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  • Right, I'm off. Tonight. Very excited.

    Staying with a friend in Kampala and then after that I have no plans, other than possibly going over land to Tanzania and then down to Zanzibar, before going back to Kampala to fly home in June... might go and do some work in Kabale, or somewhere further west, but nothing concrete yet.

    So here's your chance to tell me what to do, where to go, and to get envious as I post up photos of monkeys, guerillas* and the Nile. Oh and the Mountains of the Moon.

    Chapeau!

  • I thought you had done a

    have a wonderful time and take care and lots of pictures!

    Ill ask some Ugandan friends if they have anything particular to recommend

  • Cheers Aleski! Not yet, although bringing a gorilla home, hmm.

    Oh and Hoops tell me what that dead film stock you wanted was again... Chinese bikes agogo apparently. Randomly, I've just joined the golf club.

    Oh and I get to follow in the pedal strokes of this man:
    Flickr Photo Download: Velo Globetrotter - Petro Lubben

  • Wasn't in the smoke to say goodbye on monday so I'll say it now.. Have a great trip Snowy! Your presence shall be missed at the C&H

  • snowy - have a fookin great trip fella. You'll be missed

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl9IoIY7g­hY&feature=related

  • steal a monkey for me Snowy.
    Waynes running out of Monkey shots and we need to create some more.. look it as doing something for the forum..

    have a great one you jammy sod!

  • Right, I'm off. Tonight. Very excited.

    Staying with a friend in Kampala and then after that I have no plans, other than possibly going over land to Tanzania and then down to Zanzibar, before going back to Kampala to fly home in June... might go and do some work in Kabale, or somewhere further west, but nothing concrete yet.

    So here's your chance to tell me what to do, where to go, and to get envious as I post up photos of monkeys, guerillas* and the Nile. Oh and the Mountains of the Moon.

    Chapeau!

    if you are going to tanzania you MUST go to a place called Ngorogoro crater, its a fucking huge crater caused by an astroid thousands of years ago and is one of the best sights to see in africa, you journey up to the ridge of the crater (about 7 hours) and can see for miles into the bowl, from above you wont see any animals but once driven down into the crater its a massive animal sight sseeing extravaganza, you'll get to see all of the 'big five' as well. type in on google images for ngorogoro crater and you will see what i mean, i highly recommend this as most peeps i know that went to africa all went to see this part,

  • Have an amzing trip Mr. Be safe and all that jazz x Em

  • This is a nation of crazy alcoholics!

    Highlights so far: stopping Gwyn from fighting a prostitute in a bar for nicking her fresh Gin & Tonic, foiling an attempt to pickpocket her too, bar hopping in Kampala until 9 am, seeing other people's houses, which are frankly gargantuan, and trying to cope with the really generous hospitality here...

    I'm struggling to cope with the discrepancy between the urban rich (you can see where your UK taxes go when you visit the British High Commission Club here), and the average person on the street, but even Kampala is a relatively wealthy town for the majority of its inhabitants. More culture shock to come when we leave the city I guess.

    Ngorogoro is on the list of things to do. Aiming for Zanzibar in early May via the overland bus, for a bit of Stone Town and beaches. Doing some white water rafting down the Nile once the next round of house visiting / dinners and catching up with old friends has been done. Need to get some work meetings out of the way first too.

    oh and bicycles: heaps of chinese sit up and begs, with lovely pressed chainrings (Leon and Phoenix being the most popular words built into them in the chainring), and rod brakes. Most of 'em are bicycle curryers, carrying people rather than goods. With a little cushion on the back and the nickname of the rider. That and big old mountain bikes. I've not summoned up the courage to pedal on the streets yet. The combination of crazy car driving and foot deep pot holes is putting me off.

    Oh and Boda Boda motorcycle taxis are lethal!

  • have a good time chris

  • go to kasese and do the rwenzori's
    beautiful beautiful mountains
    5 days round trip or 6 days if you want to go to a peak

    try fort portal just up the road from kasese very nice town and there is a nature reserve just out of town to thwe south i believe where you can do guided walks through the forest and see a huge variety of rainforest dwelling creatures, i think i saw 7 species of monkey on my travels in thart reserve

    head down to mbarara and on down towards the rwanda / burundi / zaire borders and the scenery there is stunning again rain forest and the opportunity to see gorrillas

    cross the border to zaire and there are volcanoes about 5 km from rutshuru awesome sight if you are in to that

    the ymca in kampala is a great place to stay lots of travellers and cheap you can camp there if you want the slums are just down the road and make for a fascinating walk

    kenya head to the kakamega forest again a beautiful rainforest area

  • oh and watch out for AIDS

    the figures when i was there in the early 90's was a 33% per cent infection rate i.e. 1 in three have aids
    and that will only have increased

    wear a hat if you are getting frisky !!

