Ali versus Ants

Trip Start Jul 09, 2010
Trip End Nov 04, 2010

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Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

An 8pm start this morning meant we had a day to fill with nature walks. Our guide had the cunning idea of going on the trek which described itself as venturing into the "heart of gorilla land".  Unfortunately the UWA tour guide was one step ahead of us and they had closed that particular walk down because gorillas were on the trail.  Damn it, so no such thing as a free gorilla trek then.  So we had to demote ourselves to the waterfall walk which was a 3 hour trek in deep rainforest, passing 3 waterfalls.  The forest is called the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, but the man-made path running through the forest made for some easy penetration.  The walk passed without incident until we got to the final waterfall, when overcome with a photographic opportunity, Ali armed herself with her head attachment also known as the Nikon D90. 

At this point I'll leave it there and digress a little to explain the title of today’s blog.  When I was staying at Kylie’s house in Brisbane, me and Chris were talking about our pending trip to Brisbane Zoo which led us to you-tubing the video where a lion attacks a man.  We spent the next couple of hours you-tubing such search terms as “man versus lion” and “python versus human”.  There’s some excellent you-tube videos out there filming the death of various stupid human beings at the hands of wildlife.  Highly recommended viewing.

So back to our intrepid photographer, who paying no attention to what was on the ground, stepped into an ants nest.  It took her a few minutes to realise that the ants were not best pleased with having a size 11 shoe slapped into the middle of their house and quickly fought back.  Some ants were dispatched into her penetrable pants, others were ordered up to her back and neck and a whole legion was dispatched to eat her brain.  It was one of the rare moments were she handed the camera to me, because she had to do something about the oncoming ant invasion.  The only cure was to strip off in the jungle and hand pick the ants off one by one.  Fortunately, she was ok, only a few minor ant nips and she could continue to take 2000 photos of the waterfall with different exposures.

The afternoon was spent doing a community village walk.  We visited a school, hospital, banana farm, witch doctor and tea plantation.  The highlight was walking through the tea plantation when a little girl took one look at the two mzungus and ran screaming for her life.  I don’t blame her.  Ali is literally the whitest person in Africa and the little girl probably thought Madonna’s PA was coming to catch and adopt her for Madonna.  Black kids are cute.  All rich people should have one.

Bye for now, dinner is being served.  Gorillas tomorrow so can’t wait!
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