"That one is a lion. This one is a lioness. Over there is a giraffe."
After over a year in Uganda, my knowledge is expanding and I can now name quite a few birds (mostly water birds) by sight and even by sound, thanks to my twitcher friend Sven. The hadada ibis (the clue is in the name!) being a good one for beginners, yet will still gain impressed nods from those novice safari-goers around you.
My African Adventurer then tried to take my enthusiasm for spotting one step further and started to test my knowledge on acacia trees! I have a long way to go (!), but he obviously can see my potential, as has suggested I try and gain my safari guide badge once I am in Kenya (don't tell me if there is no such thing!!). My friend Kerry laughed out loud (a bit too loud!) when she heard this. Yes, indeed, it may be a bit harder than gaining our Girl Guides cooking badge at the age of 12...but I am up for a challenge!
My most recent RUT customers were a bit harder to please than some! How was I to know that one client, Nick, had spent over 20 years in Africa and knew a hyrax when he heard one (not a hyrux) and an eland (not an islander!) when he saw one? (All were slips of the tongue...honest!). We had a bet in the car on which animal we would spot first on safari; I said the Ugandan Kob...surely a easy win. Not, as I found out 5 hours later, when you are in Lake Mburu National Park (like we were at that time) and they don't have any! Bugger! Nick did continue to try to steal my thunder on a couple of occasions, but I wowed him with my extensive knowledge of trees!
It might take me a while to settle in to being a safari guide in Kenya; I think they have different giraffes there!!!
|Spotting from the Hide at Lake Mburu|
|The battle of the ultimate safari guides!|