Saturday, 23'rd May. A trip to Sette Cama
This sand road is typical of the local roads. I saw one tarmac road and the
others were either sand like this one, or laterite.
The road follows the coast north, with the N'dogo lagoon on the right and the
Atlantic on the left. It also passes the much smaller Matsiegui lagoon on the
left, and the middle picture shows Ru about to follow a hippo trail down to it.
Here's the hippo road, but where are the hippos?
A bit further along the road to Sette Cama, we came accross some gorilla
footprints which we followed a short way into the forest. According to one of
Ru's books, sixty percent of the worlds lowland gorillas live in Gabon, which
probably isn't surprising given that so much of it is forest.
These spiders were both in a bit of jungle which led to a clearing by the N'dogo
lagoon, and it was from this clearing that I saw my first hippos of the trip.
I have a map of the world which shows Sette Cama, so I was expecting something
fairly big, but it's actually quite a small village. This is the main road into
It was a trading post in Victorian times though, and still has a graveyard from
IN LOVING MEMORY OF WM ROBERT SHERATON, OF ROCK FERRY, ENGLAND, DIED 18 AUGUST
1834. "THY WILL BE DONE"
Sacred to the memory of FREDERICK RHEAD OF ANFIELD, LIVERPOOL, DIED 10'th JULY
1895 AGED 31 YEARS
In Memory of JAMES LOWE WHO DIED ?? OCTOBER 1880 AGED 20 YEARS.
ERECTED BY HATTON & COOKSON.
The first two of these shots were taken from just beside the graveyard, and the
third was where we stopped for a late lunch further up the coast.
On the way back, between there and Sette Cama, we had our first Mangabey
encounter (there are better pictures of the White-collared or White-eyebrow
Mangabey in part 8). Quite a big group went by here.
The second picture is of an overgrown doorway of a building which used to be
home to a large group of bats, but unfortunately, they had all left since Ru's