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Hello, hello, hello! How are you all? Today I am very tired, Rocky and I got on a bus at 4pm yesterday from Kampala in Uganda, and arrived at 6am this morning in Nairobi, Kenya. Nice and long, we didn't slep much, me more than him, and seing as it was 35 degres when we got on the bus, we wore t-shirts, so at 4am it was a bit chilly!! Rocky eventually grabbed his sleeping bag out of his rucksack and we curled up under that! But it was a great experience, and I'm glad we did it.
What else has been happening in my life?? Well I have spent a week and a half in Uganda, after the drama in Kisumu with my VISA. Urgh that was annoying! We left Karen on Friday lunchtime, planned on spending a night in Kisumu on Lake Victoria before catching a bus to Kampala the next day. But we thought we would try to get our Ugandan VISAs before we got to the border, so went to the immigration office. Lucky that we did, cos I found out that my 60 quid visa I bought at home that would last me a year doesn't. It only lasts 3 months at a time, then I have to register as an alien. NO ONE TOLD ME THIS!! So it expired at the end of June, and we couldn't get it extended till Monday cos the office was all locked up. So the two of us spent the weekend stuck in what is supposedly the 3rd largest city in Kenya, but it is tiny! Wasn't too bad, we just really wanted to get to Uganda.
In Uganda we spent 2 nights in the city, at a backpackers place called Red Chilli Hideaway, which is where everyone goes, it was ok but we weren't massive fans. Then on the Wednesday we went white water rafting on the source of the River Nile. I did grade 5 rapids and was terrified!! It all passed in a bit of a blur, our guide was called Paulo and was really nice, he made it way more fun. Flipped once and kinda panicked but not oo badly. But oh my god, some of those rapids are scary! The biggest one is called silverback cos when you are at the top of it all you can se it white water, and the whole nile gets pushed through a 20m gap cos of a dam they built, so it is a bit crazy to say the least! We had such a great day and so decided to do it again the next monday on the day with left with a guy we met at the campsite who also wanted to do it again.
The Nile River Explorer's campsite at Jinja (where the rafting and all the next stuff happened!) was awesome, we had so much fun there, it was one of the best places I have stayed in so far. There are quite a lot of overland groups, but also loads of independent travellers so we weren't isloated at all. The view was incredible, looking out over the nile and you could go swimming in some of the smaller rapids as well, Rocky kept doing even though he hurt himself everytime!! While we were there I also went riding, loved it but forgot you can get burnt even when it is not sunny, so I was soooo red! Also went on a motorbike for the first time in my lfie.. And the two of us went for a 2 hour quad biking trip through some of the local villages, had loads of fun. We stayed there for 5 nights, and just chilled out in the bar when we weren't doing activities. Such an amazing week, spent a fortune but we knew we would!
We decided to go to Murchinson Falls with Ashraf (the guy we went rafting with, a really nice, Canadian teacher) but on our own and not with a tour, saved a bunch of money there, cos we rocked up on a bus into Masindi (after walking for miles in the heat to find the bus station) which is like 2 and a half hours away from the falls themselves and stayed in a really nice hotel, didn't expect it when you walk through the rubble strewn reception!! But they are renovating it all and it was lovely and cheap as well. Then called a tour company cos the park is really hard to get to without your own transport, the guy turned up at the bar we were sat at and had a drink with us! Arranged a day trip for Wednesday where he drove us to the park, we chilled out and had lunch there, then took a 2 hour boat trip up the nile, saw crocs (HUGE!), hippos, ellies and loads of buffalo, and to finish the day off walked to the top of the waterfall. Glad we did that in the late afternoon, it is really hot there and at 6 it was still 31 degres! So we were all so sweaty, it wasn't a hard walk, just seriously hot. But so worth it cos the falls were amazing! They are some of the most piwerful waterfalls in the world, the Nile gets pushed through a 6m get and drops 45m to the bottom. It was great to look at and we got some nice posed photos of us all, sweaty and everything!
And that is all the news my friends, family and anyone else who is reading this. I bought the DVD of us rafting the second time, it was WAY better, we flipped 3 times, and cos I knew what was coming I enjoyed it so much more, actually wave at the camera! So those at home can se it when I get back. Can you actually believe we have less than 4 weeks left here?! How have I already spent 4 months in Africa, it has one so quick, I don't want to come back (but really, really do at the same time!!!!).
We are getting the train to Mombasa on Monday night, the coast is the last part of our trip, save the sun till the end then I can come back brown right?! well gotta run, we are geting some food, then chilling out and sleping in front of the ashes all day, sounds like heaven to me!
Love you all lots and lots, miss you.. xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Posted by emmabanham 00:48 Archived in Uganda

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