African Safari

African Safari

This week we participated in a real African safari by boat and by land. What we saw of God’s creations was truly breathtaking. Since we don’t know the proper names of many of these animals, we’ll just share them and let you figure it out.

We stayed at Paraa resort at Murchison National Park, where we went on two game drives. Then we moved to Chobe game preserve for another day and night.

The beautiful Chobe lodge overlooks the Nile. Not as many animals as Paraa, but a beautiful setting.

The beautiful Chobe lodge overlooks the Nile, not as many animals as Paraa, but a beautiful setting.

Land Safari

This is a water buck. It is the most stout and large of the antelope-like game we saw. It's about the size of an elk.

This is a water buck. It is the most stout and large of the antelope-like game we saw. It’s about the size of an elk.

Is this a Cobb?

Is this a Cobb? We saw hundreds of these.

We named this a pencil horn. Don't know the real name.

We named this a pencil horn, but don’t know the real name.

We saw dozens of giraffes.

We saw dozens of giraffes.

The water buffalo is the second-most deadly animal in the park. What the first, by far? The hippo of all things.

The water buffalo is the second-most deadly animal in the park. A lone water buffalo is called a widowmaker. What is the most dangerous by far? The hippo of all things. It can run 50 mph (80 kph) and will bite you to death with its huge mouth.

Don't know if this is an Impala or something else. The guides just call everything an antelope.

Don’t know if this is an Impala or something else. The guides just call everything an antelope.

Some kind of grouse.

Some kind of grouse.

These giraffes continually turned in circles by one another, repeatedly forming a cross.

These giraffes continually turned in circles around one another, repeatedly forming an X.

The Hartebeest is maybe the ugliest and most ungainly animal we saw. It runs like a girl and is as homely as...ole what's er name.

The Hartebeest is maybe the ugliest and most ungainly animal we saw. It runs like a girl and is as homely as…ol what’s er name.

Two hartebeests squaring off for rights to ole what's er name.

Two hartebeests squaring off for rights to ol what’s er name.

We saw several colorful birds, like these turquoise and red beauties.

We saw several colorful birds, like these turquoise and red beauties.

Elephant

We saw maybe 8-10 elephants.

Warthogs

Warthogs

Scoping out an elephant nearby.

Scoping out an elephant nearby.

River Safari

This is our boat.

This is our boat.

We embark on the African Queen for the 3-hour trip up river to see Merchison Falls.

We embark on the African Queen for the 3-hour trip up the Nile to see Murchison Falls.

20' crocodile lays in the grass to sun.

20′ crocodile lays in the grass to sun.

Another giant croc hides in shade, looking for some fresh lunch.

Another giant croc hides in the shade, looking for some fresh lunch.

Sister & Elder Taylor on river safari on the Nile.

Sister & Elder Taylor on river safari on the Nile.

Merchison Falls National Park.

Murchison Falls National Park.

President & SIster Chatfield take time to unwind together.

President & Sister Chatfield take time to unwind together.

Cliffs along the Nile.

Cliffs along the Nile.

A huge African elephant fans himself in the hot sun using his monstrous ears.

A huge African elephant fans himself in the hot sun using his monstrous ears.

Some kind of African eagle, which is about the same size as the American balled eagle.

Some kind of African eagle, which is about the same size as the American bald eagle.

We saw over 100 hippos along the river trip.

We saw over 100 hippos along the river trip.

Our Missionary Friends

In addition to the adventure, we came to discuss our missions and share our progress. These people are some of the best anywhere and we loved being with them.

Uganda Kampala Mission President and Sister Chatfield, and senior couples. L-R Johnson, Goodwin, Chabra, Howard, Chatfield, Taylor, Toro/Liebel, and Gillett.

Uganda Kampala Mission President and Sister Chatfield, and senior couples. L-R Johnson, Goodwin, Gillett, Chabra, Howard, Chatfield, Taylor, and Toro/Liebel.

Elder & Sister Taylor and Elder & Sister Gillett

Elder & Sister Taylor and Elder & Sister Gillett

5 Comments

  1. Loved looking through all of these! What an amazing trip that must’ve been… and a nice break from the craziness of rural crazy town. Mom, I LOVE seeing your hair turn grey. You are really livin’ and oh so beautiful! Dad your a goof ball pokin’ fun at the homely looking animal. It’s not his fault he was born ugly ya know 😉 Love you both and kinda wanna hop on a plane across the sea to see you about now.

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  2. Now why on earth would the Hippo have such a bad wrap? I’ve heard that before. But we all know from the popular holiday song, that hippo’s are vegetarians.
    I agree with Crystal, the unfortunate looking Hartebeest is blameless…poor fellow. Probably can’t sing a note with that tiny mouth.
    The Nile in your neck of the woods looks very different from the Nile in Egypt, altho both spots are very serene. Did you collect the lovely soaps and shampoos from the resorts?
    What a wonderful experience you’ve had,
    Merry Christmas, Shirla Dawn

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  3. What a wonderful trip. We enjoyed being with everyone.
    Thank you for the recap of the amazing week.
    You truly make a difference!!!

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  4. Amazing Pictures! It looks like you had a wonderful break to mission life. Tell my Elder Roylance hello for me. Thanks for serving. And thanks for taking care of those Elders up in Gulu. Have a very Merry Christmas!

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  5. Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. Names of animals are so not important. However, I can’t help pointing out a couple of common and obvious errors. They are cape buffalo not water buffalo and Guinea fowl not grouse. Cape buffalo and hippos may both be vegetarians but together they wipe out many humans and who knows how many other pedestrians. Maybe all vegetarians are dangerous.

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