Posted by: Nicole | June 20, 2009

Entebbe, Uganda

 

Hanging out with the Rhinos at the Wildlife Sanctuary (From Left to Right: Rose, Rachel, Me, and Marie)

Hanging out with the Rhinos at the Wildlife Sanctuary (From Left to Right: Rose, Rachel, Me, and Marie)

Since my last post was more serious I thought that I would talk about some of the fun things that I have done while in Uganda.   A couple of weeks ago we went to Entebbe, which is about 45 minutes away from Kampala, for the day.  We had the opportunity to visit the wildlife sanctuary which was amazing.  We were a little worried that it was going to be like a zoo at home and not worthwhile, but it turned out to be a lot of fun.  We got to see lots of different animals at a pretty close distance, including lions, chimpanzees, rhinos, warthogs, and some really huge spiders.  The highlight was definitely the Vervet Monkeys that were running around all over the sanctuary and which we were able to get really close to.

Vervet Monkey at the Wildlife Sanctuary

Vervet Monkey at the Wildlife Sanctuary

Next we went to the Botanical Gardens, which really ended up not having that many flowers in it (there were more trees), but it did allow for us to get a different view of Lake Victoria.  They also had some really pretty Bourgenvilla.

We then went to the Lido Beach Resort, where we got to see Lake Victoria and spend the afternoon at a beach.  Besides being able to swim in Lake Victoria and just lay out in the sun, lots of the locals were playing football (soccer) on the beach and a game that looked like a combination between gold and croquet that we were not able to find out the name of.  It was a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon and the water was really warm, which was a nice change from Malibu where it is freezing.

In the evening we went to another part of the shore of Lake Victoria where there was some local dancing.  It was great to get the opportunity to watch this, but we soon found out that we would not just be watching, when they decided to have us come up and dance for the audience.  It ended up being a lot of fun.  Sadly, I am unable to upload the video of this exciting event because I forgot to bring the cord that attaches my video camera to my computer.  Overall it was a great day trip and a good chance to get out of Kampala.

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  1. I am glad that you had a good time during your visit to those various places. It’s vividly clear from your experience in uganda that “uganda is a place to go.”


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