After our weeklong radio silence, it’s time we get back into writing. We just returned back from a trip through western Uganda, mostly for work but also for a little play. We had a hard time with internet, so excuse us as our many stories from the week trickle onto the blog, probably in no real order.

Stop one on our trip was to Kakuuto, just a dozen kilometers away from the southern border with Tanzania. Kakuuto is the home of Ostrich Eco-Tours, a small ecotourism outfit that has been a part of the newly formed Uganda Federation for Alternative Trade since the beginning.

Ostrich Eco-Tours is the only place in Uganda which has ostriches – 9 of them, in fact – and in addition to visiting with a peacock, horses, guinea fowl, etc.,  you can ride the ostriches if you are so inclined.

Obviously, this was the chance of a lifetime for me, and for a mere 15,000 Uganda Shillings ($8), I went for a ride.

fun!

fun!

Jon decided to take a ride as well…

holding on tight...

holding on tight...

Apart from running the eco-tourism center, the project makes crafts and sells them onsite. In addition to some of the more basic Ugandan crafts, like barkcloth items and woven mats, they make Ostrich-related products, such as feather dusters made from ostrich feathers and painted ostrich eggs. Unique stuff, and admittedly a little strange, but we did buy a feather duster in the end!

After ostriches, we took shared taxi cars back to Masaka. During this 70 km trip, we were crammed into the car with the most people I’ve ever seen in a little sedan… ELEVEN total. On one occasion, there was the driver sitting on someone’s lap in the driver’s seat, me, a mother and her two children in the passenger’s seat, and 6 people in the back seat. The second time it happened on this journey, it was Jon and I in the passenger’s seat, the driver on someone’s lap in the driver’s seat and SEVEN PEOPLE (!) in the back. Unbelievable… and lucky to be alive. 🙂

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