On Wednesday we left St Jude's children's home to head to Masindi. The children waved us off in their new football shirts, it was hard to leave the children behind but they are all so settled and cared for so well, which made it easier for us to start the next part of our journey.
After a few problems locating our driver and trying to be patient with African time keeping (or lack of it), we began our journey to Masindi. It is very true that when travelling in Uganda, whether religious or not, you quickly learn to pray! With a blowout along the way the journey was an experience to say the least. The cars and lorries continued to zoom past us at ridiculously speed! It wasn't long before we were back on the road, feeling relieved but this was short-lived as we then hit a massive storm and torrential rain! The visibility was terrible but in true Ugandan fashion the driver carried on whilst we wet our pants in the back of the car! We made it alive (just!!) to Masindi to pick up the bus to head to Murchison Falls National Park.
Murchison Falls was breathtaking, we walked to different viewpoints, each as spectacular as the last. A bit further down the road was our rest camp-we were shown our tent and given instructions on how best to escape the hippos should they enter the camp. We wondered how many of our nine lives we had used up!
Thursday was our main safari day-in the morning we went on a boat trip down the Nile and saw hippos, alligators, crocodiles and elephants. Very exciting! In the afternoon we went on a game drive. Totally amazing. We tracked a pride of lions and got within a few metres. On Friday we headed back to Kampala, stopping off at the rhino sanctuary on the way.
Safari was such a fantastic experience and we were pleased to be back in Kampala where we stayed at Diane's-with hot running water and proper beds-hurray!