As mentioned before, we stayed in bandas in the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC).
We each had our own beds with mosquito nets. Although the malaria transmission in Kampala/Entebbe is fairly low, it still exists. Malaria prophylaxis and mosquito nets are highly recommended:
My friends said the calls of the chimpanzees kept waking them up, but since I’m a deep sleeper, I slept like a baby. Apparently there were other animal calls throughout the night… the perks of staying at a zoo? Ha.
Since our accommodation price included admission to the zoo, we decided to wake up somewhat early and look around. We ate at the zoo’s restaurant overlooking Lake Victoria where the clouds looked gorgeous but quickly turned ominous. Thankfully, the rain held back until we were headed back to Kampala that afternoon.
And now, for the 400 pictures of cute animals narrowed down to 15:
Poachers reduced the Northern White Rhinoceros population from 500 to 15 in the 1970s and 1980s. As of 2006, there were only four northern white rhinos left in the wild, but have not been seen since. “Sherino and Kabira, two rare Northern white rhinos, were imported from neighbouring Kenya in 2003. Uganda’s last white rhino was hunted and killed in 1983. Environment officials hope that Sherino, male, and Kabira, female, will mate and produce offspring when they are older which can be introduced into the wild.”
There are six chimps living in the UWEC. Some are battling depression and contraceptive issues. The story of Sarah (and a few others) can be read here.
And of course, wherever we walked we saw A LOT of these ugly guys:
It was a fun weekend to Entebbe, despite the second mugging. I think I’ll be going white-water rafting at the source of the Nile next weekend 🙂