“Uganda 🇺🇬 ~First Day of our 8-Day Safari”

Our first stop of the day is about 1.5 hours from Kampala

Here we are at the Equator! It’s feeling very real!

We have many more road hours to travel, to get to the heart of Safari-lands. We will see four major National Parks during this Safari, and will be quite busy everyday doing activities.

“Uganda 🇺🇬 ~The Source of The Nile River in Jinja”

It was a long, slow drive from Kampala; the capital city of Uganda 🇺🇬, with all the extra holiday traffic on the road, to get to Lake Victoria. But, we were determined to get to Jinja; the city of Lake Victoria and see for ourselves, exactly where the Nile River begins.

Also, at the boat dock area is a memorial statue of Gandhi, representing the fact that part of his ashes were sprinkled at the source of the Nile, in Lake Victoria.  Since we have been to New Delhi, India 🇮🇳, where Gandhi’s final resting place and cremation site is located, we thought it was quite special to see where else he was celebrated with his remains.

Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Uganda, and its shores are shared with Kenya, and Tanzania. We enjoyed a boat ride for about one hour around the lake.  We had sunny weather, and no crowds.  We saw plenty of birds, and a few Monitor Lizards.  We did not see any Monkeys on this trip, but they do live around the lake.

Our focus, of course, was seeing where the longest river in the world bubbles up from the ground into Lake Victoria, and we did!

The River Nile is well known to be the longest river in the world.
Where did the name Nile come from?  It’s a famous Greek word, simply meaning, “valley.” 

The river starts from the Northeastern part of Africa. It flows from the surrounding areas close to the equator to the outrageous Safari desert and up to the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The river is about 4,161 miles long, and pours its water through over nine countries; although it’s more central to Uganda, as well as Egypt.