Friday, 1 February 2013

Murchison Falls National Park

We took Doreen on a 3-day trip with Red Chilli Tours.

Day 1: about a 5 hour drive from Kampala.  Hiked to the top of the falls - magnificent!  At Red Chilli Rest Camp we checked in and ordered dinner. We upgraded to bandas -Danny and I in an ensuite with solar powered hot shower. Doreen had a banda but without its own bathroom.
Most guests stay in bedded tents and use community showers and bathrooms.

We were surprised at how good the food was.

Day 2:  Early morning game drive and we spotted giraffe, elephant, oribi, jackal, kob, bushbuck, waterbuck, hartbeest, hippo, warthog, and two lions feasting on a kob carcas.

A warthog and a hippo live in the rest camp which disturbed a few people who tried to leave their tents at night to use the bathroom.

In the afternoon we took a boat trip down the Nile to see Murchison Falls and wildlife along the shore.  We saw many elephants, crocodiles, birds.

Day 3:  After breakfast we went on a short game drive and saw many more giraffe and other wildlife.  And on the way back to Kampala we stopped to view the spectacular Karuma Falls.

Great trip!  We met some great people on the tour and at the camp.....American, British, German.  We had a great group including two young pediatricians, Wai and Erica.

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