@helene_fr : “The highlight of my trip was definitely the two-day excursion to Kidepo Valley National Park. I needed that excursion as I was still looking to film the ever elusive pangolin, and I was also looking for a main character for my video, someone who would speak for the whole story. After a trip full of surprises (the road was quite bad and our car broke down at some point), we arrived at the rangers’ headquarters and were assigned a soft-spoken ranger who kindly agreed to be filmed and interviewed. As it was nearing 4pm and I was getting worried about the falling light, we set off right away in search of pangolins. The park’s landscape was surreal: the light was soft, the sky was cloudy and the grass was making a delicious background noise, I thought I was in a Terence Malik movie. I got great soundbites from Denis, our ranger. At night I camped in a tent, which was a unique experience given that we were in the middle of Africa and so close to South Sudan. We set off the next morning at 6.30 am, still looking –unsuccessfully- for pangolins, but I got great shots and I was satisfied anyway. Sometimes luck strikes and you find great characters and everything becomes much easier.”
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