Hippos were a real highlight up close and personal especially when we were
taken down to the lakeshore by some soldiers at night.
First view of the grasslands of
Africa just like the movies of Africa! (ed.: Life imitating art?)
For me, it was an amazing feeling to sit at the viewpoint south of the equator and gaze
out over the plains and lakes with the Rwenzories at my back. Absolute silence bar the
gentle breeze in the grass and the fish eagles calling. The sense of looking out over land
that has hardly changed since human beings first walked across it. The feeling of contrast
between beautiful landscapes and tumultous political landscape, between inner turmoil and
The slight trill of riding along a road where lions may be on patrol and being able to
convince Joe that the reason people are cutting the grass is so that lions cant hide
in them to eat passing cyclists.