A few weeks ago, Cass and I got out of the village for a much needed brother sister holiday. Time is flying by and since there is rarely a quiet moment in the village, I wanted to make sure we got some quality time together. We booked a safari to Murchison Falls in north-west Uganda. The three-day adventure consisted of a hike around the falls (supposedly the most powerful falls in the world), two different safari sessions through the park (Murchison is largest national park in Uganda) and a boat ride on Lake Albert to see more wildlife and get a different perspective of the falls.
We were more than pleased with the experience. It was a bit of a Mzungu fest, but an enjoyable one at that. The lodge was located in the park and was very serene.
We spotted everything from giraffes, elephants, warthogs, African deer, water buffalo, hundreds of different birds and lots and lots of hippos. The first night we were there a hungry hippo feasted right next to our tent.
We amused ourselves on the safari by personifying all the wildlife we saw. Giraffes with all their feminine elegance, sauntered from tree to tree, gossiping in English accents. Warthogs are surprisingly adorable. The wild pigs are un-proportioned with things protruding from its head at all angles. They don’t seem like the smartest animals around since they stick their tails stick straight in the air when they travel. An easy target for predators. Water buffalo are hilarious…they are nearly blind so with their long grey hairs and horizontal chewing habits, they look like disgruntled old men wearing viking head-gear. Elephants are just the cutest things around. I could watch them all day.
I would have been completely satisfied had we seen a lion, but I guess that’s for next time. The most pleasant part of the experience was the scenery and the chance to be surrounded by more animals than humans.