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Third day on safari, we all got up and had breakfast early. We were in the truck and descending into the crater by 7am. It was still foggy so we couldn’t see anything. The weather was nice, around 18 degrees C. The first animals we saw were two cheetahs casually laying around, with big bellies, leading Issa to guess they had just eaten. Now in retrospect and looking at the pictures, I believe one of them was pregnant.

Inside the crater and in our vehicle, we all had a cup of coffee to warm up.

And as magic, we began to see many other animals. I remember seeing 5 lionesses and a young lion. For a while, we waited around hoping we would see them hunt, but they did not.  We saw a rhino which is a rarity. We saw hyenas running alongside herds of zebras.

After driving around the crater for a few hours, we stopped at the hippo swamp to eat lunch. After lunch, we took off to the Serengeti.

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The night of our game drive through Queen Elizabeth National Park we stayed in a hotel with much more local flavor. It seemed to be a place for Africans to stay as opposed to being designed with the express purpose of separating tourists from their money. It got dark right when we got into the room. We started to go out looking for food. We turned around to get a flashlight after a few steps because the road was very dark. A nice woman, who lived in the compound of buildings that included the hotel, took pity and asked if we would like some food. I said yes. It seemed an easier option than wandering around a dark road trying to find a place to eat. We sat in a little room with a TV. Once the food arrived we were shut in by a big iron or steel door – to keep the mosquitoes out. The food was alright and ended up being extremely cheap.

We slept early and got up early the next day. In the morning we had some interesting conversation about aquaculture with R-, a Ugandan business man. It was so cool to suddenly be talking about Feed Conversion Ratios and pollution and fish population etc. We found out that some of the crater lakes in the surrounding area were used for fish farming. R- had been working on some proof of concept projects to convince Uganda fish farmers that fish feed pellets were better than feeding food scraps. He said that while initially the feed pellets were imported the plan was to have it manufactured in Uganda. R- stayed around to help us get on a bus to Mbarara.

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