Uganda Experience - Journey Across Uganda

November 21, 2015  •  7 Comments

 

 

Crossing the Equator - Scenes from Queen Elizabeth National ForeCrossing the Equator - Scenes from Queen Elizabeth National ForeCrossing the Equator - Scenes from the drive to Queen Elizabeth National Forest Safari with Prime Safari Tours in Uganda Afirca. Photo by James C. McDaniel III. You are welcome to share the link to James C. McDaniel III images, but use of all or any part of James C. McDaniel III images is not authorized without express permission from James C. McDaniel III.

I had the unique opportunity to travel to Kampala Uganda on business.  There were many first for me:  first time in Africa, first time crossing the Equator and first time on Safari, so I had no idea what to expect.  The experience was so diverse, I have decided to break it into 3 parts:

  • Part 1 - Journey Across Uganda
  • Part 2 - Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari
  • Part 3 - Lake Victoria near Kampala

 

 

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Journey Across Uganda - Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park (967 Km roundtrip)

My guide Kenneth with Prime Uganda Safaris and Tours picked me up at the Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala Uganda at about 0500 to begin the 450+ km drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park.  

 

Note:  This was not a typical tourist route.  The scenes you see are the real lives of hard working Ugandan people.​  Apologize for the photo quality, because most photos were taken from our vehicle as we drove through town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trip Route to Queen Elizabeth National ParkTrip Route to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Here are a few highlights of the journey:  
Truck load of coal for cookingTruck load of coal for cookingScenes from the drive to Queen Elizabeth National Forest Safari with Prime Safari Tours in Uganda Afirca. Photo by James C. McDaniel III. You are welcome to share the link to James C. McDaniel III images, but use of all or any part of James C. McDaniel III images is not authorized without express permission from James C. McDaniel III. Departing Kampala, you notice that we are driving on the left side of the road.  The city is waking up and a truck load of charcoal used for cooking passes by making deliveries.
Each city we pass through has several "open air" meat markets alongside the road with freshly slaughtered animals ready for purchase.
Future higwayFuture higwayScenes from the drive to Queen Elizabeth National Forest Safari with Prime Safari Tours in Uganda Afirca. Photo by James C. McDaniel III. You are welcome to share the link to James C. McDaniel III images, but use of all or any part of James C. McDaniel III images is not authorized without express permission from James C. McDaniel III.
 
As we exit the city, we encounter a future highway under construction.  Kenneth tells me that it is still several years away from being open for use.
Brick making moundsBrick making moundsScenes from the drive to Queen Elizabeth National Forest Safari with Prime Safari Tours in Uganda Afirca. Photo by James C. McDaniel III. You are welcome to share the link to James C. McDaniel III images, but use of all or any part of James C. McDaniel III images is not authorized without express permission from James C. McDaniel III.
 
Mud brick kilns - Bricks are made on the construction sites from local materials and dried in kilns.  
Hauling Banannas to the marketHauling Banannas to the marketScenes from the drive to Queen Elizabeth National Forest Safari with Prime Safari Tours in Uganda Afirca. Photo by James C. McDaniel III. You are welcome to share the link to James C. McDaniel III images, but use of all or any part of James C. McDaniel III images is not authorized without express permission from James C. McDaniel III.
 
Hauling bananas to market on bicycle was a very common site.  They travel on average about 3 - 5 km to sell the bananas at a market.
Coal distribution point along the highwayCoal distribution point along the highwayScenes from drive to Kampala Uganda after Queen Elizabeth National Forest Safari with Prime Safari Tours in Uganda Afirca. Photo by James C. McDaniel III. You are welcome to share the link to James C. McDaniel III images, but use of all or any part of James C. McDaniel III images is not authorized without express permission from James C. McDaniel III.
 
Charcoal distribution point along highway.
Fresh Tilapia from Lake VictoriaFresh Tilapia from Lake VictoriaScenes from drive to Kampala Uganda after Queen Elizabeth National Forest Safari with Prime Safari Tours in Uganda Afirca. Photo by James C. McDaniel III. You are welcome to share the link to James C. McDaniel III images, but use of all or any part of James C. McDaniel III images is not authorized without express permission from James C. McDaniel III.
 
