Hello everyone – Stuart here…
We’ve been to the source of the Nile today! Intrepid explorers as ever – though plenty of people have been there before us, including Speke, the guy who discovered that the Nile starts at Lake Victoria. We saw the obelisk where he stood and had his eureka moment, and we went across on a boat to the islands in the middle of the river where an under-river spring feeds the water of the lake and starts the flow towards the Mediterranean. The water takes three months to do the 4000+ miles, so by mid-October if you go to Egypt, it’s the same water we saw.
It was a pretty hellish journey there and back, where we seemed to be stuck behind one banana lorry after another, but it gave us the chance to see more banana plantations, tea fields and sugar cane too. We had lunch at a restaurant overlooking the river which took two hours altogether because they were so slow. We were so late we went straight to the Chinese restaurant “Fang Fang” where Watoto gave us a thanksgiving dinner, which was lovely. There were representatives of Watoto HQ there who gave little speeches thanking us and they gave us all little presents and the whole evening was lovely.
We’re absolutely stuffed now so we’re off to bed. We have to get up early in the morning tomorrow to go to Entebbe. Most of the group are going off to an island in Lake Victoria to a chimpanzee sanctuary but because it involves a hike of about 2-3 hours the three of us and three others decided it was better to spend the day on the beach of the lake, where there’s an open-air swimming pool. We might have gone to see the chimps but Naomi decided it would be too much for her so we are showing solidarity with her and having a beach day.
Love from us all! x