A waterfall at the tributary of the Loutete River
Local fisherman, Boko-Songho village
The dugout boats made of mahogany, Niari River. Excellent craftsmanship!
At the Niari River
Lunch at the Loudima River
A hole in the mountain – a grotto near the summit
Grotto near the Boko-Songho village
Nkenke River after a strong rain
Siesta at the river bank
This is a nasty, spiny palm
Blossoming tree in the city of Point-Noire
The first flowers after the dry season (Ipomea sp.)
Blossoming plant Costus spectabilis
Water hyacinth Eichhornia crassipes
This is a little baobab – there are no really big trees in this area
It could be very hard to climb this seiba tree..
This is the least pleasant local plant – the bloom at these dry beans will burn your skin much worse than stinging nettle. Don’t touch it – it itches a lot.
Manioc bush has starch-rich roods
Now I know that the avocados grow on the trees
* Chirimoya is very tasty!*
Mangoes – green and ripe
Ripe mangos collected in the forest, November
In the mango groves along a creek
Jack-fruit could weigh 5-8 kg
At the beginning of the wet season the locals pick edible mushrooms
They look a little like honey mushrooms
The Loutete area is not densely populated, but the nature here is seriously depleted. The populations of big animals such as elephants or buffaloes do not exist here for long time. One could sometimes see small antelopes which are rather careful. Quite often it is possible to see the local inhabitants hunting with shotguns, but their kill is small animals and birds.
”Red bird” Euplectes sp.
I had not seen any big termitaries – only little ones looking like mud mushrooms a foot tall