24.02.2017 - 26.02.2017 28 °C
We were awoken by thunder, lightning and torrential rain. I have never seen anything like it, but according to the Red Cilli staff this was only a little rain at the start of the rainy season... When it finally stopped after an hour or so, we had had our breakfast in the van. Since we had only 100km to travel that day, we were not in any hurry. Just as well. We had left in some washing the day before (sorry madam, we do not wash underpants), and that was still wet. So we decided to go for a walk into the nearby village. Up the hill, past another UN facility (this time research laboratories, dealing with tb and decease control), past a big hospital and then all the usual roadside traders. From the road there were lovely views over Lake Victoria and the surrounding countryside. After returning to Red Chilli we had a bit of lunch, and collected our still damp washing. We can certainly recommend Red Chilli. It has accommodation in dorms, in rooms and a campsite. Definitely the best equipped hostel I have ever seen! They are looking for managers, so I applied for the job!
The 100km to Jinja took us over 3 hours. Yes, traffic again! But through some beautiful, lush countryside. We see on television that there is a drought on, and that people are dying, but we have seen no evidence of that... The last 7km to The Haven was another dirt road, lined with huts and waving children, and banana trees. After some initial confusion, we got allocated a lovely camping spot overlooking g the Nile, hung up our washing, had a cold drink and ordered dinner!