Fresh Talapia from Lake Victoria being sold on the roadside.
Scenes from drive to Kampala Uganda after Queen Elizabeth NationScenes from drive to Kampala Uganda after Queen Elizabeth NationScenes from drive to Kampala Uganda after Queen Elizabeth National Forest Safari with Prime Safari Tours in Uganda Afirca. Photo by James C. McDaniel III. You are welcome to share the link to James C. McDaniel III images, but use of all or any part of James C. McDaniel III images is not authorized without express permission from James C. McDaniel III.
 
Entering a small town along the route.
Roadside produce marketRoadside produce marketScenes from drive to Kampala Uganda after Queen Elizabeth National Forest Safari with Prime Safari Tours in Uganda Afirca. Photo by James C. McDaniel III. You are welcome to share the link to James C. McDaniel III images, but use of all or any part of James C. McDaniel III images is not authorized without express permission from James C. McDaniel III.
 
Roadside produce markets were plentiful and stocked with all kinds of locally grown fruits and vegetables.
Roadside market - traditional drumsRoadside market - traditional drumsScenes from drive to Kampala Uganda after Queen Elizabeth National Forest Safari with Prime Safari Tours in Uganda Afirca. Photo by James C. McDaniel III. You are welcome to share the link to James C. McDaniel III images, but use of all or any part of James C. McDaniel III images is not authorized without express permission from James C. McDaniel III.
 
Roadside market making traditional drums
Ant moundAnt moundScenes from drive to Kampala Uganda after Queen Elizabeth National Forest Safari with Prime Safari Tours in Uganda Afirca. Photo by James C. McDaniel III. You are welcome to share the link to James C. McDaniel III images, but use of all or any part of James C. McDaniel III images is not authorized without express permission from James C. McDaniel III.
 
A large termite mound in your front yard may seem strange, but it is actually a bonus, because the ants are tasty treats.
Fetching drinking waterFetching drinking waterScenes from drive to Kampala Uganda after Queen Elizabeth National Forest Safari with Prime Safari Tours in Uganda Afirca. Photo by James C. McDaniel III. You are welcome to share the link to James C. McDaniel III images, but use of all or any part of James C. McDaniel III images is not authorized without express permission from James C. McDaniel III. Fetching water was the most frequent activity, since nearly all rural areas had no running water.  People travel several kilometers each day to fetch water for cooking and drinking.
busy Kampala Marketbusy Kampala MarketScenes from drive to Kampala Uganda after Queen Elizabeth National Forest Safari with Prime Safari Tours in Uganda Afirca. Photo by James C. McDaniel III. You are welcome to share the link to James C. McDaniel III images, but use of all or any part of James C. McDaniel III images is not authorized without express permission from James C. McDaniel III. A busy Kampala market.  These markets were abundant and always fully stocked with goods.

 

You can see more photos of this trip at Journey Across Uganda.  Please share the link to this blog with others, that might be interested.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to send us an email at jocelyn.mcdaniel@outlook.com or james.mcdaniel@outlook.com

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Comments

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Murchison Falls National Park(non-registered)
There is still alot for you to savor in uganda, a would recommend a visit to<a href='https://www.murchisonfallssafaris.com'>Murchison Falls National Park</a> during your next visit
Murchison Falls National Park(non-registered)
There is still alot for you to savor in uganda, a would recommend a visit to Murchison Falls National Park during your next visit
Murchison Falls National Park(non-registered)
There is still alot for you to savor in uganda, a would recommend a visit to<a href="https://www.murchisonfallssafaris.com">Murchison Falls National Park</a> during your next visit
Pearl of Africa @Uganda Safaris(non-registered)
seems like you had some great fun and adventure on your Uganda safari. we at http://www.pearlofafricatours.com/ are happy to be associated with Uganda safaris
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