A Reflection of My Life after living in Uganda as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer

Thursday, February 10, 2011

My Family Visits Part V: Murchison Falls

Since we’d spent time in the Central Region, done many activities in the South West and even hit up Rwanda, it seemed about time to get a bit further North and West. So, we headed to Murchison Falls, the largest National Park in Uganda. Murchison Falls itself is a narrow crevasse where the mighty Nile River must fit through. It is the biggest force of water in the world!

We went on a game drive and boat ride along the Nile to see all the animals. After seeing lion, Ugandan Cobb, buffalo, crocodile, hippo, giraffe, elephant, bird, antelope, spider monkeys, lizards and baboons, my mom still holds to liking the warthog the best. The park ranger who took us around pointed out the Ugandan Cobb which is the national animal to which he said, “. . .they are so lazy.” Is this telling of Uganda also? Perhaps to some degree. When it comes to women working this is a false statement but in many other regards it is very true.

It is the dry and hot season in most of Uganda now. This proved to be a trial while in Murchison as the temperature during the day sat above 100 degrees with full equatorial sun beaming down. For some wimpy Minnesotans who left the United States at 9 degrees this was especially draining. By mid-day they were ready for a nap and by evening they were the first to go back to the tents to sleep, usually around 7 or 8 pm. Of course, I was still full of energy and wanted to continue exploring. It sure is a struggle having visitors who don’t have the African sun running through their blood yet. Ha! Maybe this isn’t completely true. But don’t tell them I don’t either!

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