Heard about this when Derek and David were here in January, typical far out happening in the land of Niassa. Mike Scott is a fantastic outdoorsman and is probably the best all around Guide and Logistics expert out there. I met him several years back in the bush with Derek. If you need a Logistics man in Africa, Mike is it!
As I mentioned in the last newsletter there would be the follow up story on the kayak expedition on the Lugenda River. Here it is , with links to the videos and photos.
In April 2012 I was part of a Kayak expedition on the Lugenda River in Niassa Game Reserve, Mozambique. We had been recording our journey with still photographs and a GroPro video camera. On day 10 the GoPro camera was lost in the river when a kayak capsized. We were sad and had little hope of ever seeing the camera again with all our precious footage.
In November 2012 when the river had receded to its lowest levels a local fisherman found this strange object in his catch. He sold it to a notorious group of poachers, who though it was secret spy ware used by the local safari operator to clamp down on their nefarious deeds. The safari operator’s undercover anti poaching unit got wind of this story and in one fell swoop, set up a sting operation where they netted the poachers and recovered the camera. The camera finally ended up in the owner’s hand in April 2013.
Hippo Attack (fortunately with Happy Ending) scene in full length: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Best Of White Water with GoPro Camera (1) (included in the Expedition Film): http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Best Of White Water with GoPro Camera (2) (not included in the film): http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Leon's Eskimo Roll with Native African Paddle (not included in the film): http://www.youtube.com/watch?
The GoPro Going Lost...and Being Found Again! (not included in the film): http://www.youtube.com/watch?