04-Aug-2018 -- Within a week, this was our second confluence, but this time a primary one! We were going on a tour to Kidepo National Park, and between Lira and Kitgum we would be passing the Confluence at a short distance. So, I asked our guide James of Northern Nature Safari if he was in for an adventure. And he definitely was!
So after a 2-hour drive (80 km) from Lira heading north, just after the village of Pajule we turned right. A smaller road that we followed for about 6 km, looking for the road on the right-hand side. Luckily it was dry, because after a good rain shower this road would be difficult to go without 4WD. We saw a small road going to the right, which we took and that was a mistake. The road got narrower and narrower, passing small typical African houses until we decided to stop and go walking. According to the GPS, it would be around 2 km, but unfortunately, the small path led us further from the point, while we kept walking hoping for a left turn. At a certain point we asked the locals for directions, and the youngsters joined us in the hunt. We walked over small footpaths, through tall grass, through agricultural fields, guided by the GPS and locals. We crossed a bigger road which was the road we should have taken by car to get much closer to the Confluence (within a kilometer distance), but finally we got there. It was in an agricultural field, now full of cassava and groundnuts. Other important crops in the area are maize and simsim for self consumption, and cotton as a cash crop.
The way back was far easier as we could first go over agricultural plots and then take a direct footpath to the houses, the local guys knew the way. I want to thank my family (it’s also Kamiel’s 4th confluence in his young life), our neighbour Birgit, guide James, the 4 local guys and the local land owners for this remarkable hike. Although it was noon and hot, we were all satisfied and after tipping the locals we headed our way to the Kidepo NP to see lions, giraffes, zebras, elephants, and other wildlife.