I super adored this place. We arrived at this cute hotel/hostel at the end of a very (very) long day of travel. I didn’t have the budget to hire a private driver for the trip up to Murchinson Falls, so me & the guide I worked with took a metatu (they actually call them taxis in Uganda, but to be honest they’re like buses with 14 or so people in them – photo in this post if you’re curious) & then a public bus (super crowded), & then a private driver. Like I said, it was a long day!
But the moment we pulled up here & jumped out, it was worth it. There were only tourists, besides the staff at the counter where we checked in, but the place was nice & it was easy to just transition to vacation (vs. exploring a new country & being very adventurous). It was a nice moment to just take a break. Kick back & enjoy your time off, you know?
Anyways. This place isn’t quite right on the Nile, but standing just off the back of their deck, you can see the water. The sun was already heading towards the horizon when we arrived & I stood there in the brush & just looked out. I’d never seen the Nile before & it was magical to see it. Famous & significant on so many levels, you know?
I grabbed a soda, which I never do in the states but did so many times in Uganda, & just sat down near the empty fire pit to watch the sun go down. It was only a glimmer on the horizon, really, but it was the Nile & that was enough for me. I don’t even think I snapped a photo, but it was the NILE & I couldn’t get over that.
The huts were so cute here. Our cabin was roasting in the heat after having soaked up the sunshine all day & then without having a fan or anything to cool it down. I tried to open the windows a bit to let the air in, but what we really needed was to prop open the door to get a breeze going & with the mosquitos & malaria, that’s just not a great idea.
I was reading Everything Is Illuminated at this point in the trip. Sorry to all of you fans out there… I did NOT like it! I kept expecting the story to come around & have a point or a meaning for me, but unfortunately no dice on that. (I did really like his other book, Eating Animals, though!)
Look how pretty the light in Uganda was. Harsh in the day, loveliest in the evening. I suppose that’s how it is anywhere though, right? Sunset light is so magic.
One thing you get used to really quickly in the countryside in Uganda is how common some animals are. Baboons are treated like raccoons or pigeons or seagulls are in the USA. I still loved seeing them, of course, but they do get into everything if you’re not paying attention & I can see how that would get old fast!
At the Red Chili, the warthogs are the ones wandering about. I don’t want to bump into one on my way to the bathroom at night, but dang are they fun to look at during the day. & their babies! So cute. & weird.
& that’s it! Warthogs, cute cabins, the Nile, a good ol’ Ugandan soda… & then in the morning the most amazing sunrise of my life (ever) & some really great animals. Stay tuned! xo