Road Trip to Queen Elisabeth Park!
As we near the third term, we are grateful for our staff, students, parents and wonderful donors and well-wishers. Every day we see tremendous growth and stability. Thank you for your support. We are embarking on new projects, as we consolidate our water supply and food supply for these young minds.
In this edition, we share with you a special road trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park, an exciting experience for the pupils. Many of the pupils have never seen wildlife or a body of water as large as the Queen Elisabeth Lake and the Prince George Lake.
On our way!
The trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park took the children through a rich panorama of lush rolling hills with the Rwenzori range as a backdrop. Half way through the trip, the topography flattens as we approach the Western Rift Valley, a phenomenon created by strong volcanic activity 2000 years ago.
Needless to say the kids were very excited to go on the 100-mile road trip. From the lush green rolling hills of Kasese District, the corn belt of Uganda, with the majestic Rwenzori mountain in the backdrop to the Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Learning on the Road!
It was an opportunity for them to learn some geology and see their own country and large animals. The children learned that several extinct volcanoes of a specifically violent type which are called the ‘Explosion Craters’ are found within our western Uganda. These Explosion Craters are called so because during the long-ago days these eruptions were extremely violent and instead of piling debris just about their vents similar to a number of other volcanoes, they discharged ash in addition to rock over a far as well as wide area in the present day, they are majorly extinct craters although a few still release sulphurous smells.
The Equator and the Craters
The Katwe Lake Crater is situated just north of the impressive Mweya Peninsula and actually are the highest elevation in this national park. The children enjoyed the spectacular Crater Drive that runs on 27 km which presents distant sights of the stunning crater lakes while on your way.
We have arrived!
Buffaloes and Elephants
There is plenty of wildlife to see along the drive, although commonest are sights of Buffaloes plus Elephants. The Kazinga Channel in Uganda is a wide, 32-kilometre (20 mi) long natural channel that links Lake Edward and Lake George, and a dominant feature of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The channel attracts a varied range of animals and birds, with one of the world’s largest concentration of hippos and numerous Nile crocodiles. Lake George is a small lake with an average depth of only 2.4 meters (7.9 ft) and which is fed by streams from the Rwenzori mountains. Its outflow is through the Kazinga Channel which drains into Lake Edward, water levels fluctuating very little.
Tired but happy faces streamed out of the bus at the end of the journey.
It was an unforgettable experience, a witness to God’s majestic creation, and the beauty of Uganda’s landscape.