Johnson (Muthahinga Bwambale Johnson), who is a park ranger, arrived to pick Eria and me up at 5 am and we shared the cost, which was handy for both of us. We saw two male lions lying down in long grass and one moved to drink from a puddle before moving off. Eventually we saw a lot of elephant in a different part of the park, which was amazing as they were crossing the road in front of us with a very small baby. The antelope were mainly Ugandan cob and Impala type things, not ‘Tommies’- ought to look them up. Warthogs, baboon, Vervet monkey, and we saw a wealth of birds and hippo going on the boat down the Kazinga Channel – this was well worth the extra money. The crocodile we saw did a spectacular display of snapping its jaws with a fish in its mouth, near some buffalo, who looked perplexed!!!
We went to the crater lake and saw some lesser flamingos, not quite as impressive as Kenya. We also saw monitor lizards, big white pelicans, marabou storks, yellow billed storks, jacanas, hammerkops and on the way back one of their huge nests in a tree – this is built with several chambers and has an emergency exit as well as entrance. There was spoon bills, pied kingfishers, malachite kingfishers, sacred ibis, egrets (big and small), fish eagles which mate for life and shanks,etc.
We had tilapia for lunch with chips and brought home a perfect weaver’s nest. Arrived home late and tired but excited by the day out.