A few months ago, I went to Murchison Falls National Park. Although I had been to a National Park before, I was young and didn’t quite appreciate the beauty of nature and more so how beautiful my Uganda was. So anyway, fast forward to last year, I realized that I had a real love for adventure and I wanted to experience more of the natural adventure that many Ugandans have boasted about. So, I set out to adventure in Uganda and my first stop was Murchison Falls. So we (I had travelled with a couple) arrived on a Wednesday early evening; I checked into my room which had a beautiful view of the river (Oh it was so serene and relaxing) I sat at my balcony and got lost in thought about whatever…I was lost in a world I didn’t know existed in Uganda. My thoughts were interrupted by a phone call from my friend asking me if I wanted to take a ride to Pakwach town with him. I thought, Why not? I mean prior to that day the only places I had visited in Uganda were Fort Portal (my home town), Palisa (Hubby’s home town), Tororo, Bushenyi (For a friend’s introduction) and Ntugamo. (I know, like how is it possible that in the whole of Uganda those are the only places I have been to? In this, my beautiful country?) So, I went to pakwach town, I even bought a stool to remind myself that I had visited. On our way back, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw a big graceful elephant taking its evening walk (I guess). With its ears gracefully bouncing on its head. It was so beautiful and so close that the gentleman who was riding a bicycle stopped and started racing to the opposite direction. It was one of the most beautiful sights I had ever laid eyes on.
During dinner, we were briefed about the next morning. How we had to be on the road by 6am if we wanted to see the mighty CAT and all the other animals. I was curious to see what it was that I had to get me out of bed for at 5am.
The game drive started as soon as we reached the park as we got a glimpse of some animals such as Uganda Kobs and waterbucks, some primates (very playful and somehow seems to always have some banana to eat), there were some animals that stood out for me. The ever so graceful Giraffe (I suspect it’s my favourite park animal) – it’s not only beautiful in appearance but also carries itself like royalty. Its long neck (even longer than Princess Bagaya’s) stands out even when it is sitting. (Yes I did see some giraffes seated, resting under the little shade they were lucky to find. No wonder we had to be there so early, before the sunshine became too harsh for them). We were also able to see the mighty gentle giants, the elephants, with their beautiful flappy ears and long trunks. AND THEN, the king of the Park, the mighty cat; the LION.
At the time we started our drive, our guide kept stopping and asking other guides who were returning if they had seen any lions and if so where? And even when we wanted to stop and take pictures of other animals, our pictures were rushed because we had to look for the Lion before it becomes too hot and he retreats for shelter. Eventually we found other tourists who directed us to where the lions were but apparently we were not allowed to go there because it was the danger zone. Our tour guide asked if we were willing to take the risk of being sneaky so we could take a closer look at them. You bet we were willing to risk it. The mighty cats were resting under a shade. We managed to see two of them. It was great seeing such mighty animals that stand out. On our way from the “danger zone” I saw the most fascinating thing to say the very least. A mighty snake was hungry and needed a good meal. We watched this reptile Strangle a young kob and devour it into pieces and then go to its belly. I could say that was the highlight of our trip. Scary and fascinating at the same time.
There was something outstanding about the animals I highlighted. The giraffe with its long neck even when it is seated, it always stands out. The mighty elephant, gentle (when not provoked) stands out by just being present. It does not need to do anything. I need not talk about the Snake; The mighty lion has a reputation as the king of the jungle and its might is even referred to in the Bible that Jesus the son of God is often referred to as the “Lion of Judah.
It’s simply in their nature and yet we, human beings are far more superior.
I conclude by asking; “ Are you living a passive life; just existing because it’s not yet your time to die? Or are you standing out? Creating a positive impact on those that you associate with, or are you leaving no discernible mark on the people around you? Choose to STAND OUT TODAY.