Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary

Trip Start Apr 01, 2007
Trip End May 10, 2007

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Saturday, April 7, 2007

After a driving rain storm on 4/5 that lasted about 45 minutes, in which we luckily quickly found shelter, we visited the Kumasi teaching hospital to meet one of the ob/gyns there.  Unfortunately we waited for 1 1/2 hours and he was still "on the way", so we decided that meant probably at least another hour, and we left.
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!).  It was actually a great adventure!  I'll fill in more details later, when I have time - but we stayed at a guesthouse in Fiema owned by a family who also provided us with dinner and breakfast since there is no where really to eat there.  Our first night of no A/C, but it wasn't too bad with the fan.  The shower the next morning was glorious, even though it was cold.
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 had a great night last night, got back around 4PMish - we decided it was a night of street food for dinner and having a couple drinks at the local bars - which they call spots!  Chicken kabobs, fried plantains, and fried rice - which lots of beer.  Amazingly so far I've been feeling great (knock on wood) we're really careful with water and figure street food is okay if it's hot.  Had another great fried egg sandwich for breakfast this morning on the street!!!!  They are by far my favorite.  Also so far no sunburn.  I'm been extra careful with the sunscreen and keep telling myself I"m slowly working on my base (can I even get a base?:)

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!
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theps on

Hi Babe
How much we love hearing from you. So happy everything is going great, what fun, can't wait to see pics. Good news about apt. Love you tons, Mom & Dad

ccuppett on

Hi Kim,

Sounds like the trip of a lifetime. Enjoy the coast. Stay well and take lots of pics!

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