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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…

Mamba Point Guesthouse

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 out of Entebbe

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…

Tilapia from Faze 3

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…

Smile!

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.…

Product of Uganda

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…

Front entrance of the Protea Hotel,Entebbe

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…

Agama lizard

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…

View over Lake Victoria from our hotel room.

Where in the world are we?

In the middle of the world… lies a continent called Africa. In the middle of the continent… lies a country called Uganda. On the south eastern edge of the country… lies a Lake called Victoria. On the edge of the lake… lies a town called Entebbe. On the outskirts of the town… lies a hotel…

Maribou Stork

Entebbe’s Maribou Storks

In contrast to the cute┬áPied Kingfisher, and its high energy levels, the Maribou Stork is a creepy kind of bird that spends most of its day standing around hotel carparks. At least that how it seems. It’s a huge bird reaching to around my bust height when it is standing in what appears to be…