Africa - Day 4 - Eldoret to Kampala, crossing the boarder

After a lovely hot shower and breakfast all we had in front of us was around an 8 hour drive to get to Kampala with the mid way point being the boarder crossing into Uganda. I wasn't much looking forward to a whole days drive but was pleasantly surprised by the spectacular sights. We passed by many villages in Kenya and the land was so green, I didn't know why really but I found this a huge surprise. Most of the land is used for farming, the houses are very simple, the cutest being the mud huts with straw roofs. The people are so friendly sat outside smiling as we drive past and the children have the most beautiful smiles and start shouting and waving. Each time we pass a village they are so colourful, the shops all have hand painted signs then there might be washing hung up to dry again a variety of colours. Along the way we passed a really small old looking sign saying we were crossing the equator. Later our guide told us tours used to stop there for a photo opportunity but one day guys with guns jumped out of the bushes so no more stopping at the equator! So far I have felt very safe on the trip and found the Kenyan people very friendly and always smiling. It is also much cleaner than our experience when we were on the trip in Egypt. When the street sellers try and sell their wares a simple no thank you works unlike in Egypt or Morocco where we felt constantly hassled. Ryan on our group has bought a variety of items already including a football shirt and scarf and I think there will be a few more purchases.
Crossing the boarder was pain free as we were told there might be huge queues but we were all stamped out and in quickly. Uganda didn't change much to start with, still the same happy smiles, luscious green land for miles and the same style villages. As we travelled further in the towns seemed to get larger and there were more variety in the roadside shops. This could just be the difference between the types of villages we had seen between the two countries. We then crossed over the Owen falls dam and could see Lake Victoria. Uganda exports power and this is where it is generated. Kampala is the capital city and was very different from Nairobi, a lot less built up but still very busy.
We arrived at camp and found a spot below some trees where tiny monkeys were swinging above us to set up.
After a lovely hot shower we discovered the camp had free WiFi (and hence the reason I have been able to post my musings online already for anyone who cares to read them). Once again tea was lovely, soup to start followed by spaghetti with mince. We were then introduced to Timothy t-shirt, he is a local who designs and prints hand made t-shirts so we chose a design and in a few days on our way back into Uganda we should have them delivered to camp. There is a lovely bar here so while I finish writing up today's events the boys play pool and drink the local beer, Nile classic.