20.02.2017 - 21.02.2017 35 °C
After a good night’s sleep, an interesting breakfast (cold toast, cold egg, and a big slice of pineapple) and a pot of freshly brewed real coffee, we were ready for the next day. We weren’t quite sure where to spend that night, but we headed for the gate on the southside of the park. It was very hot, and we couldn’t open the windows as we were followed by swarms of tsetse flies. Not knowing how dangerous they were, we felt it was better to be safe than sorry! They got in anyway, and we were both armed with maps and newspapers to try and kill the b*st*rds! Blood on the windscreen where-ever we got one!
We pulled up at Kanyio Pabidi, an ecolodge from where they organise chimp trekking. They told us it was probably a trek of 3 hours over very uneven ground and I did not feel I would be able for it. Apart from the fact that I was still afraid of the flies… I settled down with a book and a packet of biscuits and Padraig went looking for chimps! I was glad I did not go. It took 3 hours and it had not been easy going. There were loads of chimps, but unfortunately the pictures did not turn out well…
At the park gate the ranger told us that the tsetse flies in the park do not carry the sleeping sickness, so that put our minds at ease!
Masindi was not too far away and Padraig had read something about the Masindi Hotel, an old colonial hotel, where Katherine Hepburn stayed during the making of African Queen. We found it on the outskirts of Masindi and it turned out that they had a lovely campground as well at the back of the hotel. The showers were only magic! A power shower head, adjustable in height, and hot water!
When we went to the bar for a drink there was a display of traditional dancing and singing on the go. All very pleasant. We had a look at the menu and decided to have dinner in the restaurant as well. They even had high speed wifi! All extremely civilised! In the morning I had the most fabulous shower and finally washed all that dust right out of my hair!