The Ultimate Road Trip, #Day 2 (Jinja – Lake Bunyonyi)

At the River Nile view point on the early morning of #Day 2

At the River Nile view point on the early morning of #Day 2

Throughout the night of #Day1 I could almost feel Nicki tagging on my hand and purring in my ear saying ‘Mash, we are in Jinja!  You have to take me out early and capture the spectacle that the great River Nile is..’ I was therefore up very early that morning. The river however conspired with the fog against Nicki and I to have it’s splendour concealed in a coy manner. It was as if Nicki and the river were playing a game of hide and seek like two potential lovers out in the woods! Right there I concluded that the Nile is male because my Nicki is certainly female.. 🙂 With little cooperation from the River Nile, Nicki and I insisted and managed to get some shots for your viewing;

Fog hangs over the magnificent River Nile in Jinja, Uganda

Fog hangs over the magnificent River Nile in Jinja, Uganda

A lone fisherman boats across the vast River Nile on a dull morning.

A lone fisherman boats across the vast River Nile on the dull morning of Day 2.

On this second day of the Ultimate Road Trip we needed to travel through Uganda (from Jinja through to Lake Bunyonyi) cutting across from the east to the west of the country, covering about 544km! This was quite a journey ahead of us, and we had been briefed as much on the previous night by Mukhtar (the trip Captain). Everyone got up early, and by the time I got to the breakfast area the tables had been neatly laid out by the Bunduz.com crew and the adventurers were enjoying the meal served out under the open morning sky.

Breakfast is served in Jinja, Uganda on #Day 2

Breakfast is served in Jinja, Uganda on #Day 2

Going by the adverts posted around the camp, it was clear that there are many activities that guests can undertake in and along River Nile. There is kayaking, white-water rafting, Quad biking and mountain biking. We however did not have the opportunity to indulge in any of the activities due to the time factor. We aimed to arrive at Lake Bunyonyi within the afternoon.

Kayaks positioned at the entrance of the camping grounds in Jinja

Kayaks positioned at the entrance of the camping grounds in Jinja

We hit the road early on this day, and the adventurers were upbeat. The Beast cruised the roads of Uganda with the prowess of a local adventurer. The mood within the truck was elated and this was certainly a good thing as we had a long road ahead of us going by the brief given by our trip Captain. As we drove across Uganda, it was evident how fertile this land is. The many hills spread all over the country were covered in deep healthy green vegetation that made entire way quite scenic.

Leaving Nile River Explorers Camp in Jinja

Leaving Nile River Explorers Camp in Jinja

 

Ali Said, the biking adventurer prepares to leave Nile River Explorer's Camp in Jinja

Ali Said, the biking adventurer prepares to leave Nile River Explorer’s Camp in Jinja

A briefing from the trip Captain, Mukhtar Sidi of Bunduz.com

A briefing from the trip Captain, Mukhtar Sidi of Bunduz.com

The road soon led us to a dense forest on both sides of the road which is popularly know as the Mubira Forest. This area hosts an informal market of hawkers who majorly sell foodstuff. Top on the list of items sold is the ‘kuku choma’ (roast chicken) on sticks. In my many travels into Uganda, I have always noticed that these chicken pieces are way larger than the regular size. It also caught my attention that they only sell the roasted thighs. Why not sell the rest of the fowl too? Anyway, curiosities aside; this chicken has a succulent burst of slightly charred and smoky flavour which keeps travellers buying more! Is this chicken or a wild bird? This question has always been left pending on all my travels and this was no exception.  Mukhtar (http://www.bunduz.com/) went down into the market and bought pieces enough to feed any adventurer who was curious to have a taste. We had a ‘kuku choma’ party, which came in handy for some of the adventurers who had indulged in some liquids that led to their body systems craving for something ‘meaty’.. 😉

A lady presents her chicken to the adventurers aboard the Beast at Mubira Forest Market

A lady hawker presents her chicken to the adventurers aboard the Beast at Mubira Forest Market

Mukhtar our trip Captain, negotiates with hawkers while making a purchase

Mukhtar our trip Captain, negotiates with hawkers while making a purchase

I zeroed in on the 'kuku choma' kitchen. The yawning couldn't wait to get his piece! :-)

I zeroed in on the ‘kuku choma’ kitchen. The yawning fellow couldn’t wait to get his piece! 🙂

Ali the rider became an instant hit to the idlers at the Mubira Market. :-)

Ali the rider became an instant hit to the guys at the Mubira Market. 🙂

The 'Kuku choma' party in the truck. Oh, that succulent roast chicken!

