The Nile and end of the 54 day Tour

Trip Start Jul 01, 2013
Trip End Jul 01, 2014

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Well after leaving the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi, we head back towards Kenya, but first a stop at Jinji. This small town is flanked by two impressive water features. Lake Victoria to the south and the start of the Nile to the North. We arrived late in the afternoon, just in time for sunset the first night which turned out to be quite magical over the nile. The campsite is amazing as well, with 90 percent of the tent locations and accommodation over looking the nile rom a high ridge. Kim and I made our way to the waters edge before dark, but were stopped in our tracks by an amazing site. just off the side of the trail down was a massive concrete slide… or possibly a rain water management channel down to the lake. But, whatever it was there were other travels throwing water down it and launching themselves into the Nile. We both looked at each other, smiled and ran back up to the camp to tell the group. Sadly, it was basically time for dinner, so we will save the slide until tomorrow. 

Well as some of you may have gathered, Kim and I enjoy fun, physical activities especially around water. So today we decided to up the ante a bit and do some grade 5 whitewater rafting on the Crocodile, Snake and Hippo infested Nile River. Luckily for us there are none of the aforementioned animals this far up the river, except snakes but more on that in a bit. We booked a flu day of Whitewater rafting on the nile and are super pumped. 
That morning we left with Garry, Will, Irik (Poland) and the Swiss couple Elias and Selina. We had a short drive to the compound for gear and then to the river to start our journey. We met our raft guide Alex from Kenya, who has been guiding for 15 years now all around Africa. The group consisted of the above noted group minus Garry and Will who decided to do tandem Kayaking, but we got a nice couple from England in their place. We all started out down the river towards the first rapids, the group handled the first one well, and on to the next. We hit the second wave and flipped dumping everyone in the water. Luckily a smaller Grade 4 rapid so we were able to hold on to the boat and get back in quick. That was the first for Kim and I as we had never dumped a raft before, a little scary but no problems. We keep on down the river where we had to get out of the raft as there was an impassable section of rapids that was too much for the raft group. After we were back in the water we made it another few hundred meters before rolling again in a set of waves our guide put us in sideways. We look back at the photos now and are quite sure most if not all the flips could have been negotiated with the guide, but he seemed to like to see us swim. After a quick float down the river, we were back in the boat for some lunch. We gathered up the few boats and all had copious amounts of Pineapple and crackers, a delicious river treat. With snacks still fresh in our bellies, we were back in the rapids and then some self caused swimming, i guess the "wait an hour before swimming" does not apply in Africa. The final rapid was one of the toughest ones and we went in hard. As soon as we hit the first big wave it was all over, we all went flying and i was under water between waves for longer then i was comfortable with. Luckily we were able to catch a few breathes and made it out unscathed. We finished the rafting without incident and without any wildlife issues, We did however find a dead and floating Black Mamba just a few metres from where we take out the boats, but at least not a live one. 

We were greeted on the banks of the Nile by old beer and lunch. Kim opted to have another beer as she felt it was required drinking a Nile Special after conquering the Nile River. We had a fun filled drive back to camp waving back to all the local kids and drinking on the truck. Once back at camp it was time for some sliding. We made our way down to the concrete "slide" wet it down and had a go. It was really awesome and made even better by the setting sun in front of the slide. 

That evening marks the last stop in Uganda and we are now heading back to Kenya and the finally couple days of the trip. The first stop in Kenya is also our last game drive at Lake Nakuru. We didn't know what to expect after coming from the Serengeti, especially with the first view of Lake Nakuru was of the flooded entrance and skeleton like trees of sunken forests. We started the game drive seeing very little except some buffalo and a couple zebra. We started to think we might be a dip disappointed with this park, and felt for the new people having seen little wildlife so far. But, just as we started to question it, we were rewarded with some lions, giraffes, and something that made our weathered group happy. Some very close up White Rhinos, actually about 20 in total in a couple different groups. Great to finally see them up close. With the game drive turning into a successful drive, we made our way to camp just on the edge of the park. 

Today we head one step closer to Nairobi, but stopped first at Lake Naivasha for a short game float on an over sized Mokoro with a motor. The Lake is beautiful and seemingly higher than normal. There are numerous trees flooded out and standing shadowy on the shores of the lake. We cruise around looking for wildlife and after only a few seconds find a small raft of Hippos just hanging out in the shallows. We end up finding many of these groups, and learn there are about 1000 hippos in this lake. We also track down several other animals along the shores, as well as many birds. The boat ride was great and kind of unexpected as we are all kind of winding down and thinking not much is still to come, but maybe we are wrong. We now make our way to the last campsite and night in the tent. 

Tomorrow we make the journey to Nairobi where we will be saying goodbye to everyone. It will be a sad day as we have spent so much time with the original 6 over the last 54 days. But, we are looking ahead to Japan and starting to get really excited about what is on the horizon. 

Africa is a land of many contrasts and amazing sites. We feel truly lucky to have seen as much as we did and that we had such an amazing group throughout. We can not say enough great things about this continent and are sad to see it go, even with the horrible internet coverage. Good bye Africa, i am sure we will be back someday. 

Ta Ta for now, Much Love and looking forward to catching up with everyone soon, now that we will have good internet again soon. 

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