Clinic week actually flew by, it seemed like in no time, we were packing our stuff back up! We woke up Saturday morning with anticipation about what the day/ evening held. After breakfast we were to drive 3 hours to the edge of the Nile River. The Nile! That alone was enough to get me pumped up. Along the long dirt road that dead ended at the river we had to close the windows when we drove through the valleys, so we would not get bitten by a huge horse fly looking insect. I am not entirely sure what would happen if one of these little guys got us, but it was insane how once we dipped down to the lower parts of the road, they would just be swarming! After several hours we reach the river and instantly we saw Elephants, Hippos and Baboons around us. We waited for about 30 min for the ferry aka barge to come back across the river to get us. Most were completely fine with this lull because it granted the perfect photo opp.
The first thing we saw when we hopped off the barge on the other side of the river are Warthogs, like The Lion King's Pumbaa!
|locals singing when we got off the barge ferry.
|Private porch / balcony
|Olive Baboon and her babe
Since we had the camera crew with us, we were alone (just our truck) a lot of the time, b/c they would need to stop more often, take more pics, etc... It was almost like we were on our own safari at times! First thing we see are some baby Antelope then we come upon a nice family of Elephants!
We let everyone pass us so the boys can continue to shoot. It's so surreal to see these animals in their natural habitat. Just eating, playing and cleaning one another like no one is watching. The elephants would perk up their ears when they heard something and the babies would just trot back and forth between the adults. As we continued to drive, we got to see the colossal landscape. It was all you could see every way your turned your head!
|Those dots everywhere are dragonflies
|John & David