CAMPING CHRONICLES – QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Being Ugandan comes with many perks. My favorite are the infectious happiness and a constant supply of public holidays (those that fall over the weekends are still a trick). With International women’s day falling on a Friday, we had a long weekend on our hands. It only felt right to go check on the ladies of the wild. To many, these ladies are the tree climbing lionesses of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

We camped at Craters Camp Site in Rubirizi district, along the Mbarara-Ishaka-Kasese road. The journey typically lasts 5 hours, but we took 7 because of the periodic convenience stops. I’m sure no one got enough sleep that night, but by 6 am we were up and off for our game drive.

It wasn’t yet 7 am and were already driving through the park, enjoying the morning calmness of danger. Waiting for the lionesses to look down on us from their tree hide-outs. But 1 hour into the drive and still no lionesses. We were all impatient and hoped for reassurance from the guide. Oblivious of the gravity of the situation, she blandly informed us that we were in the “wrong” part of the park. You see, these lions reside in the Southern part of the park, and we were in the Northern part: SO UNCOOL!!! We missed what we had travelled for. Well, that dampened our excitement and literally put us to sleep. But on a whole, we enjoyed the overall camping experience and left no stone unturned:

  1. Wake up with the sun and chase the daylight.
1

Crossing Kazinga Channel

2. Get cleared at the reception center.

2

Stop!

3. Book mark the journey with a “single” as we call them here.

3

I’m alive

4. Hitch-hike, it’s the safest way to tour. Right?

4

Don’t try this in real life!

5. Let the beautiful sunrise start your adventure.

5b

The calmness of danger at sunrise

5

A male kob in the mating field

5a

Hippos and more!

6. Drive up to the salty Lake Katwe.

6

Wave that flag

6a

Tighten that lace

7. Enjoy the camp site, whichever you choose.

7

Welcome

7b

The lounge

7a

Ponds

7c

Never miss a meal

8. Rally the troops for a soccer game and don’t forget the beats.

8a

Getting ready for the soccer match

8

Keep the beats sounding

9. Always get the fire burning early.

9

Early birds

10. Enjoy the scenery in Rubirizi, as you head to the Kitagata hot springs. Get in on the action with a dose of that love portion water.

10

Enjoy the scenery

10a

Marvel at the tea estates

10b

Kitagata hot springs

whatsapp-image-2019-03-24-at-21.53.39.jpeg

Tapping into my love portion

Cheers!

Saw Bizzy

7 thoughts on “CAMPING CHRONICLES – QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s