July 22, 2024

Uganda highlights from Crossing Africa – 13 to 17 October 2011

Sadly we did not have a lot of time to spend in Uganda as we were a bit behind schedule after waiting for a spot opening up to trek gorillas in Rwanda. We were mostly on the road and during this time and encountered a lot of rain during this time. I would love to go back to Uganda again one day to explore it further as the time there was just too short. It was also in Jinja that we met the Voetspore team from South Africa for the first time and the start of a great friendship so we are very grateful for this. Here is the route we took through Uganda:

Uganda GPS track
To read more about our experiences in Uganda, please check out our blog posts from that time.

Tania’s highlight: In the tiny town of Masaka we stayed at a Dutch-owned tourist backpackers and I had the most amazing breakfast there – banana pancakes! A little treat to make up for all the rain. I also loved Jinja’s day of sunshine and sitting in that neat pub eating like kings and overlooking the blue Nile.

My favourite photograph from our time spent in Uganda was this one of our breakfast in Jinja overlooking the Blue Nile:

Tania’s lowlight: Rain, rain and some more rain! We only had a day’s sunshine during or time in Uganda, which made travelling on the bikes a bit difficult. I was also sad to miss out on some river rafting in Jinja, but we were pressured for time to get to Nairobi in time to apply for our Sudanese visas. Oh yes, and have I mentioned the traffic in Kampala – woweee!!

Francois’ highlight: Meeting the Voetspore guys for the first time during the trip. This was only one of many subsequent “bumping-into-each-others”. The sun coming out at Jinga was another highlight after four days of riding in the rain. Everything was wet and dirty and it was good regrouping for a day. The prices in Uganda was also great after expensive Rwanda.

Francois’ favourite photograph:

Frannie's favourite photo
Francois’ lowlight: Kampala traffic after a hectic day in the rain. Up until this stage we’ve not seen anything like it. Riding in the rain for four days on end was also not so much fun, even my passport got wet under my T-shirt, under my bike jacket, under my rain coat. Everything was soaked. We also realised we were about ten days behind schedule, so we had to rush to get to Nairobi in time to apply for Sudanese visas, so the pressure was getting to us for the first time.

Rwanda Trip Stats:
779 km
Time: 4 days, 0 hours, 38 minutes, 0 seconds
Highest point: 2450.2 m
Lowest point:
Around 1 090 m
Max speed & fuel consumption (Francois & Tania):
You will unfortunately have to wait for the Crossing Africa book to come out for this (Along with other detailed information e.g. the accommodation and food budgets)

GPS Profile:Uganda GPS profile