I had to set my alarm for 530am today which, combined with all of the noises both in and outside the tent, meant I hardly got any sleep last night. We did have a nice breakfast as the sun rose which helped to make up for it a bit, before heading on a short game drive to the edge of the national park. On the way we saw Elephant, Buffalo, Impala, Uganda Kob and all sorts of birds as well as varied scenery and some crater lakes. We were hoping to see Lion as this was the most likely time we would see them but we weren’t that lucky, unlike another group we talked to while on the game drive.
We headed into the countryside, passing through Rutoko and waving at lots of kids as we went. The countryside really started changing today from savannah to something that’s definitely more mountainous and this afternoon we headed up a mountain pass on the way to our next stop, Kabale.
We walked around Kabale for an hour or so while Den got supplies. There wasn’t too much to see or do but we took some photos, bought a few snacks and talked to Jennifer the banana selling girl until it was time to get back on the truck to head to our next stop at Bunyonyi Overland Resort. Unfortunately we enoucntered our first major mechanical problem of the tour when our truck stalled on the way up the hill due to an air pocket in the Diesel so Al and Jono spent 40 minutes or so fixing the problem. They were efficient in getting things fixed but it did mean we arrived at the camp after dark.
The camp itself seems lovely and I’ve seen multiple levels of camping, a nice bar and great views despite the darkness and if you’re here early enough there is the chance to hire canoes. I set up our tent right next to the pier while Leon helped cook the Sausage casserole that we had for late dinner as I think this will be a great place to wake up tomorrow.
A couple of us sat around talking to Al about the petty complaints that some people make about Dragoman and the tour and some of the things people have apparently said were unbelievable. People will complain about anything and make up all sorts of things it seems. I don’t see the problem with anything – I’ve had no complaints about anything so far. Sure we’ve had some long days and missed opportunities but this is Africa and things happen.