From Entebbe to Fort Portal
Arthur and I started out at 8:30 and headed straight for Fort Portal. We stopped at a grocery store to fill up my bean bag with… rice and got a case of water as well. Initially we drove through the suburbs of Kampala and through many village that brought a familiar humbling experience of just how many things we are lucky to have and take for granted. Something that of course isn’t unique to Africa, but of all the places we have traveled, this is probably where we have experienced it this most.
Shortly before Fort Portal the landscape changed into tea fields. Very pretty and very green. The farmers here are focusing on bananas and teas and we did see many of the locals transporting green bananas from the plantations to the market. Often on bicycles.
It’s an odd feeling to have a extended Toyota Landcruiser with me as the only passenger. Arthur is luckily a nice guy, but we both ran a bit out of steam at the end of the drive. After dropping me at Kyaninga Lodge, he had to drive back to Fort Portal to find a room to sleep. There is no space for the drivers here.
The camp itself is beautiful. The pictures on the site doesn’t really do it justice. It’s only three years old but is built in a wonderful rustic style. There are eight cabins – two of them are family-sized, holding up to six people. It’s situated right up against a crater lake and everything has that wonderful safari feel to it.
I’m off to see the chimpanzees tomorrow. I don’t quite know what to think of it. Most locals I’ve spoken to are downplaying it saying that I’ll be lucky to see three or four of them. From what I’m being told they are constantly on the move or in the trees. Arthur also made a comment yesterday about how gorilla viewing is better in Rwanda because the gorillas sit in open fields. Here they seem to hide in the forrest. Ugh. I hope for the best – not much I can do about it anyway…