November and December are the height of the rainy season in the Lomami Park and this has been a wet rainy season. A trip into the park is more complicated. BUT, with good porters and adequate audacity, it is still possible.
All the streams are overflowing…
… the biggest challenge is the Loidjo: not only is the river channel over its banks, the whole west riverside is flooded for a kilometer and some deep bayous are brimming over.
Loidjo is 20 km from the nearest village and our attempts at bridge making are not quite up to the challenge.
Usually the current is more than six feet below us. Okonda and Heritier, in the lead, found some of the major poles were washed away.
Junior took the pictures. We were travelling with Karsten who manages the Obenge base camp.
It was good to get to Katopa camp for a hot bucket bath and a cup of hot sugared tea.