Here we go!
Last week has been quite of a pain in terms of connectivity. I had little connection and I could not post/upload anything; so I need to catch up!
Two weekends ago, some friends and I went to a tour at Murchison Falls; it was a 3-day tour departing from Kampala, passing by the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and then heading to the Murchison Falls national park for a game drive and, on the last day, for chimpanzee tracking.
I probably don’t even need to tell that this was by far the most amazing trip I have ever done! It was incredibly well-planned and our group was great (our whole group was composed by several groups merging together); we had so much fun together!
Our trip started in Kampala at 8am and our first stop was the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, on the way to Murchison Falls. It is the only place where it is possible to see white rhinos in Uganda.
It is a very quiet and well-kept place. It is even possible to ‘adopt’ a rhino and name it as you wish (for a donation); so there were rhinos with quite interesting and funny names (one was named Obama, as its mom was Kenyan and the father from US).
Tracking is another way to say that our goal is to find and see the rhinos. We were fairly lucky as we spotted them straight away.
We got very close to them (I’d say 9-10 mt) and we had the chance to get some amazing shots of these incredible animals.
The ones we found were just there under the trees, chilling and relaxing during this very hot day. They were clearly neither afraid nor bothered by our presence (we tried to keep it quiet and move slowly).
As you might have noticed, the white rhinos are far from being white; it is said that their name comes from the “mistranslation of the Dutch word “wijd”, which means “wide” in English.” (source: wikipedia and our ranger)
After this somehow short stay (just an hour), we resumed our trip to the national park.
Next stop: Karuma falls.