The ride down to Jinja was a lot more fun taking the more scenic and rural route , that Parky recommended , a little longer but one passes through beautiful tea plantations , village markets and lush greenery . I was feeling a little off colour when I woke up after a fairly interrupted sleep so I decided to pop into the clinic to do a malaria test or see a doctor , the queue was a three hour wait so I bought a self help kit and did the test myself which was thankfully negative . Then I met up with Parky , who offered to escort me out of the city to the back road down to Jinja , which I never would have found solo.
I rode at a leisurely pace having time on my side to arrive at my destination a place called The Haven , right on the banks of the river Nile with views that make you want to stare a gasp until sunset . Riaan had highly recommended it and I can see and feel why . Just heavenly , beautiful , tranquil and what I would experience fantastic staff and food.
From the second you arrive you are made to feel so welcome , the staff are an absolute delight and nothing is to much. I was not feeling up to pitching my tent , I was feeling feverish, tired and fatigued and just felt like sleeping , one of the staff members noticed that I was not looking to good and offered me one of the rooms at a hugely discounted rate so that I could sleep in comfort . I had a quick lunch jumped into bed . While lying in bed one hears the rapids in the distance and the call of the fish eagle echoes all around which makes sleep come fast and deep . After a great nap it was down to dinner sitting under the night sky surrounded by the delicate light of lanterns and stars I watched as the fireflies came out to dance and court in the night sky , just unbelievable this Africa of ours .
I was woken to the gentle sound of the fish eagle and the rapids that stirred me from slumber , feeling a whole lot better for a great nights sleep.
I packed up and headed for breakfast that was more than a surprise , fresh fruit , fluffy omelette filled with a little of Spain and cheese , cold meats , fresh baguette , chilled just squeezed from the pineapple juice and the piece de resistance pancakes filled with nutella , I think I will stay for a week , a month , a year.
This must rate as my breakfast of the trip with all the right ingredients , very hard to beat the view and food. I will spend the rest of the day gazing out at the Nile and hopefully all things being equal will ride the rapids tomorrow.
Until we meet again.