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Published: October 15th 2018
The drive from Bwindi to Kibale (where we have a permit for Chimp trekking tomorrow) takes us up the western side of Uganda through the Queen Elizabeth National Park. We don’t expect that much from the park, but do want to try to find the tree climbing lions in the south of the park.
The lions are actually quite easy to find – there are 6 in one tree but these are the only ones we see. I manage to bog the Rav4 in a boggy part of the trail. My travel companions are a bit worried about out pushing us out as we have just seen lions up the road, but another vehicles comes past soon and it doesn’t take too much effort to push us clear.
We drive along the main road through the park to the central area where the park HQ is, along a road that is patchy at best. We have decided to stay tonight at a lodge in the park which turns out to be a good call. Our friends take bures and J and I have a tent.
In the afternoon we do a diy game drive is the area near
the lodge. There are plenty of elephant here but the vegetation is thick so it is hard to see the smaller animals.
There are a few elephant around the lodge. We’re woken at 3am by the sound of animals nearby. J looks out of our tent and sees a huge elephant only 2 metres from our tent. We stay quietly in the tent and after 20 minutes or so we hear it move away, but at breakfast there are still 5 male elephant near the lodge.
Unfortunately I find we’ve picked up a puncture yesterday. It takes me a while to change the tyre as the jack is from another vehicle and won’t lift the car high enough. It’s easy though to get the tyre fixed at the local garage but this means we don’t have time for a morning game drive here, which is disappointing but that’s life.
One the way north we cross the equator so stop for photos and from there it’s on to Fort Portal the gateway town for Kibale.
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