Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Day 14: A boat ride, Travel, and Gisenyi

Today we got up early and took a boat ride on Lake Kivu. We went out to an island where we went for a brief hike and saw a bunch of fruit bats. They guide hit the trees and the bats went flying everywhere. Sadly poor Bethany got pooped on, which I’m sure was disgusting. Luckily we had plenty of wet wipes and hand sanitizer. We boated back to the shore and loaded up the cars. We then headed out for another 4-ish our car ride where we rocked around for a long time. We stopped at Gishwati, the field station started by Dr. Chancellor a few years ago. We stopped and met everyone, and got back on the road to get to Gisenyi. We checked into our hotel and then went right out to get food since we hadn’t eaten since breakfast. Then we went shopping and experienced the town. The local market where everyone from the town buys everyday items was a unique experience and many of us were shocked. It was a good experience, but it was a different one for sure. We bought a few things, and then returned to the hotel where some of us bought more stuff at a local shop outside the hotel. I’m glad I brought an extra bag just for the stuff I’m buying! Off to bed now, tomorrow is another early boat ride and then back in the car!

View from my hotel room this morning. You can see the sun rise and the fishermen sing as they come to shore from a night of fishing in lake Kivu.

View from the boat

The bats take to the skies!

1 comment:

  1. Would you add your bat photo as a citizen-science observation to the AfriBats project on iNaturalist?:

    AfriBats will use your observations to better understand bat distributions and help protect bats in Africa.

    Please locate your picture on the map as precisely as possible to maximise the scientific value of your records.

    Many thanks!

    PS: these are straw-coloured fruit bats (Eidolon helvum)