Uganda

It’s About the Destination, Not the Journey

Posted by on Jan 1, 2009 in Africa, Uganda | 1 comment

It’s About the Destination, Not the Journey

As mentioned in my previous post, transport in Uganda is a frustrating, slow, and potentially dangerous experience. It is a country where, at times, you wish the journey could be omitted—it’s all about the destination. The first such destination was Murchison Falls National Park, billed as the most exciting thing to happen to the Nile on its journey to the Mediterranean. Thanks to the business-minded folks at the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), there is no shared public transport, nor will they help you arrange any, nor will they provide you with directions to the park (assuming...

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Expenses: Africa

Posted by on Dec 17, 2008 in Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Mauritius, The UK, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe | 1 comment

Expenses: Africa

Back due to popular demand (or my shear dorkiness)… in order of cheapest to most expensive countries… here is our budget breakdown for Africa! Please see my Expenses: Europe and the Middle East post for information about how to understand these posts! Uganda (17 days) $35 PPPD Visas $109 Accommodation $253 $7 Transport $255 $8 Sights $255 $8 Shopping $14 Food & Incidentals $301 $9 Gorilla Permits $1157 We didn’t include our Gorilla permits in our daily cost since $500 per person on a one day event is pretty steep and many people forgo that...

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Forget the Rebels, Fear the Bus

Posted by on Nov 27, 2008 in Africa, Uganda | 2 comments

Forget the Rebels, Fear the Bus

We had a vast distance to cover on our overnight journey between Nairobi and Kampala, Uganda’s capital city—505km. I don’t think I could sum up the journey any better than Akamba’s Public Road Services own website; Akamba Passenger Services are described as, “A courier service is a company that helps businesses ship packages all over the world cheaply and overnight by using the cargo space normally allotted to passengers.” If you click on the link entitled ‘Credibility’, you will notice it leads you to a page named ‘blank.htm’. As for...

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