Before you go ahead to read this, first take a moment to perhaps congratulate me on finally taking the step to start this blogging journey (Yeeyyy!!). I have had this dangerous postponing habit and I’m glad I finally sat down and bore this. (I’ve had this idea for about a million years now) and I must say I found some inspiration from some really amazing East African blogs on here ; Fay‘s, Karen‘s, Kwynn‘s, Wendy‘s, Sandra‘s and many more. Let’s get into it.
Samuka has always been one of the destinations on my bucket list for quite some time but I hadn’t gotten a proper chance to take on the adventure. A few opportunities have presented themselves but I was kind of tied up with other things, this particular time I was up for it and the fact that I had met most of the guys on this adventure made things quite more comfortable(I’d still take up a trip with strangers ☺️)
So a friend at Adventure Network contacted me about this plan and he asked me if I’d be one of the 4 photographers he’d have on his boat to the island to which I agreed. Henry, Dipak and Joel completed the quadruple.
We had two groups of travellers, one was setting off from Kampala and another was already in Jinja. The Kampala people set off from Spear Motors stage in Nakawa abs in about a couple of hours, we were in “stone city”. We met up at Brisk Hotel, Jinja briefly as we waited to proceed to the docking area. Before our boat arrived, the photographers got a little busier with a low key photo shoot by the river side.
It wasn’t long and our boat was readied, we hoped in and in about 30 minutes we were at the Source of the Nile (that was my first time there).From the Source of the Nile, it was another hour on the world’s longest river to our coveted destination, Samuka Island.
What welcomes you here is the moderately sized sign board with “Samuka Island” together with prices of swimming and entrance ; birds chirping and tweeting, sounds of water hitting the wet stationary rocks plus wind blowing over the tress, perfect to set the mood for an epic getaway as you can watch in my highlight video.
We there after had a small games interlude and a tour of the island with our day’s guide, Rosette. Someone on the traveling team was making an extra year and the celebrations were marked with cake cutting, she must have had a truly memorable one.
Pictures continued by the riverside with everyone putting out their best poses as though there was a prize involved, but this wasn’t a challenge because the army of photographers was equally ready for battle. Those who opted for swimming had to part with an extra 10, 000 to access the island pool.
It was close to a perfect getaway had it not been the disappointment of the clouds covering up the sun at the golden hour robbing all of us of the opportunity to capture those legendary Samuka sunsets and silhouettes, something we all looked forward to. For that case, I promised myself to return just to fill in the missing piece in my Samuka puzzle.
Until next time, Ciao!