Game Drive / Kazinga Channel Cruise / Salt Lake

Trip Start Jul 30, 2009
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Trip End Aug 19, 2009


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Monday, August 10, 2009

We take a long game drive early this morning before breakfast. I decide to keep track of everything we see in order today, and the list is pretty impressive. Here's the list:

Dicok

White Browed Coucal

Wart Hog

Water Buck

Black Headed Gonolek

Ring Necked Dover

White Browed Robin Chat

Mating LIONS

Cape Buffalo

Rufus Naped Lark

Yello Throated Longclaw

Black-Lored Babbler

Flappet Lark

Laughing Dove

Palm Nut Vulture

Kop

Common Bulbul

Sooty Chat

Siffling Cisticola

Black-and-white Mannikin

Saddle Billed Stork

Elephants

Did you note that "mating lions" are on the list? That was quite early on in the day, and they were fairly far away from the van. The resulting image is very grainy, with a pushed zoom, but we did get to see them do it for a few minutes. The drive was rich in bird sightings but not so much in terms of the larger animals.

After lunch we had some free time, and then one of the highlights of the trip thus far – a launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel. The banks of this channel are absolutely teeming with wildlife of every variety. We saw huge numbers of hippo and buffalo, with crocodiles and elephants too. I wasn’t able to keep a list of the bird sightings here, they were so many! The most amazing thing was when one male buffalo mounted another male, who was willing and cooperative in the effort. See? It is a common occurrence in nature, although our guide hurried on to direct attention to other attractions.

A few of us continued after the cruise to the Katwe Lake salt mining operation which was featured in a recent issue of National Geographic. It was fascinating to learn about this very dangerous occupation, which people can only do a maximum of three days a week, and to see the entire process.

We move to the mountains tomorrow. One day closer to our first opportunity to see the Silverback Mountain Gorillas! (And no doubt farther from our next opportunity to use the internet!)
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