Safari Dreams That Finally Came True

Reed Buck, Kazinga Channel, Uganda

Reed Buck, Kazinga Channel, Uganda

Safari from the Swahili word “Journey” has always been a long-held dream of mine. Having been to Uganda before, I never had the opportunity to do a Safari and thus I was not going to miss it this time.

The morning after my photography training for the girls ended, we were up early and driving to Lake Mburo – about 4 hours outside of Kampala. On the way we also stopped for the obligatory photo at the Equator – my driver was haphazardly taking my photo by just hitting the shutter button and not looking at the screen, so my head was cut off in most of the photos. I stopped somebody else to take my photo, which turned out much better :)

Lake Mburo is the third largest national park in Uganda, offering Zebra’s, Rothchild Giraffe, Eland, Impala or Uganda Cob and Warthogs just to name a few. I also saw the very rare Reedbuck, which is extremely shy and managed to capture the Grey Crested Crane, which is the national symbol on Uganda’s flag.

It was amazing to stand less than 100 feet away from the Zebra’s and walk through the tall grasses, trying to avoid the animal manure that was everywhere. After our encounter with the first herd of Zebra, we saw them everywhere and thus my interest switched to the Giraffe, which other than Murchison Falls, is the only other park to see these beautiful creatures.

We took over 3 hours trekking the Giraffe and finally my friend and guide Venex spotted them far away in the back fields so we were able to exit the car (only park you can do this at) and walk slowly towards them. There were the parents and two youngsters. Each parent was with a young giraffe, so we had to walk very slowly. I was able to get within 150 yards with her eyes on my every move. I was hoping to get them back-facing to the sun but the sun was setting behind me so it was not going to be possible, but the sight of these tall creatures in the wild made my heart thump thump with so much happiness and I had to pinch myself a few times as I could not believe I was finally on Safari.

We were rushing to get out of the park as we had extended our stay, when we came upon the most beautiful sight - a mother feeding her zebra. I took my photos and then we just sat there for a few minutes marvelling at nature unfolding before us. They were in no rush to move and neither were we.

After our long day in Lake Mburo, we retired for the night in Mbarara (pronounced Barara) and I fell asleep with visions of wild animals in my head.

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