The Boda-boda

Apart from the ubiquitous taxi as a means of getting around town, Entebbe in particular, is safe to walk around. However should you not want to to use either, throughout Uganda is the all pervasive motorbike or boda-boda as an alternative form of transport. The name purportedly originated on one of the border crossings between…

Christmas Day, Uganda 2013

  The staff of the Protea Hotel certainly got into the spirit of Christmas Day, with hats being worn, balloons being given to the children, a fabulous buffet spread in the dining room, carol singers harmonising and Santa arriving on a jet ski. SAFAIR meanwhile, organised their own Christmas lunch out near the pool, with…

So why Uganda?

Tony flies a Hercules, C130. The company, SAFAIR, which is Johannesburg based, has contracts usually with the United Nations, or WFP, for flying cargo (and passengers) around. Mostly these are long term contracts in places, such as Uganda, that the crews are then sent to for 25 days at a time. Mostly these contracts are…

Entebbe vs Kampala

There is always the question of which is better -Kampala or Entebbe. And it comes down to personal preference. Entebbe is situated right on the edge of Lake Victoria and slightly elevated but generally flat. The highest point in the city is occupied by one of the original British administration low rise colonial buildings that…

The Road between

And so we found ourselves leaving sleepy Entebbe for the hustle and bustle of Kampala. Fortunately we left on a Friday morning meaning that traffic into Kampala was relatively quiet, even though it was wet. The road between the two cities is tarmac but very much single lane and rough, with quite a pronounced drop…

What can I eat?

Now that we are flush with Ugandan shillings, its time to go shopping. So, what does food actually cost in Entebbe? Depending on where you go… A soda/soft drink will cost 1000 UgSh from the local supermarket (but a refundable deposit is required on glass bottles), 1500 UgSh from an unnamed roadside cafe, 2000 UgSh…

Uganda Smiles

One thing that is apparent right from customs onwards is the general friendliness of the Ugandans. All it takes is a little initiation on my side and before long there are smiles all around. Florence -who is delighted to have the same name as my mother. She comes around every day to check room supplies.…

Water, water, everywhere…

Its hard to comprehend the vastness of Lake Victoria even when in front of it. I think from the air is probably the only way to grasp its size. Singapore is 704 sq kms (and growing!!) ┬áLake Vic is 68,800 sq kms !!! and is the largest tropical lake in the world. (Small aside: Tony…

The Protea Hotel, Entebbe

Would we stay here by choice? Probably not. While there is nothing wrong with this hotel as such, it is a typical chain hotel that is part of the South African owned Protea Group, and once inside, leaves you feeling you could be anywhere in the world. Our preference would be for something smaller with…

The Agamidae Family

Whilst out strolling, a glimpse of movement caught out of the corner of the eye will usually prove to be a member of the Agamidae family – a family that consists of more than 300 species. With exceptional eyesight and extremely fast reactions, these lizards require patient stalking to get close enough to for decent…