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Safari, July 2011

 

A close encounter of the "lion kind" at Murchison Falls National Park in NW Uganda became the highlight of a parade of animals demonstrating God's masterful creativity.  For the best vantage point, we traveled throughout the park while riding on the roof rack of a Land Cruiser, almost at eye level with the majestic giraffes. 

In Uganda a beautiful woman is described as a giraffe.  (Photo by Carolyn)

Uganda set aside protected areas back during colonial times when large areas of land, infested by tsetse flies carrying sleeping sickness, became uninabitable.  Once the flies were brought under control, these areas remained protected as wildlife refuges.  The flies remain today in smaller numbers and have the ability to fly as fast as our vehicle!  The national parks protect the natural flora and fauna and are nearly untouched by the heavy tourism found in other African countries.  The animals are wild,free and beautiful in their natural habitat.  At Murchison Falls, giraffes, water buffalo, antelope of many kinds all  travel in large herds.  Elephant families and loners roam the savanah, while warthogs, baboons and monkeys dart in and out of view as you drive the dirt tracks through the park.  Hippos and croccodiles rest lazily along the banks of the Nile on the boat trip to Murchison Falls.  "Uganda is second in Africa and 9th in the world in mammal species and bird life - being home to half of Africa's bird species." according to our guide. 

 A Handsome man is described as a Kob       (Photo: Dr.  Mike Staab)

Water buffalo herds kick out the old males once they lose their strength.    They form "Bachelor groups" and are known to be cranky and agressive.  These old timers, laid in a mud hole and coated themselves with mud to protect themselves from the nasty bites of the tsetse flies. (Photo by Carolyn)

He is flapping his ears - better not get too close!  Or maybe he's just hot and trying to cool off!      (Photo by Carolyn)

Wart hogs make great lawn mowers, sometimes kneeling on their front legs to get a better position for eating.  They travel in small family groups and in some parks, come close to the resort hotels to get the tastiest grass.      (Photo by Carolyn)

These Jackson's Hartebeests were just plain curious.     (Photo: Dr.  Mike Staab)

Carolyn, Kemper, Bowe, and the Safari Guide, Henry, on the roof rack of the Land Cruiser

 

Carolyn, Kemper, and Bowe were riding on top of the Land cruiser when they spotted this lion in the bushes. They started tapping on the roof to get the driver to move futher away but he thought they meant to stop the vehicle and turn off the engine!  The lion then rose and ambled out of the bush and Carolyn snapped this shot at about 60 feet. Note he is an amputee from being caught in a poacher's trap.     (Photo by Carolyn)

Look out little Oribi!  You're in the wrong place at the wrong time!  (Photo: Dr.  Mike Staab)

A visiting Doctor, Mike Staab from the US snapped this shot just as the lioness nabbed the Oribi meal. Dr Staab's son, and Bowe became great friends.

This must be where the Africans get their love of beautiful bright colors of this Red Headed Agama (though it looks orange)      (Photo by Carolyn)

A saddle-billed stork close to the water's edge.  He might become crocodile dinner if he's not careful....        (Photo: Dr.  Mike Staab)

The Safari included a trip up the Nile in a river boat. More deaths are caused by Hippos than any other African animal.  Don't EVER get between a hippo and the river!  They rest in the shallow water during the day, and come out on dry land to feed at night.               (Photo by Carolyn)

Crocodiles line the banks of the Nile, making swimming a very bad idea. (Photo by Carolyn)

Baboon couple on the road to the top of Murchison falls, waiting for a handout.               (Photo: Dr.  Mike Staab)

Murchison falls discovered by Sam Baker in the mid 1800s as viewed from the Safari boat.     (Photo by Carolyn)

The Nile River literally turns up on it's side and drops violently through a narrow 18 ft cleft in the rock cliff into a frothing pool 140 ft below.            (Photo by Carolyn)

 

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