Thursday, June 20, 2013

Safari Time!

This morning, we left Lira so early. It was definitely sad to know that we were leaving the guest house, and the staff and not going back to the children's home. As sad as I was, I knew that I would be back some day.... hint hint

But there was one more adventure to be had... 

In an effort to allow us to re-acclimate to western culture and luxury and to decompress we were headed on a safari! We thought we were in the bush of Africa... we drove about 3-4 hours toward the lodge and watched the "city" of Lira disappear and saw what the Lion King taught us all Africa looked like and to what I think of as the middle of nowhere AKA the bush... It was beautiful!

Jimmy did tell us a great story.. and by great I mean sad... He said that there was a family driving through and they had to stop so the mom could go to the bathroom and she went a little bit into the grass and a cheetah got her and they never saw her again.. he assured us he wasn't making it up.. Sooo basically none of us complained about needing to stop and use the bathroom.. Um TIA? (this is Africa)


Nants ingonyama bagithi baba Sithi uhhmm ingonyama... Simba? Are you out there? PS those words actually mean something! Who knew!? They mean - there comes a lion, oh yes, a lion... I thought it was just a bunch of weird noises strung together...

Anywho, after a wish hour drive we arrived at Paraa Safari lodge... Security was super tight because the British royal family was in town for the jubilee - not William and Kate unfortunately but one of the queen's other sons  and children... 

After we checked in... realized that they had wifi (um hello two whole weeks without Facebook!?) and checked into our rooms we had a wonderful lunch!

Our view of the Nile!! SO cool!


our bathroom... with hot water!!

Mine and Steph's room!

Lunch! I'm not sure I've ever downed bread and butter so fast in my entire life!

The pool...

They warned you.. the next best thing to signing a death waiver I suppose...

This is probably one of the nicest resorts I've ever stayed at including any hotel I've ever stayed at in the states... I also had never traveled internationally before this trip to Africa... We don't even really travel that often at home.. But besides not having AC this was such an awesome resort!! 

After a delicious lunch we went on our first safari ride.. a boat ride down the Nile river.. maybe it was up the Nile river? I'm not sure...









We were riding in a boat on the Nile!! How cool is that!? Pretty cool! We saw TONS of hippos, TONS. We were told that they kill more people in Africa than any of the other wild animals... So there's something to that whole hungry, hungry hippo game.. We were heading to Murchison Falls (the water fall in front of us) and we were going to get off the boat and go on a hike and see more water falls... But like I said since the British royal family was staying at the lodge the road that we would have been picked up was closed. So there was no hike.. but we were able to get pretty close to the falls...


We jumped onto a rock in the middle of the Nile and took a picture real quick! We were told not to fall in because the crocodiles are hungry... Good to know. 

On our way back in we saw the said crocodile...


And then because we were all dying to see an elephant Amber I decided that I should pray for an elephant drinking water in the Nile... and I would get a bag of ruffles potato chips... Where this bag of chips was coming from - who know? We were going to test the power of prayer...


Well....


God really does give us the desires of our heart.... we saw an elephant!!! Not drinking water in the Nile.. so I didn't get a bag of potato chips BUT we saw an elephant!!!! It was so cool!

Meg - our fearless leader for Uganda 2013!!! (eeks I'm going back!!!)

Amber, our fearless leader from Uganda 2012... 


At the end of our boat ride we saw some baboons up close and personal...


I don't think they're known for being too nice either...

We went back to the lodge where we had some downtime and we were able to take hot showers! Woo what a luxury! So nice. I took advantage of the wifi and emailed the hubs to let him know I was alive and updated facebook - let all 900 people in my life know that I was okay and had just had one of the coolest experiences of my life! I was also able to facetime with my dad!! I love technology! It is so awesome! We had a nice little chat and I caught him up on life and then it was time for dinner. A buffet!! Yum!! It was so good. There was a pasta bar! There we were in Uganda eating dinner on the Nile, it was just such an awesome unimaginable experience! Then We went to bed super early because we had a 5am wake up call for our sunrise safari!!

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