The ‘Kuku choma’ party in the truck. Oh, that succulent roast chicken!

The next stop was at the point where the Equator cuts through Uganda. Splitting the north and southern hemisphere within inches of each other! One can literally have their legs spread over the two hemispheres at this point. Due to the frequent tourist visits to this site, a sprawling collection of curio shops has come up selling all sorts of African art in form of sculptures, ornaments, musical instruments and fabric. The adventurers, particularly the ladies got an opportunity to shop here.

Adventurers at the Equator in Uganda.

Adventurers at the Equator in Uganda.

'I am excited that I can shop!' She said.

‘I am excited that I can shop!’ She said.

We were soon back into the truck and proceeded with our journey. We had covered quite much of the intended distance by now. Inside the truck the adventurers were a buzz with activity. Chitchat was loud as some people preferred to enjoy their drinks, few decided to keep to themselves by either listening to music, reading or taking a snooze. Whatever one chose, the Beast had just the right space for it. Talk of comfort on the road!

At the drink corner where the 'DJ' had his post.

At the drink corner where the ‘DJ’ had his post.

Taking it easy as she reads a book

Taking it easy as she reads a book

The ladies comparing items they bought at the curio shops along the Equator

The ladies comparing items they bought at the curio shops along the Equator

Soon the Beast came to a halt at an open field, and it was time for lunch. The crew quickly disembarked and laid out the tables in record time.

Adventurers help themselves to the well stocked table, thanks to the Bunduz.com chef

Adventurers help themselves to the well stocked table, thanks to the Bunduz.com chef

There had been several stops on the way, and therefore we rushed through our lunch in order to make up for lost time.

Mukhtar reiterates that we need to rush to make up for lost time in the schedule

Mukhtar reiterates that we need to rush to make up for lost time in the schedule

We continued on our journey, and I enjoyed the view of the picturesque landscape of Uganda which is dotted with many hills. We came a cross an interesting structure atop a hill which looked like something out a UFO movie. Well, see it for yourself and be the judge if fatigue was slowly building images in my overly creative mind. Anyone who may know what this structure is, feel free to share.

The strange structure atop a hill on our way to Bunyonyi in Uganda.

The strange structure atop a hill on our way to Bunyonyi in Uganda.

A beautiful mosque I spotted on our way

A beautiful mosque I spotted on our way

The long way ahead to Lake Bunyonyi

The long way ahead to Lake Bunyonyi

We unfortunately couldn’t cover up for the lost time on this day. We got to the Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort after dark. Again, I couldn’t do much of site seeing here as it was pitch dark, and the clouds were hanging low. We were quickly assigned to our rooms as the crew got ready to prepare dinner. Just before dinner, there was a heavy downpour which instantly changed the temperatures to a deep low. Not even the rain could dampen our adventurous spirit, we went on to keep it going!

An adventurer watches the heavy downpour at Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda

An adventurer watches the heavy downpour at Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda

A sumptuous dinner is served at Lake Bunyonyi

A sumptuous dinner is served at Lake Bunyonyi

We had to enjoy a drink at the inviting bar, despite the heavy downpour

We had to enjoy a drink at the inviting bar, despite the heavy downpour. Looking forward to #Day3

 

Event: The Ultimate Road Trip

Period: #Day 2 (29th Dec 2014)

Distance: Jinja (Uganda) – Lake Bunyonyi (Uganda) Approx. 544km

Organizer: http://www.bunduz.com/

Documentary (photos & writing) by: Macharia Njuguna (https://adventurewithmash.wordpress.com/)

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