There is nothing like a seaside holiday! Sunburn, warm tropical waters, white surf and miles of empty beaches. However if you add in some wild animals of consequence, such as forest elephants, buffalo, gorilla and leopard to that seaside holiday then you have the makings of an epic adventure. Our 6 week stay at a rough camp that we built on the beach at Lourie in Loango, was just that - an epic adventure where we camped right next to the surf, buffalo and elephant wandered by day and night and we were lashed by tropical thunderstorms that destroyed our camp two times. I managed to do several paintings. This was the best 6 weeks that I have ever spent in the African wilderness - EVER!
1/16 : Lourie Lagoon from the air.
2/16 : Myself, Antoine our guide, and Clarissa.
3/16 : Home sweet home for 6 weeks!
4/16 : Mid day visitor to our camp.
5/16 : Camping 'wilderness style' on a Gabon beach!
6/16 : One had to be careful while walking outside at night.
7/16 : The volume of rainfall during storms was truly awe inspiring.
8/16 : Aftermath of a particularly violent storm.
9/16 : Paul Augustinus at work on a Gabon beach.
10/16 : I preferred to work in the shade of the shelter.
11/16 : We saw a gorilla with young while walking across this Tassi clearing.
12/16 : This was a surprise!
13/16 : Forest buffalo were the most common animal we encountered at Loango.
14/16 : The signs of a grim past - European slavers graves!