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Stunning Uganda

UGANDA | Monday, 8 June 2009 | Views [633] | Comments [2]

Dear all,

Had an amazing, exciting, scary and totally awesome weekend. Caught a bus over to Uganda on Thursday night with 7 other people so there was a decent sized group of us. Would have been fine except I had severe food poisoning or something so the traveling was probably one of the worst experiences of my life!!! That combined with bumpy roads made for a very uncomfortable 12 hour bus ride...but my weekend was definitely still worth it. We arrived in Uganga about 7am and caught 'boda bodas' (motorcycles) to our accommodation which was right on the Nile. Riding on the back of a motorbike through the most amazing countryside as the sun rises I can tell you is pretty amazing. Seeing the Nile for the first time was definitely a highlight.



The accommodation we stayed at was really nice. The bar actually looked out over the river, I've put photos up but you really had to be there to fully appreciate it. We all shared a big bunkhouse which was fun, especially the monkeys waking us up in the morning by running over the roof!!! The first day we went to a resort and lounged around by the pool all day, nice relaxing day, definitely needed after traveling for so long.


The second day started out with bunji jumping!!! Ciara : I've decided that sky diving is much more enjoyable this was literally the scariest thing I've ever had to do. I thought I would be ok but freaked out at the end a little bit. When you have your feet hanging off the edge of a platform and only your ankles are strapped up its pretty intense. The bunji guy pushed me off cos he could see I was hesitating a bit lol. White water rafting down class 5 rapids was next. There was a massive group of us just jumping off the boat and swimming in the river, tipping the raft over and being carried by the current. Going down the rapids was awesome, I would definitely do it again, hopefully next time I won't be as nauseas from being sick though!!!


I wish I had my camera with me to show you how gorgeous it was to drift down the Nile with the mountains and stunning scenery surrounding us. There are people on the riverbanks washing clothes or bathing, little kids running and waving to us and guys in boats with fishing nets. The mountains are so lush and green, everything is so colourful and vibrant, even the soil is red – my feet were stained for a few days!! The drive back from the rafting was an experience in itself. Being able to witness how these people actually live in mud huts with cows and goats running around on the streets. Women with babies tied to their backs or carrying massive loads on their heads. Naked children running barefoot with excitement all over their beautiful faces when they see us drive by. This is what you expect the countryside in Africa to look like and it is stunning. Even though the way they live is so primitive to what we are used to, they seem happy and content enough. They have food, clothing, shelter and each other and they seem satisfied with that – we could definitely learn a lot from them!!!


So that was a massive day which ended with a drunken night down at the bar. They have a canoe strapped to the ceiling that we all managed to get into which was fun (see photos). Partying with a bunch of Americans and New Zealands was definitely fun.


So now I'm back at the home stay writing this for you guys and putting up photos. Was an awesome weekend and we've already booked our next trip this coming weekend down to Mombassa which is on the coast. Looks absolutely amazing, can't wait. Missing you guys so much, starting to get a little bit homesick so you all need to keep me updated on whats going on in Australia.

Miss you guys – hope your all taking care, love you all to little piecesxoxoxoxoxoxxoxoxxoxox - ki

Comments

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eeeek how exciting that u went bungee jumping!! did u get dipped in the river? that's what i'm mostly scared of !
that hotel pool looked amazing... we're stuck in 12 degree weather here! :(( so enjoy every second of it.
Looks awesome, you're making me want to go over there and visit.
miss you hun ... 17 weeks till i see u in ireland and counting hehe. (ill be counting for a while).
xoxo

  kama Jun 9, 2009 8:50 PM

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Hey kiara19,

We liked your blog and decided to feature it this week so that others could enjoy it too!

Happy travels!

World Nomads

  World Nomads Jun 22, 2009 12:48 PM

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