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.
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.
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.
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