Country number: 61
Territory number: 67
When? July 2002, East Africa Tour, first leg, with a side trip to Jinja, Uganda
Who? Group tour
‘When the missionaries came to Africa, they had the Bible and we had the land. They taught us to pray with our eyes closed. When we opened them, we had the Bible in our hand, and they had the land.’
I am on a tour of the African bush, on an overland truck. This trip is led by a husband and wife team, Caz and Jim. They do all the main jobs between them, driver, chef, quartermaster. This is their last trip and they’ve got very good at delegating. They also seem to have given up caring. We are their nine noisy children who are they pack into the back of their truck under sufferance.
I’m covered in red dust, as is everything I own. My diet has consisted of fruit and boiled eggs with the odd lump of cheese thrown in when I’ve been really good. Occasionally, if the budget will allow, we are fed warthog chops or zebra steaks to keep us going. I have a green ridge tent I share with Alsion -it’s not very easy to pitch. The ground is hard and I have to help with the washing up and sweeping.The reward for all my tribulations – lots of lovely wildlife.
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