You might be wondering how on Earth I have time to write two blog posts today, considering I haven’t even been able to manage one per day. Well, the reason I have so much free time is because my immune system has finally given way to all of the wonderful illnesses that Africa has to offer. So here I am at the hotel (with Sara, who is also sick) while the rest of the group gets to go to Jinja to see the source of the Nile. Besides the light headedness, not being able to eat, & constant sweating, I feel just fine.
Up until this point however, has been awesome. We spent the past few days in Murchison Falls National Park, where we had no internet access…or electricity. We were able to get electricity via a generator for 5 hours per day (5-7 am & 7-10 pm). We also couldn’t leave our cottages after dark, unless we wanted to come in contact with water buffalo (I wasn’t gonna risk it). On the plus side though, we actually had hot water!
While at the park, we got to take a boat ride on the Nile, where we saw hippos, elephants, & crocodiles. A particularly large crocodile decided to charge at our boat while we were all taking pictures of it (I thought of you, Trina!). I’d be lying if I said I didn’t freak out. We also got to see the Falls, which was amazing.
The next morning, we had to wake up at 5 am to eat breakfast & go on a SAFARI! It was great with Fred behind the wheel. What do you do when you can’t see the lions’ den from the road? Most people would just groan & be disappointed…but not Fred. He kicked that tour bus into gear & drove across the field until we were right up next to it, while all the other safari-goers just played it safe & watched in amazement.
A while later, on the drive back, we got stuck in a huge pit of sand. We all had to get out of the bus, while some good samaritans helped pull us out. Standing in the middle of the safari, knowing what kind of animals were surrounding us was definitely a memorable experience.
Afterwards, we went back to the hotel to grab lunch, & then we headed back out on the road to Kampala. What was supposed to be a 6 hour drive, only took us 4 & a half thanks to good ol’ Fred (he really is like Chuck Norris). The drive was very eventful, including an intense fly battle (we won…thanks to Matt’s fearlessness & determination), & me accidentally throwing a banana peel at an innocent motorcyclist, Mario Cart style.
It’s been an incredible run, but now I’m ready to go try to eat something, & maybe nap. I need to get better before the 30 hour journey home!