Welcome back! If you haven’t read previous parts, do so. The first part is: here, the second part is: here, and the third part is: here. We stayed at Lake Buyoni before and after the gorillas, for three days. It was a wonderful place, beautiful, peaceful and just great. We visited Little Angels Orphan School there. Really cute kids and heartwarming engagement by people who take care of them. And a beautiful place for the school.
Since I wrote this post a lot of things have changed. This morning I received terrible news. Our wonderful guide from the tour, Mike, have died of cancer. During the tour he mentioned a few times stomach pain and was going to see a doctor after the tour before he continued on a next one. But he was happy and smiling anyways. Soon after we heard news that Mike was recovering from a surgery. Suddenly, something I never expected happens, why?
Despite his pain and worry Mike showed us a great part of Africa and gave us this unforgettable experience, always smiling. He left this world way too early, way too soon. Why? Mike got to taste Swedish caviar paste. He thought it was awfull and we all laughted. We laughed a lot, talked politics and serious stuff, talked about fun stuff, animals. He really wanted to show us waterfalls on the Nile in Jinja and was really disappointed when we discovered that they were gone. There are many memories from this trip, many happy moments. Mike will be remembered for ever. R.I.P.
And finally it was time to see them. The great apes. The gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. I wrote another post about it. This time I will just mention that we did. It was amazing. It was though, hard, muddy and exhausting, but we saw them. Nothing else really matters. Nothing else is really important. A longer post about visit to the gorillas is: here. Nuff said.
Before we left lake Buyoni we visited a school for orphaned children. They all live in foster homes and the school is taken care of a former student, who was sponsored before. Now he helps to sponsor other kids and does a great job. We visited some classes and were dancing with children. Some of us were trying to teach. Great experience. You can visit their homepage here: Little Angles.
Now it was time to go back. On the way we passed the equator once again. It was time for the picture, lunch and to realize that it was much warmer on the northern hemisphere (summer) than southern (winter). Neh, not really. But it was fun to se how water behaves going down a pipe. Try it!
We stayed at a noisy camping in Jinja, by the Nile, near its source. The town outside was cute, but the camping was perfect for the party-animals. Earplugs, my friends! We saw vervet monkeys and red tailed monkeys and a dead bat. The camping had lots of activities, one of them being sunset cruise. I really wanted to do it, but since they called it booze-cruise I decided not to. Instead we took a walk to nearby waterfalls and discovered that waterfalls is no more, since water was raised by the electric company. No waterfalls, but it was really pretty anyways and we found a guy who took us on a sunset cruise for less than ¼ of the price with some drinks and a lot of nature. Much better deal. The following night, staying one more night in Jinja, we went with another local guy on a cruise to see utters. We saw utters, lots of birds and one more sunset. Can’t complain.
The last night on the road was in rift valley, quite high in a really pretty campside. Pretty and freezing cold. Maybe it is colder, where the winter is? On the way back to Nairobi we stopped for a picture of the Rift Valley and sadly, the trip was over. Offcially after our last dinner together in Nairobi.
We stayed a few more days in Nairobi. Two days too much. We drank lots of coffee and it was good, very good. One day we booked a table at Carnivore, the famous meat-place. Before going there we decided to visit the Karen Blixen museum and do it by a local bus with our Aussie-friends. Imagine six fat whiteys in the back of a bus filled with local people. Strange sight, funny sight. An adventure.
We got stuck in the traffic, so we didn’t go into the museum. We just looked at the garden and took a car (museums own taxi) to the Carnivore. And we got meat, lots of meat, all different kinds of meat. Chicken, lamb, pork, beef, ostrich, crocodile and bull’s balls. No game meat, since it’s not allowed in Kenya, but it was great.
The last day we visited the National Museum in Nairobi. It was interesting, but information overload. The interesting part was way back to the hotel. We walked there by the highway. Going back to the hotel we chose a smaller road, straight on. Straight on, but through a bit uncomfortable (for) us neighbourhood. We were watched, we should have chosen another way, but it was interesting. We survived, we were not robbed and we got home in one piece.
And guess what: I want to go back to Africa! You can leave Africa, but Africa never leaves you.
World heritage site in this post: The Rift Valley Lake Systems, a world heritage since last year, 2011. Link to the site: Kenyan Lake System of the Great Rift Valley.