Joining the Jinja Tourism Board
Trip Start Dec 07, 2009
88Trip End Sep 26, 2010
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Where I stayed
Explorers River Camp
Anyhow, we set out early and spent the entire day travelling to Jinja. We made a very late bank, grocery and lunch stop in Kampala and eventually made it to Jinja before the sun went down. It was great for me to be back as I loved it the first time and I was really happy to get back settled in at the River Camp. Nothing much happened the night we arrived, just some dinner and drinks overlooking the Nile. The next day I went out and saw my friend Omar who runs a chapati stand just outside the gates of our camp
For dinner that night we had Omar make us a huge pile of fresh chapatis and we cooked up some really nice fajitas
The next day was the big highlight: rafting the Nile again! I had been talking this up for a long time about how much fun it was and the JTB convinced everyone to go. I was interested in doing some lunatic rafting and going through as many of the crazy rapids as possible and everyone seemed to be in for this option so I was excited I had already worked out who was coming in my boat. But when the morning arrived people started wimping out and choosing boat crews that weren't going to be doing all the crazy rapids. Only Arizona Jack and myself were left wanting to do the lunatic rafting, but I finally managed to convince the Dutch boys to join us as well, even though I didn't really give them much of a choice. We found two more American guys and I talked to Doug, the leader of the expedition down the Nile to take my crew. Anton wasn't working today so Doug would be the only other guy that would run some of the more crazy stuff, so it was good that we got in his boat.
He didn't disappoint either as we had 6 huge spills on the day. So much fun and the video we saw that night was hilarious, so I bought the pictures and DVD. So many good moments from the day on the river
That evening was spent in the bar as we all watched the big screen movie from the day on the river and we all said goodbye to Arizona Jack and Marko who were leaving early the next morning. We gave them a proper send-off and it was sad to see them go. The next day I spent wandering around the camp. I also decided to buy one of Omar's t-shirts but I had to spend quite a few hours directing him on how to do it and spell the words properly for his "Uganda Chapati Company" I also wanted to get a small JTB added to my bright orange t-shirt so I had to oversee that process too, but the man delivered and a few of us bought his shirts. The man can make a good chapati! I spent the afternoon swimming down in the Nile and enjoying the rest of my time there. It is a huge shame because by this time next year the entire upper half of the river that the rafting and campsite is based at is going to a big lake. A huge dam is being built downriver and all of the river upstream of it will just be turned into a giant lake. The beauty that has been there for millions of years will now all be underwater and it is quite a tragedy, so I tried to think of how lucky I was to be enjoying it. The sun soon went down on our last night in Jinja as our time in Uganda came to an end. We had a local African lady come in to cook us a traditional dinner of goat stew, tilapia (fish) in sauce, pilau, matoke, and sweet potatoes
We made it to the border after a few hours and I left Uganda as an "Esteemed Member of the Jinja Tourism Board". I'd like to think I'm a good ambassador for Jinja too. What a great place.