Today we visited the capital city Kampala on our second day trip. The journey was quicker today and we were lucky to avoid the notorious Kampala traffic as it was Sunday morning.
We visited a sacred site to the Bugandan population, where the Kings of their kingdom are all buried here and their descendants continue to live in the community, some in traditional round straw-roofed houses. The oldest palace was destroyed by fire and they are continuing to restore it. The graveyard is non-denominational and graves are marked with religious symbols from both sides of their family (if they have both Christian and Muslim parents, for example).
In central Kampala we exchanged our pounds and dollars for Ugandan Shillings (cue the trip treasurer getting very confused working out the exchange rates depending on small or large bills and figuring out the different value notes and coins!). Everyone was excited to visit a shopping mall so that we could stock up on snacks from Shoprite - some girls decided that familiar chocolate brands were too tempting despite them being 4x the price back home! Doughnuts were a popular choice at 1000UGX (22p).
We pre-ordered our lunch to guarantee that 17 meals would be ready at roughly the same time 😬. We were shown around the Uganda Museum in a cool modernist building and the girls had the opportunity to refine their drumming skills in the ethnography section. We then explored the Idi Amin photography exhibition which showcased some of the 1000s of unseen photos and footage from 1971-9; it was a fascinating insight into life during his time in power.
Lunch was in a nice restaurant that was hosting a baby shower and had R'n’B blaring - we enjoyed a singalong whilst having our burger and chips. We were happy to get back early, ready to pack for our drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park in the morning.
Lauren, Girlguiding LaSERIO Uganda leader