Lions, Elephants and Floods…Oh My!
If you’ve been keeping up on this African Adventure that I’ve been blogging about, you noticed that I didn’t blog yesterday. The reason is because is was a travel only day. We drove 9 hours from Torroro to Fort Portal Uganda. It was a long ride.
We arrived in Fort Portal Uganda for our process of re-engaging into America. We got into our rooms at the Mountains of the Moon Hotel. All I can say is whoa! This is an upscale place. Incredible food. Amazing rooms and the grounds are in perfect shape. After spending the last 9 days in a place that didn’t have running water most of the time…this is a true delight. Tonight will be our last night here and tomorrow we head for the airport and I will arrive home at 6:30 pm at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix on Monday.
But before we call this African Adventure a wrap…please let me tell you about a really cool and fun day.
We got up this morning at 6am and had an amazing breakfast. Then we headed for something I have only ever dreamed about doing. An African Safari. Unbelievable. We drove 2 hours to the Queen Elizabeth National Park where we had a two hour boat ride where we saw wild hippos, cape buffalo, all kinds of wild birds and just had an amazing time in the middle of wild Africa. After the boat ride we hit the land in our bus and we went on the lookout for two major animals that we wanted to find. Elephants and of course…Lions!
We looked for hours driving through the Safari Refuge and then our guide spotted a Pride of Lions laying under the African bush in the shade. They were about 200 yards out and you could barely see them. The guide got on his phone and before we knew it we turned off the road and drove straight at the big cats. They didn’t budge until we pulled up beside them…I kid you not…10 yards away! The pictures I got with my iPhone are amazing. There were 2 male lions…big manes and all that stood up….seemed to pose and then just looked at us and walked around a little bit. I’ve never been that close. There is something surreal about seeing a massive lion in the African wild. I mean, the Phoenix Zoo is cool and all but…Africa?….wow!
After spending about 10 minutes next to the big cats…we started whining about how we hadn’t seen any Elephants. So we drove around for about an hour more and then gave up and headed for our hotel. On the way out of the park…we literally almost ran into a herd of Elephants. They walked right at the bus…and then…walked around the bus. I’ve got some decent shots with my iPhone of the big bull, but everybody in the bus was out of their seats trying to grab a great shot.
After about 10 minutes of just watching the Elephants we headed home. We made a quick stop at the Equator. Pretty cool to stop and take a photo. After everybody got their photos we took off and about 20 minutes into the drive it began to rain in the only way Africa seems to do anyting…BIG!
The road ahead of us began to flood out. The water came rushing over the road and all the people from Uganda began to get out of their cars and it looked like a huge traffic jam . Our bus was just sitting on the highway and all these Ugandans were just walking around talking to each other. So…we got out. It looked like we were the only white people in the world. I started talking to people around me and I had my iPhone and began to video people. One guy got in my camera and yelled…”Its happening to us…this is a Ugandan Tsunami”…and he just began to laugh out loud.
These are the friendliest people I have ever met.
This trip is the most emotion evoking trip I have ever had.
I pray that you will go to Africa someday in your future.
When you go to Africa…you must go with Hope 4 Kids International…
God has something to tell you when you are there!
Thanks for reading this.
I will be back in the USA on Monday.