So, people are really liking the Burasi airstrip being opened and I have had 2 trips back there since we went in the first time. Dave Petersen went with me the first of those and, after we dropped some people off in Boga, we flew down the valley and landed at Burasi. The Chief met us and after we checked the strip after recent rains, we were asked if we would like to go down to the river and to the Chiefs house. Of course we agreed. There is a “ferry” across to the Uganda side of the river and we checked out the situation. For only $100 they will ferry your Land Cruiser across the river…There is no paper work to do. No passport control. What could go wrong with this? They are talking about making it a legitimate border crossing in the future.
We drove on to the Chief’s house, which looked great with a reed boma fence. As we stopped, Chief Albert jumped out of the car and went inside. When I arrived at the open door, he was sitting on his throne across the room with cow skins and leopard skins at his feet and a banner sign overhead that said, “Grand Chef Kituku II Albert Rutahaba Brhema Mitego” framed in tinsel. A grand title for a grand man. He was happy for us to take pix and afterwards dinner was on the table. Chicken, goat, French fries, rice, cabbage, plantain, and tea. It was very nice and we were made to feel quite special and that we had been with royalty.
We flew the chief and a couple others out via Boga to Nyankunde with the arrangement that I would fly them back home on Saturday.
It rained all morning Saturday and it was after 1:00p.m. when we were finally loaded up and on our way. It is a short flight but we went past a beautiful waterfall and an area of erosion that looks like a mini Grand Canyon. That is kind of incongruous, mini/grand, but you get the idea. After the rain the sky was crystal clear and as I circled the strip to see what effect the rain had on the surface I saw at least 5 huge crocodiles slither back into the water from the river bank. One of them was 10 feet of visible croc with the whole tail under water, so probably 14 feet at least. These guys were all big enough to take a human and they say that cattle are taken all the time. It is great to be around wildlife again.
I took my fishing rod but there wasn’t a lot of time. But I will have to be switched on to keep from getting eaten. I have something to look forward to!