JAMBO,A MEMOIR OF MY EAST AFRICAN SAFARI. .WE TRAVELL D FROM BUKOBA IN TANGANYIKA, NOW TANZANIA TO MEET OUR KITH N KIN,RESIDING IN UGANDA AND KENYAN IN EARLY SIXTIES..IN THE MIDDLE OF THE JOURNEY, OUR STOPOVER WAS TWO CEMENTED CIRCLES, ON OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE ROAD,MARKING EQUATOR.WE ENJOYED TAKING PICS, NO SELFIES IN THAT ERA AND NO RISKY HOBBY…AFTER FEW MOMENS,OR CARS STOPPED,SLOWED DOWNTO ENJOY THE RARE FEAST FOR THE EYES…A SCORE OE GIRRAFES ALL SIZES.MAY BE A FAMLY AND EXTENDED FAMILY CROSSING THE ROADLEISURELY,PLUCKING AND EATING LEAVES REALISHING THEIR LUNCH,THEIR GAIT LIKE A CATWALK…WE WERE FLABBERGASTED AT NATUR’S BEAUTIFUL CREATION.. RISING ABOVE TIME AND SPACE,A BLISSFUL EXPERIENCE,BEYOND WORS,EVERYONE CLICKING WITH HEAVY GERMAN CAMERAS,CHANGING LENSES PATIENTLY,EAGERLY.AFTER TWO HOURS WE SPOTTED HUFE MOVING MOUNTAIN,A JUMBO AFRICAN ELEPHANT…WHILE STAYING IN OUR OWN SMALL TOWN WAS NO LESS THRILLING AND ADVENTUROUS..ON FULL MOON NIGHT IT WAS A ROUTINE TO GO FOR SIGHTSEEING,FATHER AT THE STEERING WHEEL, ON THE ROAD TO THE IVORY SAND. BEACHES OF LAKE VICTORIA .FOR OUR COUSINS IN THE BIG CITIES,THIS WAS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THEIR ITINERARY.BECAUSE OF THE HIGH TIDES,HIPPOS WITH THEIR CALVES,RAN ON THE BEACHES,WITHOUT A SINGLE HUMAN SOUL,WHO CLAIMED THEIR BIRTHRIGHT OF OWNERSHIP DURING DAYTIME,THE FULL LIGHTS OF THE CAR FLASHED ON THE SHINING SKIN OF THE HIPPOS.. OUR CARS SLOWED DOWN,MATCHING THE SPEED OFSLOW MOVING CREATURES, PARALLEL TO THEM.IT WAS A MONTHLY NIGHT SOJOURN,TALK OF THE TOWN NEXT DAY.I WISH I WOULD HAVE PAYED A TRIBUTE LIKE TIGER TIGER BURNING BRIGHT IN THE FOREST OF THE NIGHT .IT’S NEVER TOO LATE…HIPPO,HIPPO SHINING BRIGHT IN THE MOONLIT NIGHT….GOOD NIGHT

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