TREKKING THE WILD
by avery wiliam
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On the 15th of May 2009, it was a bright day for us in Murchison falls Uganda. We embarked on an early morning game drive on the northern bank of Murchison falls where mutesa the tour guide spotted for us lions. Buffalos and rothchild’s giraffes, hartebeests, waterbucks, oribi, bushbucks, bohor reed bucks were seen in big numbers. I enjoyed viewing the amazing giraffes feeding on the tree leaves as high as the tree tops as we cruised on the boat upstream the calm Victoria Nile and the base of the falls just tens of meters from the "Devil's Cauldron. There we marveled at toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over the 17-kilometer stretch we were able to see elephants, waterbucks and Uganda kobs not forgetting the many bird species forinstsnce the goliath herons, Egyptian geese, pelican bee-eaters, kingfishers, Hornbills, cormorants and the rare shoebill stork. After taking shots of the photogenic Murchison Falls we returned to Paraa Uganda Safaris Lodge for relaxation, dinner and an overnight.
The following morning, we embarked on a whole day drive with our packed lunch we drove via the Albertaine Escarpment of the western Rift valley on the Masindi-Hoima-Fort portal road. We passed through verdant countryside and traditional homesteads and farms. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the Fabled "Mountains of the Moon”. We arrived kibale national park in the afternoon and had our Dinner and overnight at Luxury -Ndali safari Lodge.
In the morning before sunset we drove to the forest in search of primates like chimpanzees, phoestes, Red-Colobuses, Blues, Red-tailed and grey cheeked Mangabey monkeys swung on trees through a dense forest .we also viewed a few birds, butterflies and many small insects. All in a close quarter, at Bigodi swamp eco tourism site we encountered rare and beautiful flora and fauna.
Next we proceeded to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range most of the journey. We viewed waterbucks, Buffaloes and a variety of Antelope species arriving in time for an evening unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This cruise passed through the highest concentration of breeding Hippos, bird species like the kingfisher at the banks of the channel plus animals like elephant and buffalos were drinking water at the edge. We passed by Kyambura gorge for a forest walk to look for the habituated chimpanzees and other primates with the help of sticks which were provided by the game rangers. We went Sight seeing around the creator lakes region set deep into the volcanic creators, interacted with the katwe local salt makers and Baboon cliff all was a wonderful memorable experience.
The following morning we were transferred to bwindin national park, but first we got involved in a game drive along Kasenyi track and Queens mile in the park to see Lions, Elephants, cape buffalo, Warthogs, leopard, hyena, mongoose, waterbucks, Kobs etc.We later had our dinner and over night stay at Lake Kitandara tented Camp bwindi.
Early in the morning entered into a gorilla sanctuary. The rainforest was spectacular one; it offered a dramatic, heavily forested and dense landscape crisscrossed by numerous animal trails, allowing access for us. The Recorded mammals there included the endangered mountain gorilla, the rare golden monkey, buffalo, elephants, black-fronted duikers, bushbucks, leopards, giant forest hogs as well as other animals. The park is best known for the fascinating gorillas, where the time taken and terrain varies according to the movements of the marvelous primates. The thrill of spending time with and observing the gorillas is a rare, moving, awesome and exciting adventure. The gorillas were shy and peaceful, what was an unforgettable experience to watch and photographed them as they interact with each other!
In Lake Mburo national park, we drove along the lakeshore track, and with its own system of game trails and cleared walkways, the "Kigambara Loop" offered interesting guided lakeside walks. Here we found herds of zebra, cape buffalo and eland, and Pribi and topi were easy to approach. Along with the game drive, we also enjoyed a boat trip on Lake Mburo and self-guided nature trails. More than 250 species of birds were around the Lake including Papyrus Gonoleks, Brown-faced Lapwings, Carruther's Cisticolas, the extraordinary White winged Warbler and Bare-Faced Go-away bird. Later that day we returned to Kampala stopping at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers and the equator and took photographs.
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