Queen Elizabeth Tour

Queen Elizabeth Tour

The wild

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PLAYING TOURIST

Traveling is something you dream about doing and plan for time and again. It’s easier to plan for something in the far distance instead of tomorrow or tonight. The stress of running around last minute to settle tiny details will get most of us anxious and sweaty but that is easily solved by having someone plan for you.

Sabili Tours planned a trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park and advertised for two months, giving people ample time to clear their schedules and plan for it. 24th August came sooner than expected and we departed from Oasis Mall Nakumatt, a busy center in Kampala.

The road trip was 7 hours and we felt every minute of it.  We had the amazing scenery to distract us and keep us excited. The roads were traffic free and we whizzed by most towns. There was lots of green around and few people. The air felt cleaner and less used.

We had breakfast at a restaurant located right at the equator, with chapattis and soda. A few people had toast and tea.

FUN FACT ABOUT THE EQUATOR

  • You weigh more on one side than the other.

Believe it or not, science can explain this fact. The Earth bulges outward at the equator due to the planet’s rotation and movement in a straight line. This creates an uneven gravitational pull with more on the poles than in the middle. Standing at the Equator means you are further away from the majority of the earth’s mass than someone standing at either of the poles. 

Sadly, the weight difference is less than a pound.

After breakfast, we continued on our merry way.  The drive loomed before us and we tried to make time fly by reading books, chatting, singing and listening to music. None of these worked! At one point all of us were dosing in our seats.

We came to, when the tour guide announced zebras. They looked majestic as they fed around vegetation in Lake Mburo National Park. We could see them quite clearly from the road. The sighting rejuvenated us and we were anxious to get to Queen Elizabeth and start our holiday.

We got to the park at 2.30pm and only had 30 minutes to spare for our lunch before the boat ride at 3.00pm. Knowing very well that food service took over 30 minutes, we opted to skip lunch so as to make our boat ride.

The boat ride was amazing!!

We passed by hippopotamus lying idly on the shores, crocodiles too lazy to submerge themselves completely in water, birds flocking on trees and sand. The highlight of the cruise was elephants playing like children in the water. One climbed on the others back and submerged it into the water gleefully. The one under waster rolled over taking the instigator down with it and they seemed to tug each other playfully. They got water in their trunks and drenched each other, chuckling with delight.

After the boat ride, we returned to the restaurant and ordered fries and fish fillet which were well done. Sated and content, we embarked on the drive to Kingfisher Lodge Kichawamba where we would sleep that night.

It was beautiful, mystic and exotic!

We arrived at 7.00pm when it was dark and were welcomed by bright lights in the rustic courtyard which had vines and flowers. We checked in at reception and walked down the stairs, past a dining decorated with stone and wood. The rooms were cottages joined together with beautiful flowers outside and a breathtaking view. They were stone paneled with beds purely of stone and mattress. The attic bunk was a lovely surprise, bringing out the child in us as we each wanted to climb up and enjoy the bed. We eventually had dinner and settled to sleep in comfortable beds set in stone. It was cozy and comfortable and felt like an adventure.

After breakfast, we set off for the game drive. We saw water bucks, kobs and warthogs. Chancing upon elephants crossing the road excited us. They marched in a line for over a minute. We searched every nook and cranny for the lions but those cats were on a holiday of their own. We then set off for Kampala, a drive that seemed longer than going had been. We feasted on a wonderful buffet with rice, irish, matooke, potatoes, yams, ground nut stew, meat and chicken for lunch. We then continued on our drive, passing by the vast and enormous trees that made up Kibale Rain forest. We eventually arrived back in Kampala, tired but glad to be home.