More travels over the Christmas period

Uganda Map Showing Lake Mburo

Uganda Map Showing Lake Mburo

A Ugandan Cob licks a Road Sign

A Ugandan Cob licks a Road Sign

Firstly to Lake Mburo National Park in the West, to stay in a Uganda Wildlife Authority banda (small room) on their campsite.

Lake Mburo campsite: a vervet monkey checks out the shower water heater

Lake Mburo campsite: a vervet monkey checks out the shower water heater

Warthogs wander about happily,

Neighbours at the Campsite

Neighbours at the Campsite

beware the hippos at night though. It is a relatively small national park, we went for the wildlife walk and to see the zebras.

Lake Mburo: Across the Park as the Sun Comes Up

Lake Mburo: Across the Park as the Sun Comes Up

You are not allowed out of your car in the parks. With a wildlife ranger and his gun

Lake Mburo: Setting off with Our Guide

Lake Mburo: Setting off with Our Guide

you can walk through the dew in the early morning and see deer waking up,

Lake Mburo: Following Deer Tracks

Lake Mburo: Following Deer Tracks

birds starting to call,

Lake Mburo: Water Buck

Lake Mburo: Water Buck

hippos down in the wallow;

Lake Mburo: Hippo Wallowing Down at the Hollow

Lake Mburo: Hippo Wallowing Down at the Hollow

it was very special, we didn’t see much but it was still worth it.

You eat at a small lakeside restaurant, book your meal and then take a ranger led boat ride round the lake in the dusk:

Lake Mburo: Boat Ride at Dusk

Lake Mburo: Boat Ride at Dusk

hippos starting to plan their nightly feeding forays on land (they walk anything up to 7 km a night apparently); many fish eagles settling down;

Lake Mburo: Fish Eagles at Dusk

Lake Mburo: Fish Eagles at Dusk

crocodiles;

Lake Mburo: A Large Crocodile Eyes a Bird

Lake Mburo: A Large Crocodile Eyes a Bird

beautiful sunsets across the mountains of the Congo.

Lake Mburo: Dusk Across the Mountains

Lake Mburo: Dusk Across the Mountains

Zebras are curious animals, much fatter, smaller and less timid than I expected.

Lake Mburo: Zebras 1

Lake Mburo: Zebras 1

There is only one lion at Mburo, the few remaining others have been poisoned, or so our morning guide told us.

Lake Mburo Zebras 2

Lake Mburo Zebras 2

Zebras (here anyway) have a characteristic lifting of the nose and neck – pointing at you in a testy sort of manner – that I found reminiscent of dogs.

Lake Mburo: Zebras 3

Lake Mburo: Zebras 3

Many other zebra movements also seemed canine.

Lake Mburo: Zebras 4

Lake Mburo: Zebras 4

Or perhaps it was just that the nose lifting business and the black and whiteness reminded me (and probably only me) of our monochrome Collie/ Springer cross left at home in the UK.Monochrome dog and zebras

Lake Mburo was a beautiful place in which to start our epic journey around the parks of Western Uganda. Where next?

Lake Mburo: Across the Park

Lake Mburo: Across the Park

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