Saa Nane Island Wildlife Sanctuary

Trip Start Oct 01, 2005
Trip End Dec 02, 2005

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Saa Nane Island is a small wildlife sactuary just off the coast of Mwanza in the Bay of Mwanza, Lake Victoria. Costs 800 shillings to go (about 80 cents) on a boat, and another 500 to take pictures. More like a zoo, but the pictures I took were ALL the animals there. Not much really. Going to plan a trip to Serengeti probably the weekend of Nov 3-6 is a holiday; its the end of Ramadan. There also a wildlife resort called Rubondo Island National Park. I'd have to fly there, and stay a few days. I hear the birds are amazing. It would be safari-style and there's a camp to stay it; my guess is it's pretty pricey.

Had my camera stolen over the weekend, so I wasn't sure I'd get these pictures. But my taxi drive rescued it from the thieves, for a steep price of course. Folks here are pretty poor. Hotel staff, restaurant staff, make about 40,000 shillings a month, about 35 US dollars. Fed some kids on the street today, brought out a pineapple and knife and had a party. It was fun. My Swahili is getting better, so I'm getting around more and making some friends.

My colleague in the HIV clinic is leaving for a few days this week, and then 2 weeks in November, so I may have a heavy load. There are other trained HIV physicians, but they left for other duties when I arrived. I'm trying to watch my workload as much as possible, but I saw 60 patients Friday. Oh well. Starting to make ward rounds also, 1-2 days a week, and helping organize the HIV program in general at Sekou-Toure. There's been an obvious lack of leadership and management, so even little things I do help a lot. Designng forms, making schedules, providing some meager supplies all helps a lot. Do a lot of bedside teaching in the clinic and in the medical wards. There's realy a sparcity of hiv-knowledgeable staff and physicians here.

I'm trying to get a picture of these jumbo frogs, you can hear them like a block away, they're so loud, but also hide really well. They hang out in the ponds, near the lakefront, and in the gutters. Haven't even seen one yet.

So, keep in touch! Give a phone call if you can. Africa calling cards are about 35 cents a minute.

Huggz 'n love to all

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