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Storms, snakes and other jungle side shows

‘Without new experiences something within us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.’ – Frank Herbert I was sitting in my tent at Ndzieh, watching a storm brewing above the trees. I had just spent three days with Magda, working on the community development initiative. Thankfully, it was not all work and no play, as mornings were […]

The Congo Chronicles: A Question of Relativity

 ‘I don‘t like work, no one does, but I like what is in the work, the chance to find yourself’. – Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness I arrived back in Yengo after 6 days on the road with a total of 2 showers to find the camp even more luxurious than before: a shower had […]

Congo Chronicles: Into the Great Wide Open

‘No borders, just horizons’ – Amelia Earhart Leaving Yengo early on a Sunday morning with the community team and heading north towards Ouesso, a town on the Cameroon border. It was the start of the second sensitization road trip, this time heading east and north. Travelling in a skedonk cruiser with no roof racks finds […]

The Congo Chronicles: Meet the FOK-ers

‘I said I was going to Odzala. They said : Wear the fox hat..’.                 To explain the title of the post, Odzala was officially taken over under African Parks Network management on 1 September.Along with the other partners, we fall under the dubious moniker of FOK – Fondation […]

The Congo Chronicles: Entry 30 August

Happy to say that we finally have intermittent reception again. Being this completely isolated – it’s a strange line between living quite happily au natural without your phone, and hoping fervently for a shower of text messages without appearing to do so. The one is liberating, the other superfluous, although it serves to confirm that […]

The Congo Chronicles: A buffalo in the kitchen

‘When you get to the fork in the road, carry on straight…’ – Unknown It has been over two weeks since I arrived in Congo and what an epic adjustment it’s been. Within my first 4 days I had seen my first gorillas, attended my first community meetings and met the president’s wife. My first […]

The Congo Chronicles: Settling in to the Congo

‘We will either find a way or make one’ -Hannibal I have forgotten that the term ‘road’ in Africa can often be kind of relative. Was reminded of that yesterday while driving with the Project Manager and his wife, Leon and Christelle, to the camp of this incredible Spanish primatologist, Magda, who has been working […]

The Congo Chronicles

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I– I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. – Robert Frost Some people might consider my destination a little ludicrous. And, granted, it is not without a certain tweak of nerves that I head to the Congo… but by the time […]