Destination today? Lake Mburo National Park, the closest savanna reserve to Kampala, and known for dense populations of zebra, wart hog…View image, buffalo, impalas, nile crocodiles, and more herds of hippos. Our home there was going to be Lake Mburo Luxury Tented Camp for one night.
On the ride, Pat filled us in with more bytes of information:
- Nile crocodiles can grow to be 9 feet long and can live to be 100 years old.
- Hippos yawn to show aggression not because they are tired, and can weight more than 7,000 pounds.
- A “boda-boda” is either a motorcycle or bicycle used to carry passengers…similar to taxis and also used to haul goods on the back of them. The word, “boda-boda” originated from “border-to-border.” Every time we came to and through a town, lines of boda-bodas were lined up along the road waiting for passengers.
Gawked at the Ankole cows (also known as Ankole Longhorn and Watusi cattle) with their huge horns. There was a resemblance to Texas Longhorns but the Ankole’s horns seemed to be even bigger. (Texans, don’t write me…I could be mistaken!)
Most homes were built of straw and mud – “wattle.” And, when they deteriorate from the rain, they just patch with new mud.
Arrived at the entrance to Mburo National Park…View image…watching for game along the road to Mburo Camp where one of the staff immediately took off toward our tent, carrying suitcases in the usual way, on his head.
This tent was similar to the other tented camps we had stayed at with a little indoor shower…View image…and the familiar biodegrable toilet with a dirt bucket to scoop dirt over the waste…View image…(I had developed a real fondness for this little bucket by now)…
Time for one of my favorite times of the day, lunch…before a boat ride on the lake to spot crocs…