This morning 8 of our party were up at 5 am to go on an organised mountain trail to see wild life, in particular chimpanzees. They had a wonderful time. What they saw and heard far exceeded their expectations. They saw a very active colony of chimpanzees, a large number of Dent’s monkeys and also a very large baboon, looking very aggressive. Without their calm ranger guide, they would probably have run away.
We were privileged to welcome 5 Congolese pastors to lunch but the first one arrived at 7 30 am. After lunch we held a little ceremony when we presented them with water filters, African bible commentaries, reading glasses and other small gifts. We were moved by their speeches of acceptance. They are so appreciative of what we bring them. They told us of the effectiveness of the water filters in reducing water borne diseases; also that the commentaries were very valuable in strengthening and encouraging the faith of Christians.
We had the usual drama at the border as we negotiated a price for carrying the water filters 20 m to the waiting cars!