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Gorilla Trekking with Kate Humble in the Democratic Republic of Congo

In his second post from the heart of Africa, Jonny and Kate Humble are searching for lowland gorillas in the DRC.

Chimp Trekking in Rwanda with Kate Humble

WF's founder, Jonny Bealby, is travelling through Rwanda, the heart of Africa, searching for chimps and gorillas with Kate Humble. In his first blog he talks of their search for chimps in Nyungwe Forest.

Kat's Final Encounter with the Militia of the Congo

It would seem I was a bit too hasty in sending in my last blog entry... Half an hour later, we heard the noise of a powerful engine. Most traffic on the river is paddle-powered so it was something of a novelty, and anything above 50hp, which there was no doubt this was, is such a rarity we'd maybe e…

Kat in the Congo - Snaking Through the Islands!

The scenery for our last three days on the river has been dramatically different than the earlier stretches. We have been running the length of the border between DRC and the Republic of Congo, which follows the main shipping channel of the river, snaking through the islands, for two days now. Two n…

Kat in the Congo - Crossing the Equator

Yesterday we arrived at the largest town on our river journey since leaving Kisangani nearly two weeks ago… Mbandaka. Once a serious trading station, this town that sits astride the equator is now as fallen into ruin as every other town we’ve seen. The riverside on our approach was littered with hul…

Kat in the Congo - Telekinetic Crew and No Bananas....

Torrential rain all day, no sign of it abating, possibly ever. This may well be the end of the world we are witnessing, although Congo seems to lend itself quite happily to apocalyptic images, so maybe it’s just a passing storm. It’s getting kind of hard to tell. Everything is wet through and fee…

Kat - Laying on the Entertainment in the Congo

Last night, the only place we could find to camp amongst the densely forested islands of this stretch of the Congo was Mikania, a fishing settlement and transport hub for maize and passengers. However, it had taken on an air of abject desperation as hundreds of people had found themselves stranded o…

Congo: Life on Blood River

I’m very conscious that my past few entries have been very much focused on the hardships of travelling here, but that has so far been the overwhelming thing and has left little in reserve for processing the experience. We have been in Congo for 10 days now and I still have no clue as to how this cou…

Kat in the Congo - After the Cook's Arrest...

The day of our planned departure from Kisangani, our intention was to join the boat after lunch with the aim of finding somewhere to camp 25km or so downstream. (Notice the conspicuous absence of the word “plan”… this concept has by now been relegated to the realms of nice ideas.) However, the incre…

19 hours (at 30kms an hour) to Kisangani!

We arrived in Kisangani in the middle of the night after 19 hours on the road. This has been one of the longest and toughest road journeys I can remember undertaking anywhere. 470km from Epulu to Kisangani at an average speed of barely 30km per hour.For most of the previous evening, storms raged and…

Let the Congo Journey Begin!

If you know anything about the Democratic Republic of Congo, chances are that you will not be harbouring positive images of the country, at any point in it's past, present or future. Mr Kurtz' infamous "The horror.... the horror..." is undoubtably the most appropriate sentiment of King Leopolds reig…

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