Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary
Trip Start Apr 01, 2007
21Trip End May 10, 2007
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Where I stayed
Fiema Guest House
Decided to go up to the Monkey Santuary that is in the villages Boabeng and Fiema north of Kumasi. These villages see the monkeys as sacred so the area around and between the villages is full of black and white Columus monkeys which are veggitarian and keep to the trees and Mona monkeys which come down into the villages and steal food out of peoples houses. The ride up was quite a trip - 5 hours on two trotros (small vans that carry as many people that will fit) and a shared taxi. A lot of the road wasn't paved and was incredibly dusty (we didn't realized how much better it was because of the rain, until the drive back which was worse - nothing like washing your hair and seeing the water run brown!)
Then off to see the monkeys around 7:30AM - they are only out early morning and evening (we'd actually seen a couple Columus on the walk in to the guesthouse from town the night before). We walked through the trails to Boabeng and saw some more monkeys on the way - so fun to see them outside the zoo! Then got an offical tour from a guide at Boabeng - it was nice to support a local business. Got to see a number of monkeys and learn about them. We got some great pictures and got about three feet from a Mona monkey in the village while it was eating a mango. Oh and the kids - they are always the most fun when we walk around "Obruni, Obruni" they and yell and get so excited when you wave at them! In Boabeng this group ran up to me and was saying hi. Then they started saying "picture, picture", which I first thought was "Peter, Peter". They all posed and it's one of my favorite!!!! I can't wait to have more time to put up pictures when I have a little time. Probably next week.
So we're back in Kumasi today - it's 4/7
We're heading to Cape Coast today, a little later than planned. The ATM ate Lisa's card today and the bank is not open but the guards at the bank said someone should be there at noon if we came back we might be able to get it. Hopefully it won't be a problem and we'll be off on a trotro to Cape Coast (3-4hours) after that. We wanted to get a bus, but we even checked for tickets on Thursday and they didn't have any till tomorrow. We have to go today, because one of the MDs coming to Cape Coast is coming in tomorrow and we have to pick her up.
Still having an awesome time! Kumasi has been great, very walkable city, so it's fun. I'm excited to go to Cape Coast. I should get a little more computer time there and hopefully get to download some pictures. I'm still loving my hair cut!!!!!!!!!
Happy Easter everyone!!!! Love you!