Day two of our Safari at Murchison Falls took us on a Game Drive. We were up early but quickly had to change plans as the rains of the night before had flooded the road into the Park
This meant a 40km detour, past road side Ugandan Villages – these traditional villages were once refugee camps for people displaced by the LRA, in there war against the Ugandan government in the ’90s.
On entering the park we saw antelope of various kinds (Hartebeest, Bushbuck, Kob), Giraffes, Elephants, Buffalos, Warthogs and various birdlife – as the phone ran out of battery again here are a few (more on the camera)
Then after a delay we boarded a boat which sailed up the Nile towards the bottom of the falls. Here we saw numerous hippos and a few crocs, lots more birds and a few elephants.
The gentle cruise on the Nile took us up to the base of the Falls and back. It was a chilled three hours.
A short game drive then took us back to the park exit (it’s flood waters having reduced) and back to our campsite.
today we returned to the nNile for the third day running. This time though we were a lot further North in a place called Murchison Falls. Here the River Nile rushes through a gap only a few metres wide with awesome power. If we though yesterday Rapids were wild this is on a completely different scale. No iPhone pics again as mine ran out of juice, but Anita took one pic on hers do here it is.
We stayed for many minutes before continuing our journey through the game park. Here along the Nile we encountered a variety of beasts, giraffe, buffalo, elephants, lions hartebeest, cob, bushbuck, ground hornbills, warthogs sand many more pics of some will come soon. The highlight of the game drive had to be a mother lioness and cubs hiding in a bush.
If you had said Nile to me before I would have thought Egypt, but now Uganda has an equal claim in my mind.
Day two of our trip to Rubondo started early as I woke in search of a good sunrise. The weather was a little cloudy with a distant storm across the lake and the sound of hippos in the bay.
One disappointment was the lack of birdlife – having been told Rubondo was a haven for birds we had seen few.
The day ahead was to consist of a morning walking safari followed by an afternoon boat safari. As Anita was a little under the weather she stayed behind, two of our part had gone fishing leaving 10 to head out into the jungle. In truth we saw little in the first hour or two, though the scenery was pleasant an there were plenty of butterflies and beetles. After a a couple of hours we reached a lookout with some great views over the lake and a nearby lagoon We stopped for rest and then proceeded down to the coast.as we travelled we were near deafened by the sound of cicadas chirping in the trees. We them emerged at the shoreline. Here was another lookout tower which gave a much closer look at the self-same lagoon we had seen earlier. Here open billed storks, egrets, ibis and other water birds gathered. Then in the lake we spotted them – crocodiles. Moving cautiously to get a closer look at the still distant reptiles we came to marshy ground. We watched for several minutes as one of the crocs hauled itself onto land and gaped. It was an enormous beast even from a distance.
As we turned to leave, we saw another creature feeding behind us in the long grass, a hippo. The round beast fed forces while and then spotted us between it and the water. We moved a little to one side and took some snaps , one amazing picture of the hippo looking straight ahead with a running bushbuck behind. The hippo turned back into the trees!
Our journey back to camp took us past an area of burned out boats (poacher boats which had been confiscated and then purposely damaged, their occupants presumably arrested and sent to court).
Returning to out base we discovered to put disappointment that the boat safari was cancelled due to rough water. A change of plan meant a relaxed afternoon and a decision to do a Game Drive in our last day.
After the hippos of the night before tonight we spotted the reflecting eyes of crocs in the bay. West by the fire and watched as one approached and from a distance came shore enticed by a fish head.
The crocodile at close quarters was awesome. It was still enough to get some good low exposure pics, but stealhily every 10 miins or so as torch light moved elsewhere it approached. Eventually fearing it was getting too close the reptile was warded off by fire and slunk back into the water.
Another early night for all as the Game Drive wass to be at the start of our last day