Chimpansee trekking in Kibale

Trip Start Aug 15, 2008
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Trip End Dec 16, 2008


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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Our last stop before heading back to Kampala was Kibale Forest. On our way from Queen Elisabeth NP our truck Desert Storm unfortunately broke down. Christian did his best to assist our truck driver Charles with duct-tape, but the clutch had gone completely. Tourleader Nick fixed us a couple of matatos (local minibus taxis) and loaded all of our tents, gear and lugage in one and all got in the other. We then continued on after a lunch stop in Fort Portal.


We set up camp for the last time - though not quite the last time as some safari ants decided to force us to move a tent. We first discovered the ants when Louisa, Sally and Cecilie were going to the toilet and got some strange stinging sensation on their legs. As it did not stop they retreated back to camp and using a torch they found out that they had loads of ants crawling up their legs.

In Kibale Forest National Park we were trekking mans closest relative - chimpansees. They are very different to gorillas as they are smaller, but still bigger than you expect and they make a lot more noise as well. As soon as one chimp makes a warning shout it is echoed by all the other chimps around - very impressive.

We initially found a group of chimps, who were high up in the canopies. This made them a little bit difficult to see and also made it difficult to take pictures of them. But after having spent almost an hour with them our guide found another group, which was walking along the ground and easier to get close to. Several chimps just sat and ate and there were especially two chimps, who spent most of the time grooming each other.

Later that day we did a walk around a local swamp called the Bagodi Wetlands. Here we several monkeys: black and white colobus, red colobus, and red tail monkey. We also saw some beautiful birds on the walk.

The next day we unfortunately had to go back to Kampala as our Uganda adventure was coming to an end :(
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liz_reed
liz_reed on

eeek ants
argh ants! hope your ok Cecilie! looks like your having an amazing time and its great to keep up to date on where you are and what kind of crazy things your both doing next! take care x

justin19
justin19 on

Great blog guys!
Keep it coming.

marthe.s
marthe.s on

Fytterakkern
De maurene hørtes ekle ut!!!!!! hihihi... Veldig gøy å lese om hva dere gjør og ikke minst se bider. Fortsett med det!

Stoooor klem fra Gus og meg som er glade for at det er fredag i dag. Hipp hurra!

gry79
gry79 on

Hei dere to!
Fantastisk å lese disse utrolig gode beskrivelsene! Kjempelurt, disse notatene kommer dere sikkert selv også til å ha stor glede av i årene fremover:) God tur videre! Ta godt vare på hverandre! Stor klem, Gry

kvist
kvist on

Hej C og C
Super billeder, og det lyder rigtig spændende, og også som om I har været heldige med at se de store gorillaer så tæt på. Pas nu godt på jer selv. Jeg har været på kursus i en uge. Vi glæder os til at høre mere. Knus Ken og mor

birgitte
birgitte on

Så fantastisk
Flotte bilder! Gleder meg til å se mere - og å høre fra dere igjen - ekke helt med på hvor mye man skal rundt for å finne ting. Håper bare dere fortsatt har det bra, og ikke støter på større farar enn dem i maur-størrelse. Klem fra Birgitte

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