This morning we got off to a bright and early start to go chimp tracking. After saying goodbye to Rukungiri at 6:00 AM, we drove about two hours northwest and began tracking in the rain forest by 8:30. We got very lucky, seeing two chimps and two monkeys during our hike. Our first sighting was a mother chimp and her baby who were particularly photogenic and I was lucky to quickly photograph. Then we saw a blue monkey and another chimp. Later in the day we relaxed at a hotel with an amazing view of the Great Rift Valley and the distant Congo. The flat landscape is a complete change from the hills of Rukungiri. Tonight at our hotel a few of us went on a short walk to get a sneak peak of the Kazinga Chanel which we are visiting tomorrow. There we saw close to a dozen hippos in the water. Annie and I thought they were so cute but our guide tells us they can be pretty dangerous creatures. The view from the hotel and the hippos are making me so excited for our safari tomorrow. I hope we are as lucky as we were with the chimps this morning!
- Halle, BoD