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Leopard!

JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU'VE SEEN IT ALL

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Just adjacent to the Kasenyi Plains, where the African kob are plentiful and the prides of lions lay in wait for them, there is an active salt-producing crater lake called Lake Bunyampaka. It sits alongside an assortment of small shops with scarves, carvings, and other mementoes, as well as a family-owned shop where one can buy a coffee or soda. There is a small salt extraction industry on this lake, and the salt pans that assist in the evaporation and collection are visible on the surface of the lake. Joseph showed us the salt that remains after natural evaporation occurs.

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After a break for coffee and souvenirs, we returned to Kasenyi Plains for what was left of our morning game drive. What we observed next left us practically speechless.

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Even James was rattled! He loudly whispered, "A leopard! Get a picture before it's too late!" There is no doubt we were extremely lucky to get a glimpse of a rare leopard, especially one moving slowly enough to be photographed. It was unbelievable to see how the high savannah grasses almost perfectly camouflaged his spots.

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One more unexpected sighting remained: an African rock python, slowly and rythmically puffing out with a hiss as if to warn us away. No problem --
even though this was a juvenile python (a mere 2.5 meters long), we were not tempted to come closer!
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Our morning game drive was a complete success that is to be relived again and again in my memories.

Posted by lindaconnor 17:56 Archived in Uganda

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