Back to Kampala
Kampala Travel Blog› entry 9 of 36 › view all entries
So, here we are back in Kampala, the capital of Uganda - and what a huge city it is!
We arrived yesterday after crossing the Equator and taking plenty of photos (with the poses that one takes when crossing the Equator, of course!). The campsite here is supposed to be very quiet, however, the local monkeys seem to have different ideas and insisted on keeping Denise awake all night long (again)!
Today was a free day, with some of the group electing to visit Chimpanzees on a local island. We chose to soak up the local culture by visiting the centre of Kampala. With four of us squeezing into a local taxi and bartering the price down to save 30p (it was the principle that mattered, not the price!). The supermarket can be found in any direction, depending on who you ask, including one response that there was NO supermarket in Uganda's Capital at all! We were delighted to see a parade of "western cuisine", including Nandos, Dominos Pizza and several burger bars. We are now feeling the benefits of a full stomach, and have satisfied our appetites (until dinner, which will be ready in 15 minutes).
On route to finding a bank to change some currency, we were hit with another reminder of the abject poverty that still prevails, even in a city as large and evidently wealthy as Kampala. As our taxi stopped in traffic on a main road into town, a small girl (perhaps no older than 7) was walking alongside the queue of traffic begging for money and food. Open-handed and obviously in pain and distress, she appeared pregnant due to the effects of malnourishment. Torn clothes and no shoes, it was difficult to drive on, but we had no other choice. We attempted to find her later with some of our boxed lunch, but she had moved on by this time.
It seems like for every amazing sight and experience we have, there is a reminder of the constant suffering and hardship that still exists on this vast Continent.
We are now back at the campsite, having been for a swim in the "dip pool", and are preparing for tomorrow's activity of White Water Rafting in Grade 5 Rapids at the source of the River Nile.
Denise has booked THREE life jackets for tomorrow, and is currently working out a method to wear them all at the same time.
Will write again soon!
D & A