In Uganda, where there are gorillas to trek and safaris to drive, volcanos to hike and waterfalls to explore, it’s hard to foster an appreciation for the little things nearby. I’m still yet to visit most of the main attractions in Kampala. Nearby Entebbe used to hold a similar disinterest, the small town you pass through on the way to and from the airport never exactly screamed adventure. In August, though, I finally convinced myself to try it out, and I’m actually quite thrilled that I did.
The hands-down highlight for me were the Entebbe Botanical Gardens. Though loud and sun-washed in the afternoon, when I arrived with the morning fog, there was an air of magic about them. I’m kicking myself for forgetting a telephoto lens, because monkeys and interesting birds were everywhere. No one was around to disturb my thoughts or wanderings, and the staff politely acknowledged my request to be left alone and not offered tours. Some day, I’d like to learn more about the strange trees and plants I saw there, but at that moment, walking through the misty greenery was quite enough.