This past weekend we packed up the car with borrowed tents and headed west along the Masaka highway to Lake Nabugabo. Lake Nabugabo is a small finger of Lake Victoria that separated a few thousand years ago by a convenient sandbar. It has the very distinct advantage of being one of the two Ugandan lakes free of the dreaded bilharzia (if you remember from our trip to Hairy Lemon Island on the Nile, bilharzia is a particularly nasty little parasite carried by snails that crawls into the skin and makes you very sick).
We joined 7 other families for two nights of camping at Lake Nabugabo Holiday Centre, a church-run camp with basic bandas, toilets, and a large grassy area to pitch as many tents as we could cram in. There was even a small flock of resident turkeys, you can see the big male below. He spent the three days we were there in a constant state of puffed-up machismo attempting to seduce his lady friends and we just couldn’t resist capturing a photo.
34 people including 17 children – our kids were in heaven. They jumped out of the car on Friday afternoon, threw on bathing suits and we saw them again on Sunday morning, tired and filthy. There was swimming and eating and cornhole and frisbee and ball throwing and lots of Estonian card playing!
Aside: Cornhole is a game like horseshoes where you have to throw a beanbag filled with corn at a small hole in a board. Deceptively difficult, especially with a beer in one hand.