Life on the Pulaku Trail – Part Deux

Finally arriving in Dakar at the end of our journey, we’ve had a chance to look back on the last 6 weeks. It’s been quite an adventure, and thankfully we’ve made it through with relatively few scrapes and bruises.

We’ve compiled a video of some of the highlights:

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It’s a long one – nearly 10 minutes – but we’ve discovered quite a few comedic gems in our collection of footage!

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We had some fun with the camera remote while camping near Segou, Mali.
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On this particular evening, we didn’t find a Fulani camp to host us, so we slept in the bush.
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A common sight throughout West Africa: large groups crowded in front of a small television to watch football games. We found this particular scene in Kankan, Guinea.
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Throughout our journey, we crisscrossed the Niger River. Fortunately there were bridges at most of the crossings. We captured this shot of women doing laundry while the children play in eastern Guinea.
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Guida takes a rest while hiking in the Futa Djalon near Douki, Guinea
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And he demonstrates a uniquely African way to cary his water bottle.
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Further down the trail, Christoph plays tarzan.
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Guida cools off in one of the many stream crossings.
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True to his Fulani roots, Guida has a tender moment with a cow.
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“Look mom: no hands!” – Christoph scales the rock formations.
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En route to Senegal, we saw this stunning rock formation, a natural carving of a woman’s face.
She is known is “La Damme de Mali” – the Lady of Mali.
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Christoph’s motorcycle kept him safe, thanks to an Arabic blessing – Mā šāʾ Allāh (ما شاء الله) translates roughly to mean “God has willed it”.
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Arriving in Dakar, we took an afternoon to relax on the beach
Finally, we’ll conclude with a collection of the many places we laid our heads to sleep on the Pulaku Trail.
Each morning Guida awoke before Christoph, snapping a photo of Christoph snoozing or rubbing the sand out of his eyes:
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Wungu, Ghana
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Walewale, Ghana
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Cinkansse, Togo
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Djenne, Mali
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Mango, Togo
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Bamako, Mali
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Samecouta-Peul, Senegal
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4 Responses to “Life on the Pulaku Trail – Part Deux”

  1. Kathleen Graf says:

    Hi Christoph! Great pictures. What a trip. I’m sure it will be with you all your life, and who knows, maybe you will meet up with the Fulani on an upcoming assignment. All the best, Kathleen (ICRC)

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