The safari - part 2
Trip Start Jun 09, 2011
26Trip End Aug 30, 2011
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On the 17th we got up really early and did a game drive before breakfast. It was great. We saw lots of elephants, buffaloes and kobs again. But we also saw other antelopes (water buck's) and hyenas, and one lion. After breakfast and lunch at the lodge we went for a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and on the way there we passed more elephants and wart hogs. On the cruise we saw lots and lots and lots of hippos, elephants, buffaloes, crocodiles, eagles and antelopes. It was pretty amazing! But then in the afternoon one of the highlights of the trip occurred. Our guide got a phone call from another guide that there was something spectacular to see in the national park game drive area. So we set off at high speed hoping it would be a leopard as that was the only one of the big five that we could see, but had not yet seen. (The rhino is not present in the national park we went to so we could only see four out of the big five, in the end we saw three of them) When we came to the other car they were standing watching lions sleep just a couple of meters away. It was amazing! And they guides said that thi group consisted of eight lions so more were hiding in the grass. And we got to see them all! After a while the drivers moved up closer to where we had seen some paws in the air (they were lying on their backs) and there they were! The other six lions. We were just two meters away from them while the sun was setting on the savannah. Pretty amazing!!!
The day after we set off for the very south of Uganda, the south west corner bordering both Rwanda and DR Congo. It took us a full day of driving through mountains and fields. And then on Friday the 19th we went to Bwindi National Park and the impenetrable forest to search for the gorillas
On the 20th we started the drive back to Kampala, but got delayed in the southern town of Kisoro due to car trouble for four hours :P We got back here around 11pm on the 20th
They all left on Saturday and yesterday Eva and two other people from LWF had planned on going to Entebbe and I was going to join them. But instead it rained all day long and we went to Garden City, the shopping center, and walked around for a bit and then went to a Mexican restaurant for a late lunch. It actually tasted proper Mexican! I was impressed :) And then Eva and I chilled here at the guest house in the afternoon and evening watching TV and finishing the night off with ET. What a great movie!
Today is my last day here and I'm trying to sort some final stuff out. I also need to do the final packing. And in the afternoon I'm going down to the office one last time. It feels weird it's the last day here in Uganda, but it will be nice to be back home for a while before I go back to England again.