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Uganda: Queen Elizabeth Safari

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Queen Elizabeth Safari | Uganda | Africa

[Visited: November 2005]

Our first encounter with Queen Elizabeth was after we just entered the area after a long day drive from the north of the country. Huge black silhouets were moving to our right, and it was soon obvious what we were dealing with. Elephants! A herd was eating grass, and two of them were in a playful mood and crossed the street, where they appeared to be mating. After that first dusk encounter, we would see many more elephants in this area. The next morning, we went for a game drive, and saw a lot of elephants, bucks, warthogs, and other animals, but unfortunately not the big cats we had hoped to see.

Picture of Queen Elizabeth Safari (Uganda): Elephants playing in the waters of the Kazinga Channel

That afternoon, we went for a cruise on the Kazinga Channel, a few hours boating this connection between Lake George and Lake Edward. We saw an abundance of buffaloes and hippos, with a few crocodiles and a hyena. Apart from those bigger animals, we also saw many birds, especially when we came closer to Lake Edward. An enormous amount of birds of all sizes and colours were gathered here, making for some nice spectacle. It was very easy to see the difference between the various birds, from pelicans with their enormous beaks, to elegant saddle billed storks and yellow billed storks.

Picture of Queen Elizabeth Safari (Uganda): Saddle billed stork standing out of the crowd at Kazinga Channel

When we went a little further on, we saw the spectacle of a small herd of elephants playing in the water and washing themselves. When they came out of the water and started walking away, it became clear pretty soon that one of the elephants had an erection, almost as large as one of his legs. The sight of this caused some uproar on the boat. The next morning, while on our way out, we saw another group of elephants, with a young jumbo in their midst, already amazingly agile considering his young age. Although we failed to see a lion, we still left Queen Elizabeth satisfied.

Picture of Queen Elizabeth Safari (Uganda): Yellow billed stork fishing in Kazinga Channel
Picture of Queen Elizabeth Safari (Uganda): Young elephant dwarfed by mother in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Picture of Queen Elizabeth Safari (Uganda): Elephant showing its trunk
Picture of Queen Elizabeth Safari (Uganda): Saddle billed stork raising high above the other birds in Kazinga Channel
Picture of Queen Elizabeth Safari (Uganda): Yellow billed stork looking for food in Kazinga Channel
Picture of Queen Elizabeth Safari (Uganda): Buffalo with white egret in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Picture of Queen Elizabeth Safari (Uganda): Gazelle in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Picture of Queen Elizabeth Safari (Uganda): Lizard about to disappear in a hole in the earth
Picture of Queen Elizabeth Safari (Uganda): Warthogs on their elbows making for a sorry sight
Picture of Queen Elizabeth Safari (Uganda): Buffaloes at the end of Kazinga Channel
Picture of Queen Elizabeth Safari (Uganda): Elephant posing for a picture in Queen Elizabeth Park

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