Aug 10 – Ruhengeri, Rwanda: Walked around Ruhengeri. Ordered chicken curry, it took 1 hour and 30 minutes to get. Got to love Africa time…
Aug 11 – Lake Bunyoni, Uganda: Lakeside resort. Sang camp songs around a fire pit. Mmmm, camp songs that are not suitable for kids.
Aug 12 – Uganda (Naboth’s Bush Camp): Camped in cow and goat dookie. Fighting to not have to use the bathroom. Success!
Aug 13 – Kampala, Uganda (Red Chili Hidaway): Stopped by the equator. Same spot as Ewen and Charley in Long Way Down. Saw the spinning water. Meh. Drinking games that night. I always lost.
Aug 14 – Kampala, Uganda (Red Chili Hideaway): Skyped RJ. Late start on the road because half the group is missing. Carol (Tour Leader) not happy.
Aug 15 &16 – Jinja, Uganda (Nile River Explorers): A.K.A. “The Black Hole”. Camped on a cliffside overlooking the Nile River. Class 5 white water rafting the Nile. Fun. Intense. Flipped once on purpose. Should never do that again. Swallowed too much Nile orrr animal/local’s bathroom facility. Busted my knee on a rock.
Later that night, toga party in the bar for Aussie Tim’s birthday. Next morning, top 5 worst hang overs of my life. Puked and had good conversations with the porcelain gods. “I’m never drinking again” blah blah blah.
Aug 17 – Nakuru, Kenya (Kembo Camp): 12 hour drive. Long drop toilets are my nemesis. Played ping pong at the bar. Good memories of AT&T days.Long drive days bring me down. Missing home and especially RJ.
Aug 18 – Lake Naivasha, Kenya (Fisherman’ Camp): FIRST AFRICAN GAME DRIVE FINALLY!!! It was packed with numerous animals. I could do this everyday…all day. We saw the “big 5”. Very very lucky to see the shy leopard in the middle of the warm day. Layed out underneath a tree for about 10 minutes. The other folks from the tour missed it.
Aug 19-21 – Karen, Kenya (Karen Camp): First truck clean. Took 2 hours. P.I.A. Said goodbye to some of the people on the tour. Said hello to newbies joining the tour. The start of the segregation in our group. Visited a Giraffe Sanctuary to feed these giant beast.
Aug 22 – Arusha, Tanzania (Meserani Snake Park): 14 new people on board. Already missing the original starting group. More adventurous and open minded. No drama. Issabelle no longer my tent partner. No worries though. Got to tent on my own. Yay!
Aug 23 – Karautu, Tanzania (Kudo Camp): Ngongoro Crater. Speachless. Amazing. Off to the Serengeti.
Aug 24 – Serengeti National Park, Tanzania (Bush Camp): 4 hours of hot, bumpy, dusty road ahead of us. Overall…Wow!
Aug 25 – Arusha, Tanzania (Meserani Snake Park): Last day in the Serengeti. Amazing moment #1: Mufasa was finally spotted. Walked between the cars in confidence. Then across the plain. Picture perfect Africa. Amazing moment #2: Four cheetah brothers on the hunt for a single redbuck (so we thought). Two cheetash from the back, two flanking from the side. GO! The redbuck on watch failed. About twenty other redbucks got up from out of nowhere and ran. The cheetahs got one in matters of seconds. Discovery channel does not play the screaming sounds of the prey. AMAZING!
Aug 26 – Tanzania (Segura Motel Zebra Campsite): Maasai museum and culture walk. Yesss, finally got a Maasai spear. How am I getting this bad boy home?
Aug 27 – Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (Mikarde Beach): Another long drive. Getting ready to physically kick locals of the truck to prevent stealing parts off.
Aug 28-30 – Zanzibar (Sunset Beach Bungalows): White sand beach resort. Doesn’t feel like Africa anymore. Party. Smoothies. Party. Beer. Party. Smoothies. Party some more.
Aug 31 – Stonetown, Zanzibar (Safari Lodge): Oh dayam…I’m feeling like shit. Headache, light headed, hot, cold, sweating. Malaria? Three other people sick as well. Terrible drive to Stonetown. Checked into the lodge. Crashed on the bed. Carol did a malaria test on me. Pricked my finger. Ouch. Phew, negative. Diagnosed as food poisoning from the buffet the night before. Everything came out on each end. Feeling like a shell of my body. Another missed opportunity. Completely missed photo ops in Stonetown. Ugh!!!
Sept 01 – Tanzania (Bush Camp): Feeling sick still. Two hour motion sickness boat ride crowded with locals. Not sure how I survived it without puking. At the bush camp…Please don’t go #2…please don’t go #2. Semi-successful.
Sept 02 – Tanzania (Bush Camp): “Game drive” on the Oasis truck through a park. Forgot the name. Afterwards, arriving at the bush camp we got our first truck issue. Two flat tires. No big deal, however, we have no more spare tires. Exciting!
Sept 03 – Chitimba Beach, Malawi (Chitimba Camp): Got yelled at in the morning by a local thinking I was taking photos of him. Uh oh, truck spluttered then stopped. Gears grinding. Shit! Truck is broken. Stuck on the side of the road for a few hours. In the end, it all worked out. We got to stay in a nice hotel! Colin the allstar driver/mechanic got the truck working again later in the night. He was able to find parts on a Sunday when all shops are closed.
Sept 04 – Chitimba Beach, Malawi (Chitimba Camp): Finally made it to Malawi! “Wow, it looks like an ocean”. I’m just another statistic.
Sept 05-07 – Kande Beach, Malawi (Kande Camp): Upgrade to a beach front bungalow. Amazing view. Ordered a live pig and had it cooked over a fire. Delicious. Vegetarians were not happy. Tired of animal conservation talk by now. Partied and partied again.
Sept 08 – Lilongwe, Malawi (Mabuya Camp a.k.a. Kiboko Camp): Another long drive. Another day of thinking, missing home, and RJ.
Sept 10 – Mozambique (Bush Camp): Driving straight through Mozambique to get to Zimbabwe. Not getting a chance to buy a postcard. Bummer.
Sept 11-12 – Kimbiri Shiri, Zimbabwe (Birdland Campsite): Learned a lot about the dangers of Zim. How corrupted the country is and was. On the incline for the better. Had our first ridiculous complaint meeting with the tour group. Petty ass bullshit to whine for the sake of whining. Lame.
Sept 13-16 – Gweru, Zimbabwe (Antelope Park Game Ranch): Speachless again. Where do I start? Let’s just list the activities:
- Lion cub watching/petting/touching
- Lion cub feeding
- Adult lion feeding
- Adult lion walking
- Elephant ride
- Horseback safari
Broke the bank at AP but oh so worth it. Paid $65 for a DVD and it didn’t come with a case, but oh so worth it again.
Sept 17 & 18 – Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (Burt’s Paradise): Rhino walking safari. Didn’t get to see a black rhino but still the best safari so far. The guides (professional certified hunters)were renowned to be the best of the best. Didn’t fail. If I didn’t see any animals, it still would have been amazing. So much information about bush life and how to read it.
Sept 19-22 – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia (Victoria Falls Rest Camp): It’s go time. “Shit got real”. Another list:
- Bungee Jump
- Bridge Swing
- Zip Line across the canyon
- 2 Gorge Swings
- Zip Line down the canyon
- Flying Fox across the canyon
Ordered the DVD and it’s missing my first Gorge Swing. Damn. I did it backwards too. Emailed them and hopefully they find it.
(Disclaimer: I didn’t proof read this entry. Hopefully my ESL is up and running today…)