Turbot, Nakuru, Kampala
06.06.2011 - 09.06.2011
Overland Truck life is going well. The truck is really well equipped, even with drinking water which I am happy about (save my $1-2 a day water budget). I like how the seats are arranged, facing the middle of the truck instead on rows of 2 facing the front, as everyone has window (or in our case, open side) and it is more social…when we are not all sleeping. The beach area is good too, as a bit more out of the wind and sticking your head up over the top of the truck is probably the best view to see all around. The group on the truck seem like a good bunch and the tour leader and driver are great too. We have 17 people at the moment, and the truck has room for 24 for the extra seats are a bonus. We have split into 4 cook groups, so each night one group does dinner and then breakfast and sometimes lunch the next day. My group cooked last night and also a 5:30 breakfast this morning. The best part was shopping in the local market in Nakuru for pretty much everything besides the chicken. We fed 19 people 3 meals for $30-$40. I am not sure about this weight loss in Africa I was expecting though, as I can see we will be having a lot of pasta, rice, bread and potatoes over the next 10 weeks. All the good stuff.
Today we crossed the Uganda border and are heading for Kampala.
We did Lake Nakuru on Tuesday, a 6am start which was gorgeous that time of morning. Within the first 10 minutes we were called to see where some lions had just killed a buffalo and were sitting nearby waiting to drag it away. That was exciting and pretty lucky. Also saw black and white rhinos as well as many of the animals we had already seen. The lake looks just as it does in photos with all the pink flamingos and pelicans.
After Nakuru, we stayed overnight at Turbot and then crossed the Equator into the Northern Hemisphere, stripping off our ski jackets. The days are warm but as soon as the truck gets moving the wind really chiils things.
The people in the rural areas especially are sooo friendly and as we drive by, hanging out the side of the truck like dogs everyone waves and shouts “Jambo” and “Mzungu”. Particularly the kids, driving past a school you will see them over 100m away in the playground all with the 2 handed wave, One man lifted both his hands off his steering wheel to wave. It’s so nice and I just imagine how crazy we would look if we were at home doing that. We have had a couple of long drive days but even those are interesting as you get to see all the areas no one stops.
The scenery became greener and we crossed into Uganda. The border crossing was pretty hassle free as we are a big group. We are now in Kampala for the night, staying at Red Chilli’s. It is a pretty good campsite with FREE WIFI so us technology addicts are satisfied.