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Monday, June 28, 1999
Kampala to Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
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Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda:
Latitude: 0° 59' 20" South
Longitude: 29° 37' 0" East
Altitude: 4958 feet
From Seattle: 10297 miles
Lodging: Camp - Buhoma Community Camp Ground

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Today's Travel:
Country: Uganda
Regions: Greater Kampala, Rukungiri
Route: Bus: Kampala - Rukungiri; Matatu: Rukungiri - Kihihi; Pickup: Kihihi - Buhoma
Start: Kampala
Stop 1. Rukungiri
Stop 2. Kihihi
End:Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
Linear:237 miles
Weather: Partial Sun / Sunny / Mostly Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 809
Linear Dist: 148267
Countries Visited: 59
Regions Visited: 232
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Hotels: 252
Friends / Family: 160
Camping: 118
Hostels: 217
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 3070
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Journal Entry:
When the alarm went off at 5:30 I decided I was entirely packed and ready so I could sleep another 45 minutes. When the alarm went off at 6:15 I got dressed and raced to the bus station. I got directed to a but and thirty minutes later (at seven) it was off. It was one of the most uncomfortable busses I've ever been on. I was so tired I kept nodding off and smacking my head on something - there was no place to rest my head.

Got to Rukungiri at twelve thirty. Immediately got on a Matatu (shared taxi van). It's been a long time since I've been on a proper long distance shared taxi and I'd forgotten how it works. First sat there until it was nearly full (elapsed time 15 minutes; 14 people). Then drive through town picking up more people until it's overfull (20 min; 18 people). Go back to the taxi park and let some people out but put more in (30 min; 18 people). Go to the tire shop to get a spare - and a few more people (45 min; 20 people). Gas station (50 minutes; 20 people). Back to the taxi park to put a truly incredible amount of people in - now we can go (1 hour 15 minutes and 28 people. The three hour drive was very uncomfortable - no room, stuffy, still banging my head (causing a headache), and bad road. This drops me off in Kihihi - still 40 km away from where I thought the original bus was going to drop me! Hire a pickup truck to take me the 55 km to the Bwindi National Park gate.

Finally start setting up camp twelve hours after starting off from Kampala. There is supposedly one other Mazungo here, but I haven't seen him. Even so we're still out numbered about ten to one staff to guests - and at least half of them have automatic weapons. I'm exhausted, but need to eat something - I haven't eaten anything all day. Unfortunately no tourist means all the restaurants are closed. I finally talk a shop keeper into opening the store and I buy two bananas, a chocolate bar, and a box of biscuits - and diner is served. Read a bit and listen to the sounds - it's a bit creepy and this is the first time in Africa that I've camped completely on my own. Also realized that with out any mattress or pad this might be a bit uncomfortable - good thing I'm so tired...


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