On some days I miss travelling; it is one of those blessings that came with adulthood. The freedom to traverse Uganda as well as some other borders whether it is for work or just one of those random fun weekends away. Yet with this very adulthood comes responsibility, I am struggling to get used to not having the freedom of relaxing on weekends and going to national parks for a well deserving party in the wild. My current job calls for me to be around all through the weekends, which makes me appreciate the few days I steal away to relax and not be disturbed.
This job comes with its perks; one of them is working on the shores of the ever beautifully vast Lake Victoria. This lake is one of Uganda’s, if not East Africa’s prominent resources; it keeps providing food, water and employment to so many of our people of course till we mess this synergy up by polluting it by the day. Anyways, back to what I was trying to say; this job might not be as adventure filled but every once in awhile I get to do things like going on the lake to islands filled with nothing but trees, rocks, other life forms and a big huge family of bird species. I love birds; I just can’t seem to get their “scientific names” crammed in my head. I know the general names though. (Yes, I say this with so much pride)
On this one Saturday morning, we set off at 11am from the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa marina in a small boat that holds up to 8 people including the Captain. This boat can be hired for $150 per hour and in my head, I call it a little mini yacht since it looks like one and because I do not seem to remember when to Google what type of boat it is. As we set off from the marina dwarfed by the bigger boats, all I could think about is how hungry I was and why I didn’t go up to the hotel for the breakfast buffet. My mind was solely focused on food that I almost missed the way the Club house was well nestled in the middle of the marina and the golf course, it looked stoically beautiful that as always I was compelled to take a picture. When on the lake you cannot miss to notice the golf course with its huge tumbling sides of green and water bodies snaking through the property. I sometimes forget how beautiful this place is.
We moved around and took pictures of birds then Captain Patrick took us to Bird Paradise, an island rumoured to have been owned by the Late Idi Amin Dada the former President of Uganda. The island had so many birds, every branch and shrub was filled with different species. Most of them were sprawled on rocks and tree branches while others were on the sands taking in the sun and staring at the approaching strangers. Of course before reaching this island we passed by other smaller islands filled with gorgeous rock formations and alive with birds, we even had a chance to rescue a stork who got caught in a fishing trap.
Birds that can be seen at the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Course: Several families of stocks, crested cranes, Egyptian Geese, a few Eagles, Hawks/ Kites, Warblers, King Fisher, Weaver Birds and many others. Pictured were taken by me.