Thanks to the Ethiopians we had lots of time for Uganda and spent 24 days meandering through this beautiful country.
After a few days walking and relaxing at Sipi Falls we headed to Jinja, staying at a great campsite on the banks of the Nile. There was a good crowd in for New Years Eve and we propped up the bar till the early hours drinking Nile Special & Amarula with milk!
We enjoyed exploring Jinja and doing some amateur detective work, tracking down the old family home of our good friend Dave who was born here 40 years ago.
After a couple of days in Kampala getting some admin done, we headed north for Murchison Falls National Park. We tried to convince the lady on the park gate that our Landy was actually a saloon car, hoping to get away with paying a $50 vehicle fee instead of the outrageous $150 they charge for a foreign registered 4x4. We failed, so it was onto plan B which was to stay outside the park and hire a local car to take us in. We fortuitously met a South African couple where we were staying who didn't need their local hire car or driver the next day so they kindly lent them both to us for the day.
While we had some decent game viewing driving around the circuits to the north of the river, the highlight was the boat trip up the Nile. We had some lovely elephant and hippo sightings along the way and it culminated in a close up of the Nile thundering down the spectacular Murchison Falls.
Over the next few days we headed south to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where we would track mountain gorillas. It was an amazing experience. Fortunately for us we only had about a 2 hour walk to find the 23 strong family of gorillas we were assigned to. The family was quite spread out over the steep hillside we found them on and we moved from one individual to another with the trackers cutting back as much foliage as they could or dare to give us the best possible view of each. After a fantastic hour sharing their world we had to head off and make the climb out of the forest to our own.
We topped off our Ugandan odyssey with a few days R&R on the shore of Lake Bunyoni eating cray fish, canoeing round the islands and catching up on the laundry!
So now we head to Rwanda and Tanzania as our journey takes us south again...