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Uganda Trip Pictures from Dec. 21 to 30, 2007

To proceed to Uganda Journal.

Route through UGANDA. Covered approx. 1600km on the motorcycles of which 500km not paved.

Dec. 21, 2007. View from our campsite (Crow's Nest) of the lower SIPI FALLS.

Dec. 22, 2007. Hiking the circuit of Sipi Falls. Wooden Stairs descending to the lower Sipi Falls.

Framing of a traditional Ugandan house.

Completion of a traditional Ugandan house.

We hired a guide, Moses to take us to all (3) waterfalls, ...

... as the trail is hard to find through the bush, trees and banana plantations.

Arriving at the base of the lower Sipi Falls.

Sipi Falls is located at the base of Mt. Elgon.

Picture for scale.

Based on the very green conditions, this area gets a lot of rain.

We climb a ladder to get to the base of the second (middle) waterfall.

Our view from the ladder.

Walking past coffee trees.

Our Guide, Moses, shows us how to pick the coffee beans.

Once they turn red they are picked and washed.

Walking above the second (middle) Sipi Falls.

Close up of the second Waterfall.

Ruby scares the guide as she gets to close to the edge.

View from the top of the second Waterfall toward our campsite in the far distance.

It is a bit of a walk through some beautiful countryside ...

... to the base of the third (upper) waterfall.

We are able to get directly below the falls.

This one giving of the most spray.

The original 4 to 5 hr estimated hiking time took us only 2 1/2hrs to complete.

Drying of the coffee beans ...

... on the side of the road.

Banana's freshly picked from the Plantations ready for pick-up.

We leave Sipi Falls at 10:30am and head for Jinja on Lake Victoria.

Here we visit the SOURCE OF THE NILE and ...

... took a picture of the Speke's sign.

11km north of Jinja are the BUJAGALI FALLS.

We set up camp at the Nile River Explorers Campground, ...

... located directly on the shores of the Bujagali Falls.

The wooden deck from the restaurant was perfect to watch the sun set.

Dec. 23, 2007. From Jinja we are on the road to Hoima, stopping to buy some banana's on the side of the road.

The main transportation of banana's are by bicycle, there are 100's in the season loaded up.

We arrive at the Red Chili Rest Camp in the MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK. Warthog Warnings.

Warthogs freely roam the area ...

... around our campsite. Mike is on the computer.

This one actually charged at me as I got too close.

Dec. 24, 2007. We signed up for a (3) hr boat tour up the Victoria Nile River. A globe indicated our current location.

We were able to see a lot of wildlife on the boat tour. Waterbucks grazing on the shore line.

Here are some Hippopotamus facts.

They can be as large as 3m long, 1.5m wide and ...

... are the 3rd biggest land animal.

Adults hippos weigh up to 3200kg.

Most important hippos will outrun a human.

Eagle.

There are 100's of hippos all along the shores.

Buffalos.

Close up Buffalo.

Close up Buffalo.

Hippos lazing in the water.

No very often do they come out of the water during the day.

Most of the time only there back and nose stick out of the water.

Squaccotterons (White Bird)

Elephant.

More Elephants.

A herd of buffalos hanging out with hippos.

King Fisher.

A crocodile blends in with the surroundings.

There are lots of Nile Crocodiles that line the shore line.

Hippos and Crocodiles hang out together.

You definitely would not want to fall into the water here.

Crocodiles taking in the morning sun.

Most hippos only expose their noses.

They clearly know we are there as they watch us.

Crocodiles do not eat hippos, ...

... that is why they can live together at close proximity.

The birds pick ticks out of the back of hippos.

Our first view of the MURCHISON FALLS.

The Victoria Nile River narrows to pass through a 6m wide opening here.

On the return trip we see more elephants.

Our boat. One of the best spent $15.00/person.

During the night we are visited by a hippo (this is how the rumors of Bigfoot come about) out of focus picture.

This hippo is eating only a meter from our tent.

They can walk up to 6km/night and eat up to 40kg of grass/night.

Dec. 26, 2007. Crossing the Equator again in Uganda.

Riding through QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK. We had a couple close encounters with Elephants.

Descending to the shore line of Lake Edwards on our way to Ishasha.

Dec. 27, 2007. BWINDI NATIONAL PARK (also called IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK).

Bwindi National Park is home to half of the world's known mountain gorillas.

We set up camp at the Park headquaters, but there is no opening to see the gorillas (See Rwanda for gorilla pictures).

The terrain through the park is steep and the forest dense.

Riding through Bwindi National Park.

We met no traffic as the road is single track and has some bad sections.

Small villages dot the countryside.

From the lush and green conditions ...

... one can only assume that it rains a lot here.

The end of Bwindi National Park marked by the end of the treeline.

Cultivation of the hills start.

Our road coming out of the park.

Setting up camp at LAKE BUNYONYI for (3) nights.

A nice spot to relax and catch up on the usual.

Beautiful scenery.

A sign indicates that Lake Bunyoni is the deepest lake in Uganda ...

... with a depth of 6500 feet.

We watch children cross the lake ...

... in dugout canoes.

Our campsite at the lake.

A woman laying out her laundry to dry in the grassy terraces lining the shores.

Dec. 30, 2007. The fog rises from the valley below as we ride from Lake Bunyonyi to Kisoro.