the writer is a lonely hunter

writing by Gail Aldwin and other Dorset writers

Safari in Murchison Falls National Park

on January 16, 2020

Although it’s never been one of my burning ambitions to join a safari, I’m very glad I did. Murchison Falls National Park is about three hours drive from Gulu and while Sjarlot and I had time off from our roles as VSO volunteers over the Christmas break, we made the trip along with Helen, Sjarlot’s daughter.

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We visited the national park three times and I was amazed each time at how the outlook changed according to the time of day. Sunrise gave a pastel hue and the chance to spy a small herd of elephants.

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Later in the morning, there was a hint of blue as a bird took rest on the back of a water buffalo.

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The evening light gave a honey glow that made our guide convinced there was a lion resting in this tree. He even went off road to check but in the end we saw no lions.

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Elephants plodding along made me laugh.

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And giraffes were endlessly elegant in their manoeuvres (apart from when squatting for water).

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At the campsite, there was even a chance encounter with a grazing hippo!

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So if you find yourself in Uganda, the national park at Murchison Falls is a great way to spend a couple of days.

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Now we’re in Kampala joining training in communications and media. Here’s a photo of the sunrise.

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4 responses to “Safari in Murchison Falls National Park

  1. jim bates says:

    Great photos!! I still can’t believe you are there, Gail. How amazing and what a journey 🙂

  2. Suzanne Goldring says:

    Looks wonderful! Bit of a contrast to storm Brendan here – just driven back from Port Isaac in wind and rain!

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