Sunday, March 21, 2010

Akagera Game Park, Rwanda

Today was a wonderful adventure which found us at the mercy of Diana, driving Eddie's vehicle. She actually did very well given that there were three adults trying to guide her. Let's just say, it isn't easy driving here and the trip home, in the dark had us "clenching our buttocks" more than once. Consider, dark people and dark goats walking on unlight roads in droves with cars, buses and motorcycles bumper to bumper without either head lights or tail lights...sometimes, without both. Diana deserves an award!!
So, Akagera is about 2.5 hours from Kigali and though it started slowly with the animals all in hiding, we were able to see quite a few varieties of birds, animals, insects, flowers and vermin!! This flowering tree looks over Lake Ihema, which means tent in Kinyarwanda. And this scene looks out over the lake and into Tanzania. We ended our day here at a hotel where we had french fries and a coke before heading back to town. The flowering trees, plants and shrubs were lovely.

These guys are wart hogs on the run. We saw many today and I hadn't seen them in Kenya. The day started out overcast which is why no early animal sightings, I think. Later, as it warmed up, the animals came out in droves.

This is our travel group...Diana Perdue is nexxt to me and Adrienne Wootters and her husband, Bill accompanied us. Adrienne is a Physics prof and so is Bill. They live in the same guest house as Diana and Adrienne is also here on a Fulbright. Again, this is looking out over Lake Ihema.

More wart hogs that have just had been wallowing in mud baths. They apparently have ticks and like the mud. Huge animals...kinda look like cartoon characters, sayeth Adrienne.

These are baboons below and yes, I can see that this is now underlined. NO clue how to stop this but hoping it goes away shortly. Black you would like...we shall see. The baboons (and yes, I see I now have black) were very cool. They are huge and sorry my photography skills are so limited. More tomorrow. They sat, drank and groomed themselves and each other at teh watering hole.

This is a Masai Giraffe and for those of you who have been following my adventures, this guy has a totally different look from those I saw in Kenya. Apparently, those are reticulated giraffe.

These colorful birds are weaver birds and they weave these nests which are in the shape of a ball. They enter through the hole in the bottom and the nests are filled with seaweed or ferns...something green.
The day was filled with adventures, sights to see and fun conversation. More tomorrow.

A Franklin Akagera.

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