Journey to Hippo Hill

Trip Start Jul 09, 2010
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Trip End Nov 04, 2010


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Hippo Hill Camp

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

We made it! After 14 hours of Stu hogging the armrest and watching romcoms we made it! Amazingly someone from Hotel Africana was waiting to take us to the hotel  and after a white knuckle drive we arrived in Kampala with an hour to spare before we had to meet the group, so of course, we went straight for a nice snoozy! There are 9 of us in the group, Stu and I are the youngest and already he is tormenting the oldies, but they seem to love it.

After an early start we piled into our two mini vans and hit the bumpy, pot holey road on our way to Queen Elizabeth National Park. As they said in the trip notes, this is Africa and things can go wrong… so after about an hour on the road we stopped to get a glimpse of some colbis monkeys and our obviously well maintained mini bus failed to start. This didn't seem to faze Matia (our driver) who proceeded to whack the battery with a spanner for a few minutes till it decided to start… this seemed to do the trick and we were back on the road.

A quick "biological break" gave Stu the chance to mingle with the local kids… as he approached they didn’t know to run or cry, I think they thought he was going to eat them. Luckily for them he just gave them a bottle of water… the look of relief on their little faces was priceless.

Back on the road and our wildlife spotting really kicked into force… so far we have seen, colbis monkeys, waterbucks, storks, kob’s, an African fish eagle, gophers, baboons and warthogs, the highlight being when a Elephant crossed in front of our bus… I think he was in search of a Elephant lady to woo by the looks of things.

Tonight we are staying at Hippo Hill Camp,where we’ve just finished a tasty dinner with bats flying over our head and the sounds of the jungle playing in the background. We’re sleeping in these fantastic tentded camps… apparently the hippos come up and graze on the grass next to us during the night! Scary! Right – that’s it for now… the world cup final is on and our tour guide Ewin is Dutch so I have to go and do some cheering!
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