After reading very bad reviews about the Simba Coach Company, we decided to book our tickets for Kampala at the Modern Coast
That was a good decision!
The bus was on time and we had our reserved seats with USB-plugs and there were even more seats than passengers.
We had chosen a night bus to not waste any time and it got quite cold in certain parts of Kenya, before we reached Kampala at approximately 10 o’clock in the morning.
Our first impression of the city was a good one, there were big and modern looking buildings and despite being a capitol city, Kampala was much calmer than Nairobi.
However, we had to bargain a lot until a taxi driver gave us a price with which we were able to live. Since Uganda is one of the top tourist destinations at the moment, the locals are used to foreigners paying more than what’s normal.
We were driven to the Backpacker’s Hostel
, which we had chosen because it has its own booking office for gorilla-tracking.
We then booked one night in a dorm to save money, but that seemed quite pointless after booking a gorilla-package at the booking office. We had known that gorilla-tracking is very expensive and something that you normally do once in a lifetime, but we ended up paying almost twice as much as we had anticipated.
Even with rainy-season discount, whatsoever.
Our package included being driven from Kampala to the Bwindi Impenetrable National park by a personal driver, two nights in the park and all meals and drinks.
It would have been possible to take local transportation and go to the park by ourselves, but since we only had one week in Uganda and also Nici was tired of travelling, that would have been a bit daring and we chose the easier but more expensive way.
Khalif, our driver, picked us up at 8 o’clock the next morning (after a free breakfast in the hostel) and told us Uganda’s history while driving through the country for 11 hours.
We enjoyed the ride very much, because Khalif had even brought pillows and we were able to lean back, listen to music and watch animals in one of the game reserves we drove through.
We also stopped at the equator to take some pictures.