The subdued finale to our great Congo adventure was an activity-free day in Brazzaville. However, it is well known, one can indulge in only so much introspection. So we improvised. … More In Brazza
Although we’ve really enjoyed all of our time in Congo, it feels in a way that all the travel, the wildlife viewing from a distance, and camping in the jungle has all built towards a finale of gorilla trekking. These up close and intimate encounters were like nothing I’ve ever experienced. Jesse and I discussed … More Kingo of the Jungle
We’ve discussed what’s involved in getting to the Congo jungle, and we’ve shown some Bai wildlife and our first gorilla trek to see Buka’s group. But before the next round of gorilla pics, we wanted to share some of the joys of living many hours from any civilization, as it was a frequent source of discussion … More I am a stranger in this part of the jungle
In order to study gorillas, researchers need to be close to them. Habituating gorillas involves following them nearly daily for many years to get them used to humans. It is the tireless work of many dedicated scientists and Ba’aka trackers. Habituated gorillas are still wild animals. They are just used to people being nearby. There … More Gorillas in our midst
For those 30,000 of you who speak Aka, you already know a Bai (pronounced “by”) is a natural forest clearing where animals come to socialize, eat, drink, and get minerals from the muddy pools while avoiding crocs. Essentially it’s the Applebees of the jungle. The concentration of wildlife in bais make them a great place for … More Sitting on the dock of a Bai
Since our last post, Congo: Are we crazy?, we have returned from what felt like one of the most remote places in the world (maybe it is). We emerged from the jungle – bruised, bitten, soggy, and scraped – but happy, feeling good, and awed by the wildlife of Nouable Ndoki. It was refreshing to be totally disconnected … More Welcome to the jungle
When we tell people about our trip, the conversation rarely makes it past our second destination – Congo. The reactions generally fall into three categories. 1. They’ve never heard of it – so why would anyone go there. 2. Those who know of it are shocked by our hubris – the heart of darkness, blood … More Congo: Are we crazy?