richard