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.
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? We saw hundreds of these.
We named this a pencil horn, but don’t know the real name.
We saw dozens of giraffes.
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.
Some kind of grouse.
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…ol 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 maybe 8-10 elephants.
Scoping out an elephant nearby.
This is our boat.
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.
Another giant croc hides in the shade, looking for some fresh lunch.
Sister & Elder Taylor on river safari on the Nile.
Murchison Falls National Park.
President & Sister Chatfield take time to unwind together.
Cliffs along the Nile.
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 bald eagle.
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, Gillett, Chabra, Howard, Chatfield, Taylor, and Toro/Liebel.
Elder & Sister Taylor and Elder & Sister Gillett