The wonderful thing about travel is the unexpected, and one sure way to find the unexpected is to travel independently. Just recently we did a self-drive trip through the gorgeous African country of Uganda, and boy did we have a lot of surprises.
Before we went, we were told not to bring blue clothes, because the notorious tse tse fly, of sleep sickness infamy, is attracted to that color. It was hard. Try to eliminate all blue from your wardrobe, I dare you! But we did it. Nobody wants their safari in Uganda spoiled by insects. Then our first surprise, a blue rental car. I did think about it, but I figured, oh well. Let’s see what happens.
Safari in Uganda
Soon we were gawking and squeaking and having the time of our lives as we saw warthogs and zebras and antelope, oh my! When whoop, zoop, arghhhhh, I slap my thigh when I feel this gnawing sensation and look down to see the biggest, ugliest fly of my life chewing away happily on my leg.
Panic ensues. Jim is just as panicked as I am. Yes, we are afraid. There are hundreds of the mean creatures swarming the car. We certainly don’t want the tse tse flies inside! We hurriedly roll up the windows. We’re screaming at each other.
Jim has stopped the car. It is hot. The flies have gone, and now our next question is do we dare open the windows again? Will we be attacked again? Should we risk it? Well, we did. You can’t take the best photographs through closed windows!
In fact, we were attacked by tse tse flies three more times. However, we aren’t sure, but we think we were never bit, and in the meantime we discovered one important fact. The flies, whether they were attracted by the color or the wind tunnel effect of the moving car, loved flying – in huge scary swarms – along the track with us. Then as soon as we stopped, they would leave and we could roll down the windows for more amazing safari shots. Of course, none of the aforementioned tse tse fly attacks were caught on camera. But we did get most of the charging hippo that scared us half to death (expletives deleted).
Tse tse flies were just one of the things that made our Uganda trip exciting, and driving ourselves just let us discover so much more. We’ve made a video of our trip, so please enjoy “Through Our Windshield – Safari in Uganda”.
What do you think of our driving trip to Uganda? Would you do it?
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