More travels over the Christmas period
Firstly to Lake Mburo National Park in the West, to stay in a Uganda Wildlife Authority banda (small room) on their campsite.
Warthogs wander about happily,
beware the hippos at night though. It is a relatively small national park, we went for the wildlife walk and to see the zebras.
You are not allowed out of your car in the parks. With a wildlife ranger and his gun
you can walk through the dew in the early morning and see deer waking up,
birds starting to call,
hippos down in the wallow;
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:
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;
beautiful sunsets across the mountains of the Congo.
Zebras are curious animals, much fatter, smaller and less timid than I expected.
There is only one lion at Mburo, the few remaining others have been poisoned, or so our morning guide told us.
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.
Many other zebra movements also seemed canine.
Lake Mburo was a beautiful place in which to start our epic journey around the parks of Western Uganda. Where next?