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Gombe National Park (T)

Michael Novins United States - 04-Oct-19

Gombe National Park (T)

In September 2019, I flew from Bujumbura to Kigoma on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania. My first stop was the Livingstone Memorial in Ujiji, which marks the spot where Henry Morton Stanley found David Livingstone, who had completely lost contact with the outside world for six years, in 1871 and greeted him with the four most well-known words in the history of African exploration: ”Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"  The next morning I traveled by boat for two hours northbound on Lake Tanganyika, the world's longest freshwater lake, from Kigoma to Gombe National Park, which was put on the map by Jane Goodall and her decades-long study of chimpanzees

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Virunga National Park

Michael Novins United States - 04-Oct-19

Virunga National Park

In September 2019, I took a bus from Kigali to Gisenyi on Lake Kivu, where I spent the night at the Lake Kivu Serena Hotel, and in the morning crossed into the DRC at the Grande Barriere border crossing.  I met up with the team from Virunga NP, who have an office in the same building as DRC passport control, and made the hourlong drive to Kibumba Tented Camp in Virunga NP.  The next morning, we climbed up the slippery slopes of Mount Mikeno, a dormant volcano in Virunga National Park, and after two hours met up with a group of 44 habituated mountain gorillas. We left them after an hour, all that visitors are permitted to spend with the great apes.

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Gasumo, la source la plus méridionale du Nil (T)

Michael Novins United States - 04-Oct-19

Gasumo, la source la plus méridionale du Nil (T)

In September 2019, I visited the tentative site with the least likely chance of being elevated to the list of World Heritage Sites.  While driving around central Burundi, we made a brief stop at what purports to be the southernmost source of the Nile, once permitted to flow freely and naturally, but recently tiled and made to look like a bathtub.

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La résidence royale du Burundi: Le cas de Gishora (T)

Michael Novins United States - 04-Oct-19

La résidence royale du Burundi: Le cas de Gishora (T)

In September 2019, I apparently commissioned Burundi's most famous drum site, the Gishora Drum Sanctuary, for an hourlong performance for an audience consisting of me and dozens of local children who saw me arriving, so decided to watch the show.

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La réserve naturelle de la Rusizi (T)

Michael Novins United States - 04-Oct-19

La réserve naturelle de la Rusizi (T)

In September 2019, I hired a small boat to cruise along the Rusizi River, which flows through Rusizi National Park in Burundi. I went looking for Gustave, a large Nile crocodile, who is suspected of having killed as many as 300 people along the banks of the river.  My search for Gustave was unsuccessful, but that could be because he hasn’t been seen in a few years and is rumored to be dead, but no one is certain.  But, I encountered several pods of hippopotamuses, which kill more people than any other African animal, other than mosquitos, and are estimated to kill more people each year than the combined total of lions, elephants, leopards, buffaloes and black rhinos, the Big Five.

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