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Heart of Africa Expedition Resumes

Africa explorer-conservationist J. Michael Fay is in the Central African Republic for the next six weeks, completing an expedition he started in 2014, retracing as best he could the footsteps of the 19th Century American Game Hunter-Explorer William Stamps Cherry. Fay, a former National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and recipient of numerous National Geographic Society grants, has also worked for decades for the Wildlife Conservation Society. His transects through some of Africa’s most remote and inaccessible wildernesses (among them the National Geographic-sponsored Megatransect and Megaflyover) rank among the most significant in the history of exploration of the continent. Fay transmits brief text messages and the maps of his position via satellite, from his Garmin GPS unit. He will add photos to his updates when he has access to the Internet, possibly not until after his exploration is completed.

March 11, 2017–We are in position, camping on the Chinko river, after all-day drive today. Heading north on Chinko tomorrow.

We traveled 10 km map distance today. The team is tired … [we are carrying] 60-lb packs. We need lots of food for six weeks. As days go on, we will walk further.

We saw one herd of cattle today, no people. The only wildlife we saw was a few warthogs, bush pigs and black and white colobus monkeys.  These are all species Muslims don’t eat, so these are the only species found here now.  – J. Michael Fay

Today's Garmin reading reports Fay on the banks of the Chinco river on the eastern side of the Central African Republic. This was the same area traversed by the American explorer William Stamps Cherry in the late 19th Century.
Today’s Garmin reading reports Fay on the banks of the Chinco river on the eastern side of the Central African Republic. This was the same area traversed by the American explorer William Stamps Cherry in the late 19th Century.

Fay map 3

Africa explorer-conservationist J. Michael Fay is in the Central African Republic, completing an expedition he started in 2014, retracing as best he can the footsteps of the 19th Century American Game Hunter-Explorer William Stamps Cherry. Fay, a former National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and recipient of numerous National Geographic Society grants, has also worked for decades for the Wildlife Conservation Society. His transects through some of Africa’s most remote and inaccessible wildernesses (among them the National Geographic-sponsored Megatransect and Meglaflyover) rank among the most significant in the history of exploration of the continent. You can read all his dispatches at Expedition Through the Heart of Africa.

Comments

  1. John Sullivan
    Alexandria, Virginia, USA
    March 14, 10:03 pm

    Is there fishing along the Chinko RIver? If so, please take photos to document it.

  2. Mark Pearson
    Obo Central African Republic
    March 14, 2:56 pm

    Come and visit me in Obo, probanly the greatest fan of WSC in the C.A.R. Just ask Peter Gwin!