It had been raining for 3 weeks solid in SA before we got there, but nothing but blue sky and hot weather while we were there. Uganda was cooler, with some rain each day, but blistering hot when the sun was out.
South Africa Highlights:
Tala Game Park
Hiking in Krantz Kloof gorge
Baroque 2000 concert in Mariannhill
Tathum Art Gallery in PeitrMaritzburg
Botanical Gardens in Durban
Boat tour on Lake Victoria at Jinja, Source of the Nile
National Theatre Craft Markets, downtown Kampala
Dinner @ Munyonyo Resort, Kampala
Dinner @ Ggaba Beach - the best talapia on the planet, fresh from Lake Victoria
Breakfasts at Quality Cuts, Kampala
In Durban we rented a car. Roads are very good and it was easy to get from A to B. In Uganda, we had a driver. The roads and travel are beyond description. Our driver was an expert and managed "The Jam" - the daily chaos that assails the streets of Kampala, so incredibly well. We took numerous back roads and alleys in Kampala during the visit.
The difference between the two countries is striking. As the brother of my Ugandan host stated over lunch one day: "If you had only visited South Africa, you would not really have seen Africa".
South Africa: ANC under Zuma // 15 Assassinations in Durban within ANC ranks in last two years
Uganda: Poisoning death of Cerenah Nebanda, 24 year old outspoken female MP
South Africa: Escalation of Rhino Poaching, over 650 massacres in 2012
Uganda: Population density (Uganda has thirty-three times the population of Saskatchewan in one-third of the space)
In Between: Durban-Joburg-Entebbe