Category Archives: Lomami River

Delcommune: Colonial Champion of the Lomami

In 1889, Delcommune killed these hippos on the Lomami just south of the rapids we call Badinga and he called Lissambo. Early European travelers on the Lomami fed their troops by killing hippos and elephants.  The Lomami’s first advocate was the 19th century businessman, Alexandre Delcommune. He was more than an entrepreneur – he was […]

Two Red Colobus-Two Sides of the Lomami River

Handsome, seemingly pensive, red colobus on the west bank of the Lomami River, Piliocolobus tholloni. Red Colobus are among the most beautiful – and difficult — of primates. Their cloaks of red, black and white enchant, but are elusive. Until now, this did not matter in the Lomami National Park. We had only one “sort” of […]

A Rainy Season Crossing to the Lomami River

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. The porters are checking their loads before leaving the last village. All the streams […]

Villages and Gunfire along the Lomami

Karsten and his team returning to Obenge after third time under gunfire in less than a month. We planned to meet part way. John, Matthieu and myself were to take a dugout moving downstream from Katopa camp. In the meantime, Karsten who now directs activities at the northern Obenge camp would take a dugout upstream. […]