October 6, 2017 | Another type of safari.
After a long trip, we arrived at Queen Elizabeth National Park. We checked into Mweya Safari Lodge. Along the way, we crossed the Equator.
Sara strattles the equator.
The park is so named because Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visited in the 50’s. The Lodge had magnificent vistas. The restaurant, not so great. Around the Mwyea Lodge there was quite a bit of wildlife.
A family of Wart hogs living around the Lodge. Piglets are cute as can be.
Yellow weaver bird.
The afternoon we arrived, we went on a game drive. This was Sara’s first up-close look at an elephant
This young male had just gotten out of a mud bath. His left eye had so much mud in it he couldn’t open it! I did an examination from afar with heavy lenses (binoculars).
We saw much wildlife during this time. For example:
Crown lapwings defending their nest vs. nile monitor lizard.
They won! It’s leaving the nesting area.
Mother leopard and TWO cubs. Very rarely seen. They usually only have one cub.
A herd of 30+ elephant females and calves.
Leopard in a tree.
Two tree-climbing female lions. This is one of the things I really wanted to see.
One came down and rested near vehicle.
Sleeping just like a house cat. Moe slept like this all the time. It turns out they identify lions by their whisker patterns.
Two different lions on the ground.
We were able to get quite close to the lions and leopard because we were on a “lion experience”. When observing the leopard, we were about 10 meters away whilst the other 20 vehicles were about 100 meters away. Our guide explained that lions need two things to survive: canine teeth and claws.
White back vulture.
We went on a cruise on the Kazinga Channel between Lakes Albert and Edward, seeing:
Hammerkop and pied kingfisher.
A pair of Fish Eagles.
Long-tailed glossy starling.
Pair of Water Thick Knees.
Gray hero with cape buffalos.
Intermediate or Yellow-billed stork fishing.
The villagers get to keep 20% of the park entrance fees. They fish at night for tilapia and catfish from the lakes and sell it to lodges in the park.
Following our lake expedition, we readied ourselves for leaving the next morning for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and our Gorilla adventure.
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