So today, the morning began at vastly different times, depending on what type of animal were to wake you up. At 4 am, I heard the huff of a monstrous beast up against the back of my tent. I instantly had flashbacks to the devious hippo that was staring at me with its eyes peaking above the water from the safari the night before, and it gave me the most concerning thought. I heard one of the locals start yelling and chasing off this large animal shortly after. Praise God that it was the most reassuring “moo” I have ever heard in my life.
After eating breakfast, we went on a guided bike safari around Lake Mburo. Getting so close to some of the wildlife - the plentiful zebra, the active monkeys, and the comical warthogs was an experience I will never forget.
The guide educated us on all of the animals, and the warthog was one to remember that caused many laughs. He told us that warthogs all run in a group, following a leader who sticks its tail up, pointing it to the right or to the left, wherever the leader wants the group to turn. They are the easiest targets for predators out in the park, simply because they suffer from short term memory loss, often forgetting about the predator that was chasing them. So THIS is how they got the idea for Pumbaa’s personality in The Lion King.
After our safari adventure, we ventured to the equator (on our way to Kampala where we will connect with the rest of our team). We got to see some cool geoscience, where water rotation was demonstrated to us - with it going either clockwise or counterclockwise depending on what side of the equator you were to be on.
To sum the day up, I am truly amazed at the wonders of God’s creation and the immense beauty found in so many of the places we have traveled to in Uganda and Rwanda. It is an understatement to say that I am excited for the adventures to come!