Today we managed 53 kilometers that took about 7 hours of paddling time.
Sorry for not reporting last night. It was overcast the whole day and the phone batteries were very low. Sorry to Marilise and Corlia, our dear wives, we do understand you are worried. The batteries are still not quite there. The report is therefore very brief.
I had no contact with Louis and Morne today. May be a problem with the phone connection? - BS
This morning we had a five hour hike through the forest. We did not see any chimpanzees but were fortunate to see the yellow baboon, the red colobus, the red tail monkey, a few antelope, many birds like the fish eagle, palm-nut vulture, kingfishers etc. All though this is the dry period of the year, the vegetation is still beautiful.
This morning we went out with a guide to look for chimpanzees. It was not successful. Later we went out again and met a group of five chimpanzees, three adults, a todler and a month old baby. They came down to us from a nearby tree and we spent over an hour with them. They quite casually went about doing their daily chores, like, grooming ,playing, eating leaves , and sleeping. They are almost human in their behaviour. We got some good video footage and still photos.
Distance covered 52 km Total 404 km Time 4.5 hrs.
We took it easy and managed 33 km. for the day. We are just south of the Mahale National Park and tomorrow we will do +- 30 km to a point where we will spend the next two days. We are looking forward to see the chimpanzees in the park.
This Google image gives some idea of the waves we encounter along the way. This is very close to where we are sleeping tonight.
Distance covered 52 km . Total distance 319 km. Paddling time 6h45m.
A new record was set for the day. We covered 46 km but it was not all plain 'paddling'. The wind changed direction from the east to the west and it was pretty rough. But, in the back of our minds we still think of the people who would benefit from the Dare to Dream project.
We had a late start from Kipili this morning for three reasons. 1. We conducted a few interviews. 2. We went through our dried food supplies and dumped about a third of it because it got wet.
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