03.23.2017 - 03.24.2017
After the adrenalin rush of seeing so many lions, a rare leopard and African rock python on our early morning game drive, our group was ready for a break! We returned to the Bush Lodge for lunch, and then took a drive to the Mweya Peninsula to spend an afternoon at the Mweya Safari Lodge, an upmarket resort with a swimming pool and poolside refreshments! We relaxed for a few hours, enjoying the patio view of Lake Edward and the Kazinga Channel boat launches.
On Friday morning, we were up early again for our day packed with activities: early morning game drive, afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, and evening drive through the QENP Explosion Crater area. Our game drive rewarded us with waterbuck, an African hawk eagle, a herd of elephants including a mama herding her baby across an open field, African kob, and a herd of cape buffalo.
We were lucky to have a geography professor with us, who identified clouds on the windward side of the Ruwenzoris as demonstrating orographic uplifting, or the altitude at which water vapor becomes saturated and turns into clouds!
Our afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel identified so many different types of birds and wildlife too numerous to share all the photos here. There were pied kingfishers, yellow billed storks, blue herons, different types of cormorants, spoonbills, spur winged plovers, black billed stilt, hammerkobs and more. There were also an abundance of waterbuck, hippos, elephants, and fish eagles.
There is a fishing village that existed prior to this land being dedicated to national parkland in 1952, and the residents were allowed to remain in order to continue fishing as their livelihood. The village is still there today, and they must confine their fishing to Lake Edward.