12 July 2008

Our first game drive

This hippo hangs out near the outhouses by the safari guide's living quarters, but one must remember that it is indeed a wild animal and not a pet. Some of our fellow team members jumped off the bus to get closer, while our guide and hosts were loudly warning them against such behavior. Luckily, no one was hurt and all reboarded without incident to begin our first game drive.

Ugandan Cob, I learned to recognize these beautiful antelopes by their heart shaped noses!

A Jackson Hartebeeste

Rothchilds giraffes, the only type found in Uganda.

We were excited to see the antelopes and giraffes, we were moving at a rather quick pace and couldn't understand why the driver would not stop although we kept asking him to slow down. Our guide was busy talking with someone on his cell phone and we kept hearing him mention lions.

When questioned about what animals I wanted to see I replied "giraffes". I had not even wanted to voice my desire to see lions for fear of being disappointed. Our loving Father God however, delights in giving us what our hearts desire. Our first lions were hidden in the tall grasses, 2 mothers and their cubs. Our guide, with a glint in his eyes and an enormous smile explained that was why he had been in such a hurry along the way. He said we could see giraffes and antelopes all the time, but lions are harder to find. A bit further along we ran into another mother and her cubs, out in the open.

All I could do was gaze upon what surrounded me, trying to absorb as much as possible, quietly singing words of praise to our God, the Master Creator.

Revelation 4:11 "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being."

1 comment:

Duane & Karen said...

Wasn't God so good to us, to let us see the cats the way we did! Oh how I treasured this whole trip. Thanks for letting me reminance with you. I hope we get to do it all again!

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