Saturday 21st July.
Wow one week gone already!!
Today was our ‘trip day’, Linda took the opportunity to visit the Equator and the rest of us travelled to the source of the River Nile. The Nile is situated in a national park and as we walked through we took a boat trip to the source of the river. What we all expected was to sail down this massive river to a small stream, however this was not the case. The source of the Nile flows out of Lake Victoria, as a lake it has small currents, however there are powerful and large currents within the river. So the area where they 2 different types of currents meet is the source of the River Nile. Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa and spreads throughout neighbouring countries. The boat ride was very relaxing and was thoroughly enjoyed by all, our guide also pointed out all of the different animals around the Nile some of which we wouldn’t like to touch!! We then tried to bargain our way through buying some souvenirs within the park, which is easier said than done and especially when there is so much to choose from.
We took a pit stop in Jinja to allow the ‘elders’ in Daudi’s words (John, Sarah, Ian and Emma) to buy some more coffee as they were falling asleep! The rest of us shopped till we dropped and then headed back to Kitega.
Some of the group visited the local prison in Lugazi and it wasn’t what we expected. When we arrived, the prisoners (around 200) were grouped together on the grass singing and praising. They gave us a great welcome as we introduced ourselves and enthusiastically listened to Ian’s message and John’s verses from scripture. Amazingly we finished the short session with the prisoners praying for us! We had a chat with the superintendent and our girls prayed for the females inmates who were sitting off to one side. It was all a very emotional but uplifting experience.
Linda travelled to the Ugandan equator, she could stand in the southern and northern hemisphere at the same time. She also walked along the equator line and saw that on the northern hemisphere water turns clockwise, the southern turns anti-clockwise and then on the equator line the water goes straight down. She has been registered as standing on the equator and has a certificate to prove it! She thoroughly enjoyed it.