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Day 37, Kampala

As expected, a very lazy morning in our rooms. We packed up and wandered town for a good greasy breakfast, encountering the city square and nice part of the city that could have been mistaken for any capital city. Settled for cheap fish and chips in small café. Spent some USh before getting our gear and awaiting our bus departure. It was only 30 mins late leaving but relatively roomy and comfy, up near the front. Trip started well with village and scenic views, time passed by reading. Border crossing was simple, yet slow getting back on the road. Unfortunately, couldn't sleep due to noise, bumps and a chilling breeze through an ajar window.

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Day 36, Myewa - Kampala

Left the Scots behind and departed early for our game drive. Disappointing views in the cramped jeep - hyenas provided only excitement, no lions! More uncomfortable travelling matutas before reaching Kampala - 2.30 pm. Read, ate banana sandwiches and wriggled in the hard seat. Got propositioned in a seedy toilet in Mbarara again - this time provoking a "Fuck off, faggot", reaction. Nice to reach the capital and relax. Changed more money and had some whiskeys before attempted to find ex-pats "Just Kicking" bar. Finally got directions from "Slow Boat" bar. Excellent night in sports bar or dancing in sandy garden bar area. Happy New Year.

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Day 35, Queen Elizabeth National Park (Myewa)

Spoilt ourselves with an all-you-can-eat breakfast at the lodge for $6. Got our money's worth. Discussed plans and decided to stay for a game drive tomorrow. Lots of organising to do. Relaxed at our lodge or the local canteen, did some exercise and showered. Sat in the sun and yacked at the canteen overlooking serene channel views before committing ourselves to the $20 launch cruise - Marty decided against it. Saw lots of birds and hippos, buffalo and some crocodiles during the two hour excursion. Changed more money, devoured beef and matoke at the canteen over a couple of beers.

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Day 34, Queen Elizabeth National Park (Myewa)

An early rise for a game drive, which involved two circuits led by our guide, Jane. The game was sparse and irregular but it was an exciting trip spotting different varieties. We saw topi, kob, elephants, one leopard, warthog, buffalo and hippos. Did a lunch time walk but saw little, except two sparring hippos in the river. Drove the bumpy road north - spotting swamp hippos, a disappearing elephant, baboons, lizards, and after crossing Kazinga Channel, lots more elephants. Arrived at student camp in Myewa during a deluge of rain. Went to nearby canteen for beers and big fish meal (eventually). Setting over Lake Edward and the channel was beautiful.

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Day 33, Buhoma - Ishasha

Fortunately, Kirky got away on the trek to H group. So we began to formulate our plans over a long breakfast down the road - omelette, chapatti, banana. We changed our plans from Ssese Islands to Queen Elizabeth National Park after Cathy got a tour quote. Cooch and Marty did the walk to Congo. We waited around for our driver before heading off about 5.30 pm. It was a nice evening drive up Congo border through tea, coffee, banana plantations, villages. Our group of ten (including Scot girls) ate at a seedy village restaurant before driving into the park and organising our lodges.

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