Did we just hit an iceberg? Nope, it was a hippo

Trip Start Jul 09, 2010
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Trip End Nov 04, 2010


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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Today we left Hippo Hill camp and after an early morning breakfast headed to Lake George for a boat ride up the Kazinga Channel. We boarded the boat at Mweya and set off in search of lake dwelling wildlife.  This is included the hippo, which we had previously heard grazing outside our tent the nights before.  However we were too scared to stick our head out of the tent for a glimpse so wanted to see them in the flesh today.  The boat journey didn't disappoint and was the best thing we’ve done thus far.  The lake and lakeside were literally teaming with wildlife.  We saw a lot of hippos, including a cute baby hippo on the shore, closely guarded by mum.  We saw some nile crocs, fish eagles, loads of kingfishers, herrons, egrets, buffalo, warthogs and elephants.  We also sailed past a fishing village and the locals were all too happy to wave and pose for pictures.   We were on the lower deck, a foot above the water, Ali busily taking multiple pictures of the same <insert animal/bird/scenery> when a loud crash was heard and 3 very confused and annoyed hippos appeared from the bottom of our boat, directly below where we were sitting.  However we all escaped uninjured and Ali got back to photographing the entire of Uganda.

The afternoon unfortunately was the polar opposite.  We drove to Ishasha in search of the rare tree climbing lions.  That rare that they weren’t there and we drove around the park, hopeful but unsuccessful. 

Following that, we had a 3 hour African massage, which involves driving on bumpy roads and bouncing around in your seat.  We arrived at our campsite in Bwindi in time for dinner and the gorilla briefing.  Unfortunately, we are trekking them on the 2nd day so until then will have to wait in anticipation.
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