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Water safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda

Queen Elizabeth National Park, founded in 1952, is Uganda's most visited national park; the park is 764 sq miles on the country's western border with the Democratic Republic of Congo

Queen Elizabeth National Park, founded in 1952, is Uganda's most visited national park; the park is 764 sq miles on the country's western border with the Democratic Republic of Congo

African fish eagle; this species is the national bird of Namibia and Zambia and is often confused with the bald eagle but the species exist on different continents

African fish eagle; this species is the national bird of Namibia and Zambia and is often confused with the bald eagle but the species exist on different continents

We had an excellent female tour guide from Kenya with a great sense of humor who kept the group informed and organized; I never ate any of the meals (they were heavy on vegetables I don't like) but Lee said they were usually quite good

We had an excellent female tour guide from Kenya with a great sense of humor who kept the group informed and organized; I never ate any of the meals (they were heavy on vegetables I don't like) but Lee said they were usually quite good

Little kids would always wave and yell when we drove past; some would want money but we refrained since that would teach them bad habits

Little kids would always wave and yell when we drove past; some would want money but we refrained since that would teach them bad habits

Woodland kingfisher; this species is widely distributed in tropical Africa south of the Sahara and from Pretoria northwards

Woodland kingfisher; this species is widely distributed in tropical Africa south of the Sahara and from Pretoria northwards

A gregarious animal, the waterbuck may form herds consisting of 6 to 30 individuals; the animal is not endangered but large populations are being eliminated from certain habitats because of poaching and human disturbance

A gregarious animal, the waterbuck may form herds consisting of 6 to 30 individuals; the animal is not endangered but large populations are being eliminated from certain habitats because of poaching and human disturbance

African jacana; the jacana has evolved a highly unusual polyandrous mating system, meaning that one female mates with multiple males and the male alone cares for the chicks

African jacana; the jacana has evolved a highly unusual polyandrous mating system, meaning that one female mates with multiple males and the male alone cares for the chicks

There is essentially no public transit in Uganda so it's impossible to do this trip on your own unless you hired private guide; there is, however, a very informal network of intercity buses used by locals

There is essentially no public transit in Uganda so it's impossible to do this trip on your own unless you hired private guide; there is, however, a very informal network of intercity buses used by locals

The hamerkop is known for its enormous nests (high in the tree), sometimes more than 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in) across, and strong enough to support a man's weight

The hamerkop is known for its enormous nests (high in the tree), sometimes more than 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in) across, and strong enough to support a man's weight

Egyptian geese were considered sacred by the Ancient Egyptians, and appeared in much of their artwork; native to Africa south of the Sahara, a feral population is now present in many parts of Central and Southeastern Texas

Egyptian geese were considered sacred by the Ancient Egyptians, and appeared in much of their artwork; native to Africa south of the Sahara, a feral population is now present in many parts of Central and Southeastern Texas

Cape buffalo are widely regarded as among the most dangerous animals on the African continent, and according to some estimates they gore, trample, and kill more than 200 people every year

Cape buffalo are widely regarded as among the most dangerous animals on the African continent, and according to some estimates they gore, trample, and kill more than 200 people every year

The Nile crocodile is the largest freshwater predator in Africa and is responsible for hundreds of human deaths every year; the average adult male Nile crocodile is between 11.5 and 16.4 ft in length and weighs 500 to 1,650 lb

The Nile crocodile is the largest freshwater predator in Africa and is responsible for hundreds of human deaths every year; the average adult male Nile crocodile is between 11.5 and 16.4 ft in length and weighs 500 to 1,650 lb

Shining-blue kingfisher; we had a couple of birders on our tour who had books detailing the many colorful species found in Uganda

Shining-blue kingfisher; we had a couple of birders on our tour who had books detailing the many colorful species found in Uganda

Cape buffalo and hippos get along with both watching out for lions

Cape buffalo and hippos get along with both watching out for lions

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