Arthur and I set out for Queen Elizabeth National Park just before daybreak. The mist was quite heavy and we didn’t see anything until well within the park. Even then wildlife was very sparse. We stopped other vehicles who didn’t have anything to report either. Just before losing all hope we saw a car parked and next to it a small pride of seven very lazy lions. Good to see big cats again but we had to leave before the park rangers came around, as we had parked a tiny bit away from the road. By mistake of course.
We left for the fishing village instead – a small village within the park, that to a large degree survives by catching fish and drying them. We were there for the skool of hippos that always hang around there. Got a few shot and left the park to go back home for breakfast.
I had a channel boat ride scheduled for the afternoon. We left the lodge early, to make use of a rare occurrence of WiFi from where the boats took off. Got connected with the outside world at least enough to read the headlines.
The boat took off at 2:00 p.m. and we spent a little more than two hours on the water. Without a doubt the highlight of the day. The shore across from our takeoff point was filled with elephants, buffalos and hippos – that’s at least what we could see from a distance. Once a little closer, there were crocodiles as well and a vast number of birds species. We slowly moved by them all. The elephants unfortunately all took off once we got closer, but the rest were not bothered by our company. It’s the first time I’ve been within meters of hippos and while it lasted it was great to see the elephants getting hydrated.
Back at the camp the evening came to a rather abrupt end when the electricity went out. The generator took over for a couple of minutes but after that all the light in the camp was the candle on my dinner table. It took seconds for every bug in the neighborhood to show, so I called it a night. I managed to get bitten by a tick in the process, but luckily felt it before it stuck its head too deep. Nasty little buggers…