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--A pair of fish eagles
guards the gentle bay, their
--distinctive black, white and chestnut feather
--pattern glearning boldly in the morning sun.
--Suddenly, the birds toss back their heads in
--Piercing, evocative duet.
--On the rocky bank below, a well-fed
--meter long monster of a crocodile
snaps to life,
--startled from its nap. It stampedes through
--crunchy undergrowth, crashing into the water
--front of the boat, invisible except for a pair
--sentry-post eyes that peek menacingly above
--the surface to monitor our movements.
Island is tucked in the southwest corner of
Lake Victoria, the world’s second-largest lake, an inland
sea sprawling between Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.
The national park has a number of indigenous mammal species - hippo, vervet
monkey, genet and mongoose - which share their protected habitat with introduced
species such as chimpanzee, black-and-white colobus, elephant and giraffe, all
of which benefit from Rubondo’s inaccessibility. Rubondo also protects precious
fish breeding grounds.
Ninety percent of the park’s 457 km2 (176 sq miles) are humid forest; the remainder
ranges from open grassland to lakeside papyrus beds. Exact location: 02’18’08
S 031’51’62E - 150 km (95 miles) west of Mwanza.
photos by: Hans Krisotoffersen/Mwanza guide
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