The colourful life and times of Lady Mary Heath, Irish aviator, athlete and writer.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Cape Town to Goodwood Day 20: Kampala Uganda - and then?
Pic courtesy Boeing
Tracey and Spirit of Artemis are currently in Kampala, Uganda - and reckon they have 27 days left until they arrive in Goodwood.
Mary Heath made good progress at this point in her journey (despite admin problems) and why wouldn't she? Even then, the Sudan and rural Egypt were two countries to pass over swiftly. Both were broiling hot and very empty and a forced landing anywhere was not to be contemplated.
In the first instance, there was the infamous Sudd to pass over - the world's largest swamp, fed by the White Nile, that expands to the size of England in the rainy season. Politically, the area has never been stable and matters have hardly improved since South Sudan declared its independence in July 2011. It remains one of the world's poorest countries with the highest infant mortality and female illiteracy rates in the world as well as devastating intermittent famines and only half the population having access to water. Its current capital is Juba, which is also its busiest airport and this is where Tracey and the Spirit of Artemis is headed.
Lady Heath's route to Cairo-
Mar 5 -Abercorn (Mbala), Zambia
Mar 7 - Tabora,Tanzania
Mar 8 - Mwanza, Tanzania
Mar 14 - Nairobi, Kenya
Mar 22 - Jinja, Uganda, via Kisumu, Kenya
Mar 28 - Mongalla, South Sudan
Mar 30 - Kosti, the Sudan via Malakal, South Sudan
Mar 31 - Khartoum, Sudan
Apr 2 - Atbara, Sudan
Apr 3 - Wadi Halfa, Sudan
Apr 4 - Cairo, Egypt