Masai Mara Safari

Masai Mara Safari

Masai Mara While I was in Nairobi, I had the opportunity to go on a safari to the Masai Mara.  The Masai Mara is connected to the Serengeti and is the side of the park that lies within Kenya’s borders.  The animals are able to move freely throughout the two parks.  As I had such a good experience in the Serengeti, and had heard good things about the Mara, I elected to do a 3 day trip to there. It took us about 6 hours to get there from Nairobi,…

Sipi Falls and Nairobi

Sipi Falls and Nairobi

Sipi Falls While not originally in my plans, I had heard only good things about Sipi Falls, a set of 3 waterfalls located in the rural mountains of Uganda, only a few hours away from Jinja.  I decided to head there next. It turned out to be a little more complex to get there than I had originally anticipated, and I had to switch dala-dalas four times until I finally reached the town of Sipi, a population of only a few thousand.  After spending some time recently in bustling cities…

Pope Francis in Uganda and Rafting the Nile

Pope Francis in Uganda and Rafting the Nile

Pope Francis in Uganda While we were travelling through Rwanda, we realized we had the opportunity to see Pope Francis, as he would be coming to Kenya and Uganda in the coming days.   As luck would have it, we had planned to be in Kampala during the same time period, and only had to take an overnight bus from western Uganda to ensure that we arrived in time.  The only event which would be open to the general public would be the mass on Saturday morning at 9:30. We…

Spending Thanksgiving with the Gorillas- Gorilla trekking in Uganda

Spending Thanksgiving with the Gorillas- Gorilla trekking in Uganda

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda My time volunteering in Arusha came to a close right before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.  After a day back in Arusha to gather my things and rest a bit, it was time to begin the next leg of my journey-travelling through Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, and back to Tanzania to the island of Zanzibar.  I was lucky enough to be travelling with 2 other volunteers, Nacho and Laura from Chile.  Their volunteering stint ended with mine, and they had a similar route in mind, with gorilla trekking in…

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

     Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro had been a goal of mine for the past few years, and one of my main reasons for deciding to base the beginning of my travels in Tanzania.  The company I chose to climb with, Impatiens Tours, had been utilized by several other volunteers in the past, all of whom had glowing reviews.  I also had 3 companions with me on the climb: Lindsay (California), and Dylan and Murphy, both from Australia.  All of us were in our 20’s and relatively in good shape, so…