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Trip Report Uganda Trip Report

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It's been quite a while since I posted a report on here, but I just made my first trip to the African continent - to Uganda and I thought I would share a bit and answer questions. We were doing some community work, but I thought I'd talk a bit about the touristy things here.

So, the first thing that was different about the way that this trip was structured is that we had a guide - something I'm not used to doing (I've been to mainland Europe, Iceland, South America) and this was was first time using a guide, but I highly recommend it. It really helped me make sense of what I was seeing and doing. We used a local tour company - Trekking Timmy - and I highly recommend them. http://trekkingtimmy.com/

I have to admit that I was really nervous about the long haul flight, but we flew Emirates and it wasn't bad at all. Sooo many movies, and I took a Tylenol PM on the plane and then again in Dubai (for the overnight) and then for the next day. After that, I was totally on Ugandan time. No jet lag.

Our first day, we drove to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive was long and the road was pretty intense, and this was the point where I was so grateful to have someone along because I was looking out at the road, trying to make sense of what I was seeing and it was so helpful to have a guide explain to me - "That man is going to the butcher." Or "That bird is a scavenger and is always found at the markets."

We spent two nights at Mweya Safari Lodge - http://www.mweyalodge.com/ - I have no complaints about it at all - it was beautiful, clean and relaxing.

The next day was all about the animals - we went on a morning and evening game drive and then on a afternoon hippo boat ride. I saw more animals then I ever thought I'd see - hyenas, buffalo, elephants, warthogs, baboons - the only thing I missed were the lions (Next time!).

After our relaxation days, we went back to Kampala to do some community work projects, but I arranged for Trekking Timmy to take me on a craft market tour, and a nightlife tour of Kampala, both of which I totally recommend (and so worth having someone drive you around). The nightlife scene is pretty amazing and fun! And the crafts are also great. I got a lot of beaded jewelry, some beautiful baskets, some cute little safari animal pull toys, and African fabrics.

OK, happy to answer any questions about the trip. I'm a little rusty at my trip reports. I think it's been quite a few years since my last one!

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