Wells of Life in Chad

Bir Dugul, Chad

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girl Bir Dugul Well, Chad

We couldn’t carry water with us since we were in the Sahara (and on the road) for 18 days, so like everyone else in Chad (aside from those who live in N’Djamena, the capital city) we relied on wells for water. You know you’ve reached a well when suddenly there are animals. TONS of animals. Read more

A GORILLA SMACKED ME IN UGANDA

Uganda

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So as to not bury the lede, a blackback gorilla (the second largest gorilla, and the second in command behind the silverback), RAN UP TO ME AND GAVE ME A PLAYFUL SMACK ON MY RIGHT LEG, THEN GRABBED MY RIGHT THIGH (which felt sort of like an 800-pound gorilla smacking me on my right leg, then grabbing me on my right thigh) today while I was gorilla trekking in Uganda.  Read more

YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU’LL FIND OUTSIDE YOUR DOOR IN THE KIDEPO VALLEY

Uganda

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I am so lucky and happy (KNOCK WOOD)!!! OMG this is incredible!

So I was told that even though there are elephants here in Kidepo, we would not see them because they’re ONLY here during dry season, which is January/February. Otherwise they are in Sudan (there is a long explanation for this that I am still not 100% clear on, so let’s just say Sudan is their vacation home). Read more

KIDEPO VALLEY, UGANDA…THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH

Uganda

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Lions eating Uganda

Today in Kidepo was remarkable. As always, brain is faster than fingers. Words fail. Am simply blown away, and overwhelmed.

For anyone possibly following the narrative, remember that crazy “lucky” lion/buffalo kill I witnessed over lunch (while eating creme brûlée) that I wrote about? Well, we went to check it out this afternoon.  Read more

THE GORILLAS OF THE NOUABALE-NDOKI NATIONAL PARK

Republic of Congo

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I have been living DEEP in the Nouabale-Ndoki National Park in the Congo Basin rainforest with Ba’aka people, trackers, and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) researchers with no running water, no electricity, no toilets, sleeping in tents, and thus no Internet for the past week to experience THIS! Read more