During our time in Murchison Falls National Park we got to experience two game drives, a hike to the top of Murchison Falls, and a boat tour of the Nile River. The experience as a whole was really incredible, and I can’t imagine that any Safari I might go to in the future could compare.
The first day we arrived, after driving the 6 hours to get to the park we went on a game drive that took us into the Savanna of Africa, something the Drake students had yet to really experience. On the road groups saw Elephants, an adult Lion, Giraffes (my personal favorite), antelope, the Ugandan Crane. That night we were also met by several boars walking around Red Chili, and even later a Hippo. Needless to say we were very excited to go on the second game drive and the boat drive the next day.
On the second game drive we got to see lions again, but this time it was two adult female lions and three of their cubs, which was a real treat. The boat ride on the Nile also had us seeing even more Hippos, weighing in at up to 3 to 5 tons. The waterfall was really something to see as well. On the hike the last day in Murchison we got all the way up to the top, and were able to see the remnants of a bridge someone had once tried to construct crossing over then. Of course the rapids of the longest river on Earth are far to powerful for the small bridge someone had made on the waterfall.
On of my favorite takeaways (apart from the amazing pictures) was hearing about some of the stories my safari guide could tell the group. She told us able watching an elephant give birth, as well as witnessing a lion trying to get into a van to attack a woman who had apparently scarred away her prey. My questions for the group are: What was your favorite part of trip? What was your favorite animal? And what was the most interesting thing that you were able to learn while in Murchison.