Travel in Uganda: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is known for its wide variety of flora and fauna, as well as, over five levels of vegetation. ❤

DSC_9057It is also known as the #1 spot for bird watching in all of Africa, with over 600 species of birds.DSC_9173

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African Pied Kingfisher
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African eagle in flight

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African Wagtail

DSC_9091DSC_9079While in the park we went on an early morning game drive where we enjoyed the desert landscape, full of mature cacti and thick bushes.DSC_9066DSC_9059In terms of mammals, we found plenty of Kob antelope, African deer, and even an African boar.DSC_9066DSC_9060DSC_9182In terms of reptiles, we spotted a Puff Adder snake, one of the most venomous vipers, as well as, a vibrant blue and yellow lizard.DSC_904716251710_10106310636535677_3871908759622907567_oIn the afternoon we took lunch at near the visitor’s center where we learned about the park’s use of controlled fires to maintain park vegetation. As a pro, controlled burning helps to rejuvenate dying grass and prevent the spread of wild fires.DSC_9080After lunch we enjoyed one of the highlights of Queen Elizabeth National Park- wildlife viewing along the water’s edge.P1030906We took a boat ride on the lake through the Kazuniga Channel to view the various wildlife. The ride was absolutely unreal! 😀
cruiseThere were hundreds of birds, hippos, water buffalo, elephants and crocodile co-existing along these shores.DSC_9136DSC_9197DSC_9141DSC_9113DSC_9200DSC_9192DSC_9188 DSC_9108 DSC_9114

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over sized bird’s nests in the trees
Our guide for the day was Captain Robert. DSC_9142He explained how these animals have a symbiotic relationship. They live together in harmony, since they both benefit from one another.DSC_9260
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eagles with buffalo
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buffalo with hippos
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buffalo with crocodile

We also saw large eagles swooping down to eat fish, and flocks of birds with their mouths gaping open in order to cool off from the heat.

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Cormorants trying to keep cool
 Crocodiles use this tactic as well, plus they can hopefully catch some bugs with their open mouths.DSC_9290DSC_9163Additionally, we learned that there are over 7,000 hippos in these waters, and the green poo from their vegetarian diet actually turns the water green! 😮DSC_9255DSC_9121And although hippos are the most dangerous animal in Africa, the tourists here have never had any fatal encounters. DSC_9176DSC_9215In fact, the only people at threat are fishermen who enter these waters in their small dugout canoes.
DSC_9271That’s great to know, since I found baby hippos to be absolutely adorable!
DSC_9243Mom, Can I keep one? 😉DSC_928516178778_10106310492963397_8873712173507384016_o
Accommodation:
While in the national park we stayed at a hippo camp, probably the most rustic bush camps so far. Here are cattle herds near the camp. DSC_9032DSC_9041At this point in the safari we are all very accustomed to using mother nature for potty breaks; however, this camp took things a new level. We had no running water, no sinks, and the site was within the national park, so hippo encounters were a legitimate concern. They may need to redo the fencing! 😮DSC_9027My tent partner and I used the buddy system for bathroom breaks, and fell asleep zipped up tight in our tents to the noises of the hippos bellow. After our long day in the park, we dined on pasta and coleslaw prepared by one of the group members that used to be a chef in France. The pasta was made with a coconut cream sauce topped with avocado. The next morning we awoke at 5 AM ready to get out of this p.o.s. campsite and hit the road for another 10-hour drive to Kisoro where we would be staying in a nicer guesthouse and trekking for gorillas. Can’t wait!
Adorable kids on our drive to Kisoro. 🙂DSC_9046DSC_9045Stay tuned to hear all about it. Until then. 🙂
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