Uganda Project Day 27 – 9th July 2007
Waking up early at 6.30am, I was more than ready to go on a Game Drive to check out the wildlife in the National Park. I signed up to it before I went to bed. It seemed like there wasn’t much to do in terms of building work for the day so I figured what better opportunity to take! I needed to kickstart my weekend after a long journey to Murchison Falls.
It was totally a true waking up experience as I hung on to the roof of the car as we ploughed through the bush with the fresh morning air in my face and watching the sun rise. Animal calls could be heard in the distance and it wasn’t long before we managed to clock some wildlife.
Buffalo, Cranes, Monkeys especially one doing the V sign at us, elephants and even LIONS who were on the hunt as we observed them stalk some eland.
But the best animal for us was the Giraffe. One gave us a massive show by sprinting in 4 directions as each leg went one way to the other! Check out the sweet pics.
Getting back at the Education Centre at lunchtime, I got cracking on with some work by chipping the flooring in the kitchen for easy grip for a few hours.
Then it was time for another nature experience! A Nature Walk along the River Nile!
Accompanied by an armed ranger as there will be some dangerous animals around, we trundled along the mighty river and immediately spotted some evil hippos who were ominously peering above the surface. Keeping an eye on them warily, we all of a sudden jumped when one hippo broke the surface with a huge snort not 3 feet away! Even the ranger jumped and shouted! But luckily, we managed to get away and into some dense bush. Was that a good idea?
We soon found out when after climbing through the river slope through some trees. Amy and I were hanging at the back and a bit of a gap opened up between us and the rest of the group. Then something slipped out of the tree in front of us and landed with an almighty crash into the river below. Amy screamed and jumped on top of me. The ranger checked it out and told us it was a small crocodile. What?! Crocodiles can climb trees?!
We also were warned to watch out for coconuts above us in the high trees. Apparently, the coconuts here have the hardest shells in the world and if it landed on your shoulder, your shoulder would break let alone killing you if it landed on your head!
It was truly a nature experience and I wished to have done it lots more…maybe if I had a rifle to make sure I’m protected!