Our time in the villages came to an end on Thursday. We made one quick visit to Kainagoga - just to be with some kids one last time before we made the journey to Kampala. We delivered t-shirts to the staff at the school; it was a new way to hand things out - we laid all the shirts out on desks in the main hall and let the teachers come in and "shop". They loved it and SO much less stress on the team!
We played a few games, blew some bubbles, passed out sweeties one last time and then rode our bus back to Jinja. It was time to shop! Friends and family - a LOT of thought has gone into the small gifts being brought home to you. I can vouch for the shoppers! It truly is always a fun time and most items got checked off the list.
We met Mark and Megan Manley, the LCMS missionaries to Uganda, at The Deli for a quick lunch. It's a newer restaurant and serves mostly sandwiches and paninis - something Ugandans aren't terribly familiar with. Violet is not a big sandwich fan - too much bread, she says.
The 2-hour drive to Kampala was fairly uneventful. We hit a bit of a "jam" on the outskirts of Kapala, but nothing too bad. We checked into the Hotel Africana and had some time to rest before we went to the Rock Garden for dinner. It's a really nice restaurant and we had a great evening sitting under the huge umbrellas.
On Friday morning, we left promptly at 7:45 (way to go, team!) heading to Murchison Falls National Park. We arrived at the ferry almost exactly 6 hours later. It's a long drive, but the roads inside the national park were much better than ever before. We crossed the river and went straight to lunch at Paraa Safari Lodge. Afterwards we checked in, and at 4:00, we were ready for our evening game drive. The pictures tell the story! We had another game drive this morning and now have some time to relax before the 2:00 boat ride. All are feeling blessed to be able to share this new view of God's creation with the team.
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