Welcome to the Jungle

Central African Republic

Rachel catches some shut-eye on the flight into C.A.R.

Rachael catches some shut-eye on the flight into C.A.R.

…Arriving in the 30 degree heat of Cameroon yesterday was a sensational change from the biting winds of Mongolia.  In fact, if you’d have asked me last week to describe the complete antithesis of Gobi desert calm, then the heaving sweaty crowds of Douala airport baggage reclaim would have borne an uncanny similarity to my forthcoming suggestion.  Add to that an untimely electricity blackout the precise moment our 46 bags began emerging on the baggage conveyor belt and you have yet another fantastic welcome to the next country in Human Planet’s relentless agenda.

Cameroon was to be but a brief encounter.  We travelled here in order to connect with a Dornier 228 fixed wing plane that we chartered to fly into the Central African Republic this morning.  It all seems like a dream to me now as I sit typing this, accompanied by the gentle honk of a nearby hornbill and a cool breeze on my face.  After flying over continuous jungle for 2 hours we are now finally in its midst.  Staying one night here in a lodge by the banks of the river Sangha before moving onto our jungle camp tomorrow and an exciting chance to spend a couple of weeks with the pygmy Bayaka tribe.

I've heard the spiders are this big!

I've heard the spiders are THIS big !

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9 Responses to “Welcome to the Jungle”

  1. susane says:

    very nice! i am expecting some more photos from C.A.R

  2. Anonymous says:

    waooo!!excelente amigos

  3. Lizyrene says:

    There is but one reason you took the first photo. I don’t think I need to specifiy. I love the web site. I put it on my blog and I hope it gets loads of hits.

  4. Timothy says:

    I assume you are talking about the interesting walnut veneer found on the inside of a Dornier 228?
    Thanks for the plug.

  5. Ralf says:

    I’m jealous as always. CAR is one of the countries I have a fascination for… That and every other hidden corner one barely hears about… Have fun and be cool (or at least try to have a cool beer, preferbly served by monkey waiters)

  6. Timothy says:

    Hi Ralf, good to hear from you after all this time. You might be interested to know we’ve been filming in the NE Frontier States. I bet you can guess where! Still one of my most favourite places in the whole world.

    Safe travels

  7. Twenga says:

    Just to say that I love your pictures and your blog is great!

  8. Timothy says:

    Glad to have you along for the ride!

  9. marina k. villatoro says:

    I heard they are that big too! Amazing shots, I found you through travel blogs and now will be following you!
    The Travel Expert(a) – Living and Traveling Central America

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