Thursday, 6 September 2012

Last minute things

I printed off all the e-mails from places we have booked.  Printed google maps to help locate all the places we have booked! 

Printed a map on how to get to the Nakumatt supermarket in Kampala, to ensure supplies are bought.

Packed our stuff - you should see the drug cabinet - we could open a little pharmacy.

ThunderstormsChecked the weather forecast - bugger - looks like wet and wild.  Why does the wet seem 
to follow me around?  I once spent 4 months in New Zealand and it rained 74 days.  I went to Namibia and it rained for the first time in 18 months as I got off the plane.  I even travelled in the Atacama desert and it rained there - officially the driest place on earth - the bus driver didn't know how to operate the windscreen wipers as he hadn't driven in the rain before.

Rain falling in the pool in the Atacama

I seriously hope the roads are going to be ok.  And that we don't have to camp in the mud.

Checked in on line, so boarding passes are printed.

Taxi arrives at 3.45am.  Oh my, oh my.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Nearly time to go

Less than a week to go - still haven't had a reply from the Ugandan high commission regarding crossing the border at Kagitumba.

Luckily however the people at Mihingo lodge have said we will be able to get across there and also be able to buy our visa as well.  However I have been told that we might be able to buy multi entry visas at Entebbe when we arrive - just hope we won't be too tired to remember to ask for them.

Car hire company will deliver our car to us around 9.00 am on Saturday morning, can't wait to see the old battered jeep they've arranged for us.

Last minute preparations include getting a first aid kit from a medic friend - including sutures, syringes, pick line(?) dressings etc.  Fingers crossed.

Charging batteries - spare batteries bought from ebay didn't arrive, paypal dispute going on to try to get the money back.  Lesson learned - don't buy batteries from Singapore and expect them to deliver within 2 months of purchase.  So we are going to have to cope with only one battery for camera and video.

Trial pack went well - managed to get all camping equipment into one large suitcase at 22.1 kg.  KLM baggage allowance is very generous - 4 bags at a max of 23kg each.  So loads of space left over - Karen may actually be able to take the 23 pairs of knickers she wants.

Questions remaining unanswered  - can you buy peanut butter in Uganda/Rwanda?