Hello everyone! Over the past two days we have been mostly travelling, from Camp Fred near Kampala to Red Chilli rest camp, which offers spectacular views over the savannah and a short trip to the famous river Nile.
The drive from Camp Fred to Red Chilli took from the moment it became light to a little before it became dark, however we did stop for a few hours to go chimp trekking in the rainforest, and to see the awesome power of Murchison Falls.
Chimp trekking was amazing - I had never set foot in a rainforest before and neither did many others on the trip. Thanks to the ability of the guides we managed to get within mere meters of a chimp sitting in a tree. Many photos were taken and we even heard a chimp fight where one was bitten, its sobs all too human like. We also heard chimp 'drumming' where as a show of strength and dominance a chimp will beat the root of a tree (the roots grow sideways not down as most of the nutrients are on the top of the soil, producing wooden walls at the base of the tree). The 'drumming' was very loud and after testing the root of a mahogany tree, it made me appreciate the chimps strength.
After the long trek through the jungle, we continued towards Red Chilli, stopping only for Murchison Falls save for a few petrol stations. Around 300 meters cubed of water had to be squeezed through a 6 meter gap causing a constant spray for those who came near and a foam on the water at the bottom of the waterfall. We arrived at Red Chilli just after dark, surprised to find that many of the meals were quite western.
The next day we started early to go on a safari, a first time for many. After crossing on the car river ferry, we drove in our safari bus which had a raisable roof to the start of the trail. The vast plains of the savannah was beautiful and we saw many animals. There were countless giraffes, antelopes and warthogs grazing and relaxing the the morning sun. We also could see groups of elephants and one group saw a lioness. There were hippos that were chomping the grass right next to our tents whilst we were going to sleep the first night at Red Chilli, much to the horror of some, however we were glad to see some more in the daylight wallowing in the lake that we stopped at during the tour. The views of the natural landscape and the wild animals, usually only seen behind bars at a zoo were spectacular and the experience will be remembered for a long time!
Daisy Sum--> can you make marmite crumpets when I get back pleaseeeeeeeee xx
Libby--> mum, are you back from Greece? Love you both. Have you heard any news about H ? Xx
Edie--> hey everyone! Miss you all and thank you for all your comments! Can't wait to see you when I get back, lots of love! Xxxx
Ps: grandma and grandpa thank you so much for the comments, send my love to the lot in bath, see you soon!
Lauren--> Missing you both! I look forward to seeing you again.
Florence--> looking forward to seeing you, stock up on food; I'm coming home soon ! X
Spragues--> Parents, are you still alive?
Honor--> how's the house? Love you both xx
Lucy--> who's picking me up? xx