Cruisin through Queen Elizabeth

Trip Start Mar 20, 2012
Trip End Oct 16, 2013

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Flag of Uganda  , Rubirizi District,
Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Packed everything and shipped out around 10am. Headed to Kampala (me sleeping most of the way on Ryan's shoulder) where we stocked up on lunch supplies then continued to Entebbe where 5 more travellers joined the adventure.  A pretty chilled out night was followed by a visit to the equator.  Other than the many souvenier shops in a row there was not much to the equator.  A water demonstration was organised for us showing how the swirl direction of water is affected by its approximation to the equator line.  We were also intregued by other interesting facts like each person weighs approximately 3% less when standing on the equator line.  The rest of the day was spent driving  to Mbarara.  A quiet morning was had as we cruised the bumpy roads toward Queen Elizabeth National Park.  Before we even entered the park gates a leopard was spotted.  This was a breath taking experience as we watched the leopard climb down a tree and behind a bush and refused to show his face again.  Leopards are one of the hardest animals to spot because they spent a lot of time up trees and are nocturnal so we were super lucky.  Not long after passing through the gates to the park we got stuck once more but thanks to our talented driver, Dixon, and another travel mate, Damien, we got the truck out without to much of a wait.  Due to starting off a little late that morning and the set back of getting stuck, time was limited for lunch.  We climbed aboard a boat which took us on a boat safari; seeing mainly hippos, crocs and many buffelo along with a village of which groups of fisherman were on their way out for a nights fishing.  The guide informed us of some instances of attacks by animals on the people in the village i.e. in 1999 13 people were killed by 1 lionese over the course of 2 months before they managed to kill the lionese. Another was a 17 year old girl was killed a few months prior to our visit by a crocodile.  That night was spent at a campsite where the animals can rome through which freaked a few of the girls out.  We all made it through the night but were up early again for our most unsuccessful game drive yet.  A quick lunch and change of clothes was made before leaving at midday for an afternoon chimp trek. The drive each way took quite some time as the driver swerved around pot holes.  Through a tea plantation we ventured before heading into he forrest.  Trackers go ino the forrest earlier in the day to find the chimpanzes and then let the guides know, so it only took about 45min of navigating beween trees and through the mud to find the chimps.  An hour was alowed to hang out and view the primates playing in the trees.  Its amazing seeing these creatures enjoying their natural habitat.  Our last full day in Uganda was spent driving to Kibale where we did a spot of shopping.  For our last stomatch fuller in the country we enjoyed a delious local meal and our final night under the Ugandan sky.
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Obviously you ddin't suffer a hangover Amie - hehehehe You said one of your outings was unsuccessful but didn't say why it was unsuccessful???? Great to view photos of the amazing ventures you guys are on!! Take care - Love you . Mwah

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