My safari in Africa had two big hiking adventures that I learned about off of This Website. The first was a trek into the rainforest in Kibale National Park, Uganda to track a group of chimpanzee. I was excited about trekking to the Chimpanzees in Kibale National Park. I have always loved watching chimps in zoos interact with each other. The creatures are very social and the interactions are so human-like. My favorite zoo memory is from the Atlanta Zoo. A younger male chimp was on the climbing structure. He peed off the side of the structure and onto an older male below. The look of hatred was understood by human and chimp alike. I wish I had a video of it.
Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Spotlight Thursday is from my recent African safari to Volcanoes National Park in northwestern Rwanda. Volcanoes National Park is one of the most well know places in the world. It is one of the last remaining havens for mountain gorillas. One of the highlights of my safari did include a trek to the famous mountain gorillas, but another highlight was my visit with their smaller and no less endangered cousins the Golden Monkeys of Volcanoes National Park.
A Masi warrior greets me as I get out of my hired car or the day. I am at the outer edge of Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya. I am here to visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. David Sheldrick is a world famous orphanage. It isn’t a typical orphanage. It’s residents are significantly larger than humans. Sheldrick is a wildlife orphanage that specialize in rescuing and raising orphans African wildlife. Most of the residents are victims of human/wildlife conflicts from around Kenya.
Right out of college, I moved to the small West African nation of Equatorial Guinea. I was working as an engineer for an oil and gas company. I spent 9 months living in Equatorial Guinea or on an oil platform off the coast of EQG. I was an unfortunate victim of the drop of price in oil. I love working in Equatorial Guinea many reasons and miss it every day. Here are the top 8 things I miss about EQG.
Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels. Today’s Photo Thursday is of Pico Basilé near Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. When I walked out from my hotel, the mountain was clouded over. Before my ride arrived, the mountain emerged from the clouds. It is 9,879ft (3,011 m)tall and is the tallest of the three volcanos on my island home of Bioko. The mountain also happens to be the highest point in Equatorial Guinea. Pico Basilé like most of the island is covered tropical rainforest. Currently, Pico Basilé lies dormant along the Cameroon geologic fault line.