After a whole day’s journey, we finally landed at Entebbe airport. There we were met by a driver from African Roots Guesthouse, with whom we have made a reservation for our first night in Uganda. One of the services they offer for their guests, is free of charge transfer from the airport to their premises. Our room was large and very comfortable, and all their services were excellent.
Our car was delivered the same afternoon and we immediately received a severe shock: the luggage compartment was full of camping equipment. Where will we place our luggage? After some optimization, we somehow managed to also squeeze our personal luggage inside the car.
In the evening, we went into town to do major shopping for our trip, to exchange some money into local currency, and to buy local SIM card.
After good night’s sleep, we started early toward our first goal – Murchison Falls National Park. We hopped we will avoid rush hour through Kampala, if we start early. Obviously, we were not early enough. The traffic in Uganda’s capital can be described with a single word: MADNESS. On top of that, Tracks4Africa, our GPS mapping software, has managed to totally lost us in the very center of the city, so we lost an hour and a half in a morning traffic of Kampala “downtown”. It was not a pleasant experience and in the future, If we could avoid it, we would do so at all costs. Eventually we managed to crawl out of the town without any incident, but we’ve probably lost at least 10% of our nerves there…
Road to the turn-of for Masindi was excellent tar with very sparse traffic. In Masindi, we topped-up our fuel and continued on a decent gravel road to the entrance gate of Murchison Falls National Park.
Immediately after entering the park, we met our first wild animals in Uganda: a troop of baboons and few Abyssinian ground hornbills – a new bird species for us.
Near Sambiya Lodge we turned to the right, to the top of Murchison Falls. The road to the viewpoint was not so bad as described in a guidebook, and it is definitely worth doing a detour. Sights down the falls from the top are really stunning. Here the Nile, already a mighty river, falls down a gorge through a chasm, only 6 meters wide, and then continues down toward Lake Albert.
After that, we returned to the Sambiya Lodge and continued towards Paraa, which, in a way, represents the tourist center of the park. We camped at Nile Safari Lodge. Their campsite has a fantastic view over the Nile and we could use their restaurant, which served excellent meals (and cold beer!).
For the next two days, we did early morning drives over delta game-viewing circuits. It was fantastic, with lush and green savanna landscapes and plenty of animals.
Nile boat trip was sold-out on the first day, but we managed to get us reservations for the second day afternoon. It was excellent, with plenty of animals on the banks, and the view to the falls from the bottom was astounding.