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Safari heaven


As Uganda prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its independence, we find out why this east African country is a ‘must’ for safari enthusiasts


Gingerly stepping off the ferry, I’m not sure where to look first. An elephant is grazing freely in the long grass behind me, while a cluster of warthogs busily bury their snouts in the ground nearby. Meanwhile, undaunted by this fresh boatload of tourists, a family of baboons paw at a discarded apple at my feet.


I have arrived in the heart of Murchison Falls National Park, known for its varied wildlife - but I wasn’t expecting such a face-to-face introduction with the animals. “Don’t worry, they won’t bite,” a ranger reassures me as I nervously back away from the hungry primates.


His words are swiftly followed by a shriek of disbelief, as he receives a call informing him that his car has been burgled by a baboon. Over at his jeep, a window gapes open, while the offending creature tears into a packet of biscuits from his position of safety halfway up a tree.


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in Uganda By Diana Pilkington


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