View from the Tent
As night fell, I was still outside looking at the stars- they are incredible out here where there's no artificial light.
It's a perfect temperature, warm but breezy so there is no problem with the mosquitoes.
Sunrise and I looked over towards the guide's tent
They were busy
Suzi was still there as well- no bike rustlers had sneaked up on us in the night, although there had been a lot of animal noises coming from the bushes around us.
breakfast was soon ready
We felt like Victorian Lady Explorers having this sort of service, something I could quite get used to!
6.30am and off we paddle
Spectators are sparse
another sandbank to push the boat past
watched by various pedestrians (yes, they are STILL just wading across the river!)
Others are using zebu carts to collect water
A passing piroguier knows Fali and he paddles alongside us for 40 minutes chatting to our guys
There is a relaxed pace of life on the river.
We spot some people panning for gold and pull up in the shade of a large tree beside them
I check that Henny Penny is still Ok
she's got the bottom bunk underneath Suzi. Abi gives her a comforting hug