Where do we begin? the last three days has been eventful......
We had a long long drive from Bwindi to Kisoro, probably around 6 hours.....but the scenery enroute was amazing. However the mini bus we were in broke down around 4 times due to overheating, which was a bit of a pain! (See Photo)
On arrival into Kisoro, we could see where thousands of refugees from Congo had camped & also a convoy of very large UNHCR vehicles delivering aid. These people were seemingly moved from this area as it was too close to the border and was causing too much trouble, so they got moved further away from the border. The Kisoro region was endowed with fablous scenic views - the Virungas. Tall volcanic peaks of the Virunga volcanoes towering above the skyline.
We also passed pretty lakes - Lake Mutanda and Mulehe. The accomodation we stayed in was very basic - boo hoo!!! but it had a fablous atmosphere. The showers were heated by solar power, so in the morning our only option was to either have a cold shower or no shower at all...... The next day we enjoyed our visit around the Kisoro town, follwed by a walk up Magahinga. Up here there was a viewing platform and this had awesome views across the Virugas.
However Ian, nearly had an accident. Whilst taking the photos the wood broke from the viewing platform and he fell down, fortunately he managed to grab a bit of wood and clung for his life...... :-) all is okay though he managed to escape with a few bruises and grazes....
After our excursions around Kisoro, we headed for Lake Bunyoni. About a 2 hour ride & yet again the bus managed to break down.... We stopped off enroute in order for our driver to buy "Irish Potatoes" for his family, seemingly they are much cheaper to buy here. Lake Bunyoni is like "the little Switzerland of Africa" Again the drive was breathtaking, with sights of the hills of the region. Upon arrival we had a lovely lunch, however nothing prepared us for the accomodation we were staying in this evening. Bushara Island Camp is the only place to stay on the island, and our agent did tell us it was basic, however we did not expect it to be as basic as it was. My oh my, this was a tent, where you had to order a shower if you wanted one.
The shower was outdoors. Also we had to get used to doing the toilet in the bush, what an experience I can tell you!!!! But we survied..... It really does make you appreciate the things we have in life much more. In the evening though they had a lovely camp fire, where we toasted marshmallows. Even although the accomodation was very very basic, the views of the lake more than made up for this!!!! We had to get to this place by canoe. There was lots of birds - beautiful really.
We had a lovely drive from Lake Buyoni this morning to Kampala again this took around 6 hours. However the roads were mostly tarmac and not dirt track roads which we had when travelling to Kisoro. It was a lovely drive yet again. Stopping off on the way for Sugar Cane - yummy!!!!!
Then we dropped off to buy a drum or two - goodness knows how we are going to get back to the UK...... oh well, perhaps we shall have to get them shipped. But we are very pleased indeed with these drums. I must admit arriving arriving into Kampala (Uganda's Capital) appeared to be a bit of a shock to the system being in a busy capital after being so long in the bush. On the way here we had to pick up some tourists - as their car had broken down (seems to be a common occurance here!!!) I think because the roads are so bad. However upon speaking to these guys, it seems that yesterday they went gorilla trekking, the same group as ours. It took them 8 hours to find the gorillas, wow, it really does make us realise how lucky we were to find them so quickly. Goodness knows how we would have survied treking for 8 hours...... We were obviously just very very lucky.
Anway we are now in Kampala and the accomodation is amazing, Prince Charles stayed here with Camilla last month for the Commonwealth Summit. Normally these sort of hotels we would take for granted, however after being so long in the bush, we appreciate it (and the nice touches such as Molton Brown toiletries and fluffy bathrobes) even more........ !!!!
So we have just had a lovely dinner in the hotel restaurant, yummy - feel as though our appetite is coming back.
Tomorrow we shall explore the sights of Kampala and hopefully pick up some art work on the way to bring back home with us. We are currently debating whether to go White Water Rafting or not.... Hmmm we are tempted!!!!! But suposedly the rapids are grade 5!!!!!....
Its worth noting that the photos in the blog are only those from our compact camera, we have already taken over 900 on the SLR in the week and a half we have been out here, including some amazing Gorilla shots and some great shots of the Uganda people going about their daily lives. We will sort them out and publish the best on Ofoto.com as usual once we get home. We just can't upload from the CF chip out here as we can from the SD card chip.