Finally Gulu – Endlich Gulu

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We had planned to visit Gulu five years ago but back then, it had been a matter of time to decide either to visit Gulu or to climb Mount Elgon in the east. We have had some setbacks when it came to visiting Uganda’s unique nature reserves. Often, it was only possible to reach a national park at great expense and with the utmost effort, paying hundreds and hundreds of Dollars only for permits, entrance fees and the transport to the park. As a compensation, we had decided to not visit Gulu and climb Mount Elgon instead. Weiterlesen

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Nakapelimoru & the Karamojong – Nakapelimoru & die Karamojong

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100 kilometres north of Moroto lies Kotido, a small and either dusty or muddy town in the centre of the huge Karamoja plains. Undistinguishable Kotido is mainly interesting because of its proximity to Nakapelimoru, one of the largest traditional settlements in eastern Africa. Approximately 10.000 Karamojong are living in Nakapelimoru. The settlement consists of traditional kraals, concentric circular enclosures and corrals to protect their cattle as well as the thatched huts of the families. From above, those small circles glued together in bigger circles resemble foam, sticking together like bubbles and forming a huge geometric structure – a Manyatta. The innermost corral is always reserved for cattle. Weiterlesen

Kampala

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Kampala

e/d Return to Kampala – Rückkehr nach Kampala

Five years after our first visit to Uganda and its capital, we finally revisited Kampala in July – twice. Of course, it´s a characteristic African capital, which means that it has got a modern town centre as well as sheds, huts and slums as far as the eye can see – for probably close to two million inhabitants. But set on “seven hills” amidst a rolling landscape one can also instantly observe the ongoing battle for the souls and the lives of the Ugandan people while looking at Kampala. A battle, which failed to attract my attention back then, but therefor this time, it struck me right away! Weiterlesen

Uganda

d/e Das Scheitern in den Genen – Another one down the drain

2012 bereisten wir Uganda, von Winston Churchill als „Perle Afrikas“ bezeichnet, zum ersten Mal. Für mich persönlich ist es die erste Afrikareise gewesen, und Uganda hatten wir uns ausgesucht wegen Joseph Kony, der LRA (Lord´s Resistance Army) und der Idioten von „Invisible Children“. Deren Kampagne zur Ergreifung Joseph Konys, eines kranken Stück Viehs, das verantwortlich ist für Abartigkeiten, für die man alle Splatterfilm-Drehbuchautoren gemeinsam jahrelang in einen Raum sperren müsste, war gut gemeint. Aber wie so oft wurde auch in diesem Fall von den Gutmeinenden vergessen, das Ding zwischen ihren Ohren einzuschalten. Weiterlesen

Ambositra

Ambositra

Ambositra

Even if Ambositra (pronounced ambooshtre) might be no more than a halt in between for most Madagascar travellers, it´s definitely worth giving it a second glance. Ambositra is a small town halfway between Antsirabe (pronounced unzrabay) and Fianarantsoa (pronounced fyanarantsoo) on the RN7 from Tana down south, and it got charms set in the middle of central Madagascan highland in the country of Betsileo people. Life there is a tough one, especially in the cold southern winter, which is characterized by hard manual labour on the rice paddies, either making bricks or dressing the fields for planting. Weiterlesen