We are having a lovely breakfast at Murugo Hostel joined by KCCEM student Fred, Jean Luck and Tite, and Heather and Zoe. Well done to everyone for eating well all trip and of course to our wonderful chefs at KCCEM and Murugo hostel.
We are still sorting through our wonderful photographs and realised we hadn’t shared this one. It is an Angolan Colobus monkey, part of a large troop that we saw on the way back from Karimanzovu with the FAWE girls.
Breakfast soon and then to FAWE school for student presentations. Thanks again to all of you who have followed our posts and made comments we can share with the team.
Josh celebrated his birthday in Rwandan style thanks to Gerard organising a cake.
Before we head to Kigali our FAWE teams are completing their research posters for Monday’s event at the School. Research includes observations if the orchid species and the habitat including information on other plants found near the orchid species. The work is impressive and will be turned into a publishable article.
For our last trek in Nyungwe we explored the Ngabwe trail which climbs the mountain opposite KCCEM and then runs along its ridge at 2700m altitude. With our FAWE partners we explored a very diverse forest with secondary regrowth, primary elfin forest and wonderful Erica forest on the ridge of quartzite. We again found amazing wildlife including Nyugwe’s only venomous snake the sedge viper. This wonderful metre long green and black snake was hiding in a bush beside the trail.
We also saw flying squirrel, a troop of L’hoest monkey (mountain monkey) crossed the canopy above our heads and we saw Rwenzori turaco again with Jess finding these lovely feathers from the bird.
The plants were fantastic too including many orchids and the very rare insectivorous species Utricularia troupinii. The most abundant orchid was Disperis dicerochila shown below.
Tomorrow we say goodbye to Kitabi and head back to Kigali.