Mabibi beach camp was stunning and so was the beach. I could almost forget the endless minutes looking for tiny birds of certain colour that are definitely rare and need spotting. The guys take their birdwatching seriously.
The forests look stunning from afar, but the dunes are steep. We crawled through thickets, got snatched by spiky plants, and stepped on thorny Asparagus. The ultimate forest hike experience.
We did eventually arrive at most plots. Exhausted but ready to take the hemispherical images and soil carbon samples.
We encountered fires, used by locals to keep the grass low (so we think). And, we celebrated our achievement by watching a beautiful sunset at the lakeside trying to spot hippos and drinking the ice cold beer from the car fridge. Hoping for less harsh forest times. What little we knew.