  • lamu is better than zanzibar northern end of kenyan coast
    beautiful island chillax to the max there

    masai mara game reserve as good as ngorongoro well in effect they are one and the same they continue across the border

    hitching is easy i did 25,000 miles hitching through africa don't use your thumb put the hand out flat and put the palm skywards

  • Cheers Dicki!

    I'm trying to sort out a visit to an HIV / AIDS project here in Kampala in the next few weeks, funded by the organisation I used to work for in the UK, and then planning on Kabale to visit some more rural / village development projects.

    I had the radio tuned to a fundamentalist Christian radio station this morning whilst I was in the shower (they play good country and western, I'm not one of the rabid lunatic missionaries we shared our flight out with), which was heavily pushing an abstinence programme through schools based on the Repulican / American approach. Funding allows you to preach I guess. :(

    Met the DfID development people last night for dinner; civil servants are the same wherever they are in the world!

    I'm staying in Kololo at the moment, so hardly slumming it! The view from the balcony is of the new Hilton being built (24 hours a day) on the opposite hilltop - the president's got to have shares, as its being built on the the poshest bit of town above the State Buildings - with the old airport and the Uganda Golf Club in between. Using it as a base so we can save more money for travelling elsewhere.

    Oh and Cornelius, did you get a text we sent you? Not sure whether I'm receiving texts out here on my UK phone at the mo. Either way, the Kololo valley has been blasted with Bright Times compilations since we arrived...

    off to the market to do some shopping...

  • if you ever get to nairobi check out the matatu's ( the local taxi buses )
    sounds systems on wheels with a bit of room for passengers
    paintjobs like the very best of pimp my ride

    mama roches in nairobi is just the best hostel camping facilities / dorm rooms etc
    great place to catch up with other travellers get the low down etc

  • Snowy, got the text, brought a smile to my face.
    Good to know the Bright Times is making even the continent of Africa, shake a rump...

    Looks like you've got everything under manners. Had a really nice Grand Migration, six or seven bods, nice pace, good weather, enjoyable roll.
    Gonna organise a pub crawl for when you get back, and will pull out finger to get the ball rolling on the bbq as well...

    enjoy the rest, and keep us posted, looking forward to some pics...

  • I went to Kampala in 1995. It was full of manky looking storks and everything was covered in stork dung, and I spent the whole week trying to make a satellite receiver work. It turned out that the storks were perching on the LNB and pushing out the alignment.

    A stork-free Kampala experience sounds great.

  • This is a nation of crazy alcoholics!

    Highlights so far: stopping Gwyn from fighting a prostitute in a bar for nicking her fresh Gin & Tonic, foiling an attempt to pickpocket her too, bar hopping in Kampala until 9 am, seeing other people's houses, which are frankly gargantuan, and trying to cope with the really generous hospitality here...

    I'm struggling to cope with the discrepancy between the urban rich (you can see where your UK taxes go when you visit the British High Commission Club here), and the average person on the street, but even Kampala is a relatively wealthy town for the majority of its inhabitants. More culture shock to come when we leave the city I guess.

    Ngorogoro is on the list of things to do. Aiming for Zanzibar in early May via the overland bus, for a bit of Stone Town and beaches. Doing some white water rafting down the Nile once the next round of house visiting / dinners and catching up with old friends has been done. Need to get some work meetings out of the way first too.

    oh and bicycles: heaps of chinese sit up and begs, with lovely pressed chainrings (Leon and Phoenix being the most popular words built into them in the chainring), and rod brakes. Most of 'em are bicycle curryers, carrying people rather than goods. With a little cushion on the back and the nickname of the rider. That and big old mountain bikes. I've not summoned up the courage to pedal on the streets yet. The combination of crazy car driving and foot deep pot holes is putting me off.

    Oh and Boda Boda motorcycle taxis are lethal!

    Snowy, I have family in Kampala (my pops and his brothers and sisters were born there). I was in tanzania in 07 for a bit, totally awesome place too. Are you climbing kili? whatever you do have a great time.

    PS if you're climbing or touring tanzania, I can totally hook you up with a guide - I would and have entrusted my life to and he's come through him several times.

    pm me if this helps

  • I think we should all go to Tanzania! I already miss little sunshine Gwyn.
    Have a great time guys!

  • This is a nation of crazy alcoholics!

