It started off…not so well considering that after everyone agreeing that set-off time was 5:30pm, people were still strolling in at 8:30pm. Some delay was expected but not to that extent. For that matter, we had to travel all through the night arriving at the time we had planned to wake up! Frustrating, right? Yes please.
Now we realize we can only freshen up, have breakfast and rush off for the safari in hopes of catching the big cats having breakfast! This was not the case for us – sad but we never lost hope of having a great time. I must say we were blessed to have front view seats to several huge herds of Elephants grazing and trekking about, Buffalo’s hanging out with bucks and the beautiful Uganda kobs, waterbucks, warthogs, and all sorts of beautiful birds! Then came the time of the launch boat ride on the Kazinga channel which was quite relaxing and awe striking more so considering that none of us had had a good night’s sleep. Its as though all the animals line up at the banks always and live together happily forever; we’re talking Crocodiles, Elephants, Buffalo’s, Hippo’s, mountain lizards, plus those whose names I don’t remember. We also chanced at these little and very playful mongooses (First time to know what they’re called in plural. Hehe!).
We then had the rare opportunity of taking a tour on the Kisenyi salt lake and boy was it enlightening! To get to know the process of mining the salt, and how the lake gets split into small pieces for the different miners, and the challenges they encounter daily… yeah, it was good to know.
In all this, our biggest moment was the lounging big cat – THE Leopard – there it was in a tree just a few yards from the road where we were parked! Our hearts pumping, our mouths hanging agape, our hands sweating, we just stood there and watched in awe! I will never get the sight out of my head. We’re told it’s extremely rare to spot these guys and we were the lucky ones! Best day everrr! After what seemed like forever, we grudgingly pulled away, our day was made!
To top it all off, we had the majestic Mt. Rwenzori was in our sights the entire time as well as lakes George and Edward on either side of the low laying Kasese town. All this coming together made such a sight.
We didn’t miss the “healing center” also known as the hot springs in Kasese town. Apart from the amazing fact that hot water is springing from the ground from a tiny fisure in the earthcrust bringing along much needed minerals and salts, many locals pend many of there days lounging in the warm 45⁰ hot pool simply to relax and get enrichment from these minerals.
The damper on our evening was that there had been gun fights in the town between the locals and the security forces and so it wouldnt have been safe for us to check out the night like. We used this time to catch up on some much needed sleep.
Our way back had its own beautiful suprises. First, we stopped at the equator crossing in Kasese, then at the crater lake shaped like Africa(Beautiful one I must say), we spied a family of baboons and viewed the most amazing landscapes!
This meet up characterized with old and new friends what we all needed. It was absolutely awesome! Best of all, we had our most beautiful photos taken by malaikamedia found on the web at http://www.malaikamediaug.com