Campsite and Jinja
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Today I was awake at 6.30 but dozed for another hour before getting up and breaking camp. We sat around and had breakfast and joked about last night and told the others about the club, that was a funny night. Today was just a short drive to Jinja. The campsite is nice as we are camped right near the Nile River where you can see the rapids and hear the water crashing below you. It’s an awesome view from sitting in your tent with the flap open. I was going to sleep outside tonight under a mozi net but it is a very high-risk area so I chose to sleep in a tent.
We arrived at the campsite set up camp and got shown where everything is like the toilets etc then asked who wanted to go for a village walk later on so most of us went.
The village walk was great because you got to see the people living their daily lives. The guide took us to a shop where the group bought a bag of sweets for the kids it was later decided that I was the one to hand them out. We had a look around and the guide took us to his home and introduced us to his family and showed us around his land.
As we walked around we were told all about the different trees and crops and what they were used for. And told about their daily lives, we would walk along and people would wave and say jambo. We had a lot of kid's following us around as we passed their houses we would stop and I would have to hand them a sweet each. The look on there face was priceless they were so gratefull and happy just to get a sweet.
We had a lot of kids following us and they would hold your hand and talk to you this felt a bit strange having kids hold your hand and walking with you but they were very happy and there parents were happy.
We walked the scenic way back along the hills, this was dodgy in places I kept laughing at Sue f nearly falling over all of the time then one of the kids had my hand so I was trying to get the kid to walk on this narrow path and I was trying to walk on the banks so then I kept falling over I though at any minute me and the kid are going down the cliff .
We got back had a drink then went to check out the showers. The one's at the bottom near are tents were freezing but the ones up the path on the hill were the best so far. The door wouldn’t really close properly so you had to be careful but there was a lot of pressure and lovely hot water it was heaven and the doors are cut away at the top so while you are having a shower you can see the Nile river and the rapids. After tea we got invited to the top campsite bar for free drinks and food. It was a bloke called Ben Holland memorial he was the cameraman for the rapids and an expert on the rapids . There was loads of people there including his friends and family.
Im know in my tent its 11.35 and tomorrow I doing the rapids im well nervous as I cant swim and have a serious love hate relationship with water. I love being around the sea fishing and chilling out but on the otherhand Im scared of the sea. As a child I had a couple of bad memories nearly drowning but im going to try and brave it haha.
Its roasting hot and im trying to find and kill the mozi in my tent im sure I have missed some. The sounds of the rapids is cool very relaxing