    Highlights so far: stopping Gwyn from fighting a prostitute in a bar for nicking her fresh Gin & Tonic, foiling an attempt to pickpocket her too, bar hopping in Kampala until 9 am, seeing other people's houses, which are frankly gargantuan, and trying to cope with the really generous hospitality here...

    I'm struggling to cope with the discrepancy between the urban rich (you can see where your UK taxes go when you visit the British High Commission Club here), and the average person on the street, but even Kampala is a relatively wealthy town for the majority of its inhabitants. More culture shock to come when we leave the city I guess.

    **Ngorogoro is on the list of things to do. Aiming for Zanzibar in early May via the overland bus, for a bit of Stone Town and beaches. Doing some white water rafting down the Nile once the next round of house visiting / dinners and catching up with old friends has been done. Need to get some work meetings out of the way first too. **

    oh and bicycles: heaps of chinese sit up and begs, with lovely pressed chainrings (Leon and Phoenix being the most popular words built into them in the chainring), and rod brakes. Most of 'em are bicycle curryers, carrying people rather than goods. With a little cushion on the back and the nickname of the rider. That and big old mountain bikes. I've not summoned up the courage to pedal on the streets yet. The combination of crazy car driving and foot deep pot holes is putting me off.

    Oh and Boda Boda motorcycle taxis are lethal!

    excellent stuff dude, you will not regret that listing on the itenery, believe me you will experience an awesome view and feeling once there, it will be chilly at the peak of the crater and absolute heat in the centre.....make sure they stop at the top of the crater and you get out to take pictures before you go down!!! its two extremes.......bloody hell!!!!!! i wanna be there again........ chaeck the trees for the mysterious leopard and hopefully you will see *'the big five' *....

  • Hello there, about time I gave an update really, as I'm back in Kampala and sat in an internet cafe trying to wok out where to spend my birthday...

    Been of to Jinja, source of the Nile and camo trouser short wearing Dudes who use the word "Whooooa!" and "Awesome!" a little too much for my liking, but hey, there was white water rafting down enormous rapids, otters, crocodiles and general loitering about drinking strong coffee whilst watching the Nile water make its 6000km journey to the Med.

    To be honest, the trip, like most unplanned things has been nothing like what I'd expected. And probably all the better for it. We spent our first week just trying to adjust to Kampalan club life, which to be honest, has made me realise that my tolerance for alcohol is paltry. The standard amongst the Asian Ugandans I'm staying and partying with consider a bottle of spirits each a quiet night.

    Been back in Kampala now for a few days recovering from the beating down the Nile, the sunburnt knees have got better and I'm starting to plan where to spend my birthday... sadly the trip to Zanzibar is out of the question at the moment, as the coach service that runs directly from Kampala to Dar Es Salam isn't operating at the moment - its low season here - and the flights are beyond my budget ($350), oh and there's no possible way I'm going to risk going via Nairobi. The direct coach starts again in June (in theory), so I might see whether the finances and inclination allow that to happen then...

    thinking of going to the Ssese Islands for the weekend and then for a few days afterwards - the budget beach option - just a couple of hours south of Kampala on Lake Victoria, here specifically: http://www.sseseislandsbeachhotel.com/

    Oh and to cross polinate threads, all bikes here have kick stands. Without fail. There's a natty trick they do where they cruise up...

  • I miss Snowy (and Gwyn, of course)... :[
    Knock 'em dead, Chrissy boy! :D

  • sorry bad internet connection...

    cruise up, pop the kickstand down and then sit, kneel or stand on the rear rack, giving the rider the bird's eye view of wherever they are. Its the bling legs over the handlebar demounting approach really.

    Did a trip into the country north of Kampala a few weeks ago, to follow the Pearl of Africa Rally (the major driver died during it, i've never seen a car more mashed up, nor a city in mourning afterwards, the president sent an escort to his funeral that 6000 people attended - we'd met him on the first day of the rally, as he was friends of the people we're staying with)... anyway, I digress... we saw bikes being used for every form of possible transportation - they carry 25 litres of water, all your sugar cane harvest for the day, tea leaves in bags. Half your family, etc. The best so far was a complete solid wooden bed with one bloke at the front balancing and the guy behind steering. Cracking! Oh and bike shops are everywhere. Its an EdScoble Dream...

    Off to the beach (well after a weekend of drinking). Southies, have a beer for me on my birthday on Monday!

  • Snnnoooowwwwyyyyyyyyyyyy

    hope you're having a belter

  • Southies, have a beer for me on my birthday on Monday!

    will do Chris, hope you and G are putting the U & G into ganda dude.

    will sink one for you on Monday for sure.

    x

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