Together with my wife Clarissa Augustinus, in 2003 I made an interesting expedition to Langoue in the North East of Gabon. This was a pristine rainforest region, and entailed a train ride to the Invidio siding where I was met by Langoue's manager. He took us by vehicle along a rough forest track to a road head at the foot of an escarpment. We walked from there and several hours later arrived at the tiny, very makeshift research camp near Langoue Bai. We were there for several weeks and I was able to get plenty of material for paintings of the regions wildlife. This was my most successful rainforest expedition when it came to seeing abundant wildlife. However it was not a raw wilderness experience like our Ndoki adventures in Congo!
1/15 : The rough forest track leading towards Langoue.
2/15 : The road head. Here we shouldered our equipment a walked the rest of the way.
3/15 : A rest break on the long walk in.
4/15 : Several hours later we arrived at the base camp.
5/15 : Base camp. No amenities at all.
6/15 : The walk from the base camp to Langoue Bai.
7/15 : At the Bai.
8/15 : Filming the expedition was Clarissa's job.
9/15 : The clearing was a good place to see elephant and gorilla together.
10/15 : A forest sitatunga.
11/15 : Away from the clearing sightings became more difficult
12/15 : A fleeting glimpse of a gorilla in the trees above.