Awesome Lake!!

Trip Start Sep 15, 2009
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Trip End Nov 21, 2009


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Friday, September 25, 2009

Queen Elizabeth National Park-Uganda 9/25

We had a few hours drive and came out of the lush greenery of the Ugandan mountains and arrived into the pretty arid lowlands. We crossed the equator and stopped to snap to take a picture of us with one foot in each hemisphere.  Then we arrived into QEN Park and took a game drive in.  The tour leader opened some roof hatches and 8 of us could sit up on the roof for the view and we would rotate out.  Let me tell you what, this game drive was so dam bad!!  I may sound like a pompous ass, but there were only some deer things, and warthogs.  We drove in the park for about 2 hours and didn't really see anything.  This park was supposed to have the highest concentration of birds anywhere in the world.  We did see some birds with some pretty colors but nothing really that special.  It was then my time to sit up on top of the roof and the others and I spent a good 30 minutes getting baked in the sun and seeing hardly any animals.  A lot of the reason was because there was so many trees and bushes so packed tightly together that you couldn’t really see anything.  Then all of a sudden a herd of gray elephants appeared to our right and I screamed "elephants" and the truck screeched to a halt.  Luckily the truck stopped in a good spot for me to take a good picture of them and we just sat there for a bit watching them.  It was really nice to see, especially after that of nothingness.  There was even a little baby elephant which was pretty cute to see.  Finally the elephants crossed the road in front of us and then disappeared into the bushes.  I think the whole truck was pleased with what they saw.  Again, seeing animals in the zoo is no way near the same as seeing them in the wild.  Followed by the game drive, we found our camp and set our tents up because it was mid-day and we wanted to get our tents dry from last night.  Afterward we were shuttled down to the ferry for a lake game drive.  We loaded up on the boat which was filled with all tourists and set out on Lake George.  The lake was pretty big and from the start I didn’t really know what to expect.  Then after about 10 minutes, animals started to appear on the banks of the lake.  First were two male elephants who were drinking.  Then it was all about hippos, water buffalo, crocodiles, and birds galore.  For one thing, this was the best boat ride I have ever taken.  It was like these animals were paid or something to sit down on the lake and just sit there.  It seemed like the Disney World ride on the boat that only has African animals.  It was like animal after animal just posing for pictures right there by the boat.  All except for the hippos.  There were mostly in the water and went underneath the water when we would pass.  I didn’t really get any good breath-taking hippos pics.  But I sure did get some bird photos.  Despite the somewhat mundane colors of the landscape, there were some really colorful birds just chirping and flying around.  I couldn’t help to take a lot of pictures of a colorful stork or crane looking for food.  It had a white body with a red and yellow/orangish beak and it just looked very beautiful.  I think we were lucky because it was late in the day and we seemed to always be in a good direction for the sun for pictures.  This was the most amazing boat ride I have ever taken.  There are even fishing villages that are located inside of the park which was a surprise for me but we passed one and saw a lot of guys loading up boats to go out.  After 2 hours, we arrived back and I know we all really enjoyed the boat ride.  Later on I uploaded my new pictures and I discovered a very incredible picture.  It was of a white crane bird thing in flight after just leaving the water.  The focus is incredible and you can see a splash of water that came from its feet in perfect form.  It was really an incredible picture which I was lucky to get  because I can hardly operate my big nice camera.  I really wish I would have spent some time learning how to take proper photos with it but I have to make do.  It’s working for me now though.  After the boat ride, we just sat around our campsite for a bit. 
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