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Uganda: Murchison Falls Safari

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Murchison Falls Safari | Uganda | Africa

[Visited: November 2005]

While still on the southern bank of the Victoria Nile, we drove through rather thick vegetation and did not see any other animals than a snake crossing the road, and some warthogs as we entered our camp. The next morning, we left in time to catch the first boat across the Nile, and started our game drive under a light drizzle. Soon, the driver was struggling to keep the car under control, and as we were sliding from left to right, and back, on the road, we were more busy holding ourselves than to try and spot animals. Sometimes it seemed we would simply capsize, but the driver, helped by the guard, kept his cool.

Picture of Murchison Falls Safari (Uganda): Crowned cranes in Murchison Falls National Park

Soon after the initial thrill was over, we spotted the first giraffes, that proved to be abundant in Murchison Falls National Park. Amazingly, the guard spotted a leopard shortly after that, and we just saw a glimpse of it before it disappeared in the dense vegetation. We were all excited now, doing what we could to spot more animals, scanning the horizon for unusal shapes, shadows, or sounds. We saw a large herd of buffaloes, some with a white egret typically on their back, we saw hartebeest and waterbucks, oribi, a couple of hyena, and the beautiful crowned cranes.

Picture of Murchison Falls Safari (Uganda): Giraffe looking around

After a while, we saw another group of giraffes, this one closer by, and we admired their gracious way of walking and their friendly appearance. Cruising close to a river, we were searching for lions, but no matter how hard we tried and wished to see them, we just did not see one. At one moment, the driver stopped our Landrover, switched off the engine, and we were just intensely watching the environs, listening, looking for signs, but to no avail. Apart from the many antelopes, no big cats around. At least, not visible to us. What remained was driving back to the river crossing, spotting more elephants, giraffes and other animals.

Picture of Murchison Falls Safari (Uganda): Buffaloes with their characteristic horns sticking out of a plain at Murchison Falls National Park
Picture of Murchison Falls Safari (Uganda): Oribi and jackal in Murchison Falls National Park
Picture of Murchison Falls Safari (Uganda): Hartebeest in showing off in the yellow grass of Murchison Falls Park
Picture of Murchison Falls Safari (Uganda): Giraffe looking around in Murchison Falls National Park
Picture of Murchison Falls Safari (Uganda): Giraffe looking around in open plain of Murchison Falls National Park
Picture of Murchison Falls Safari (Uganda): Group of giraffes walking gently in open plain
Picture of Murchison Falls Safari (Uganda): Giraffe in open plain with yellow grass and tree
Picture of Murchison Falls Safari (Uganda): Crowned cranes walking together in Murchison Falls Park
Picture of Murchison Falls Safari (Uganda): Elephant walking one of the open plains of Murchison Falls National Park

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