Day 10 of 25 Days Exploring the Pearl of Africa – Uganda

Today we took on the long drive from Buhoma in Bwindi impenetrable national park to Semliki wildlife reserve. We spent a total of 6 nights in Bwindi impenetrable national park visiting different sectors of the forest. We started with Nkuringo sector, to Ruhija sector and lastly to Buhoma sector. These offered us great opportunities of watching several Albertine rift endemics found in this forest on the various forest trails.

We checked out of the beautiful Bwindi lodge and started the journey to Semliki wildlife reserve via Ishasha in Queen Elizabeth national park. We had great stopovers of birding along the Ishasha road. We even had sighting of the tree climbing lions lazily resting near the road. They are normally said to climb up the trees especially in the morning after a night of feasting from the hunting. Some of the possible reasons why they climb trees include; for better sighting of the prey, because the ground is hot so they climb for the winds and or it is to keep away from the many flies in the tall grasslands. Whatever their reasons the tree climbing lions of Ishasha have become an attraction that you want to include on your itinerary.

IMG_2362We unfortunately got a Tyre puncture in Ishasha which consumed about 30 minutes of our time. After working on it we continued on our trip stopping for birding photography. We then had a brief stopover in Fort portal to repair the damaged tyre and proceeded on the journey to Semliki. We had a stopover in Katuguru where we enjoyed the packed lunch with coffee at the Irungu safari lodge. We eventually arrived in Semliki wildlife reserve later at about 6.30 pm ending our long drive.

After a nasty experience with the lodge managers at Semlike safari lodge, I prepared to rest myself for tomorrows long day on Kirumira trail in Semuliki national park for more forest birds especially the central African species.

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