26.06.2011 - 04.07.2011 26 °C
Due to our visa problems, and the resulting extra week in Zimbabwe, we had to rush through Kenya and Uganda in order to reach Rwanda, where we would be trekking to see the mountain gorillas. There are very strict rules about the permits required to see the gorillas, and we had to be in Musanze (formerly Ruhengeri) by 4th July in order to trek on the 5th.
We had a few days layover in Nairobi, staying in a suburb called Karen. I really liked the place; everybody was very helpful and polite (more so than in Tanzania, I found), there were all sorts of amenities, good shops, the surroundings were green and gardens well tended. Very pleasant.
The Sheldrick elephant orphanage takes in orphaned baby elephants and raises them by hand. These babies would otherwise die in the wild, so it was worthwhile supporting the centre.
One of the not-so-nice African toilets.
The first time we crossed the equator. We were so high up, it was cold!
Especially with the open sides. I quite often get in my sleeping bag when it's cold on a drive day.
Crossing the equator a second time in Uganda. Back down under. The cafe here made the best cinnamon muffins I think I've ever eaten.
The obligatory pee stop pushups.
Markets on the side of the road in Uganda. They display their produce beautifully.
We spent a night in Kampala, and the next one in Kabale. As we got further south, and closer to Rwanda, the scenery became more mountainous.