Long Way Gone
19.01.2016 - 20.01.2016
We knew that taking off after the busiest weekend of our lives might be a touch stressful. After getting home from our wedding on Monday and scrambling to pack to leave Tuesday morning- was slightly shortsighted. With a sick now-husband (!!!!!) and a less than stellar plan of attack; I knew today (yesterday?!) would be a long day.
Our flight path was Calgary-Toronto-Amsterdam-Kigali (Rwanda)- Entebbe (Uganda). 30 hours door to door, thousands of miles, and too many miny bottles of red wine and airport snacks and we made it.
Entebbe is less intimidating than I expected. The air was jungle thick when we deplaned; heavy and sweet, nothing like the light tropical air I have experienced before. The city was dark as we landed, nothing close to the metropolises we had come from. We cleared customs easily, fingerprinted and photographed- we had secured our East Africa Tourist Visa in November (USD$100; Good for Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya. Apply through the Embassy of your entry country) which made entering the country a breeze.
We were greeted by a driver from our hotel for the night (Karibu Guest House), who met us with a smile and whisked us off to his vehicle and drove us through the clean quiet streets to the hotel. The rooms have a porch with two large wooden chairs, perfect for enjoying a cold Nile Special after a long day... Well that's what should have happened. Shortly after arriving I realized that I had forgot the one thing that one really should not forget when coming to Uganda: mosquito repellent. At least the beds are surrounded with ceiling to floor mozzy nets; we will solve this problem tomorrow.
Tomorrow; we fly to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to start our Gorilla adventure...