It is with great sadness that I bring the news that Mario Pinto, our close friend of many years and fellow founding partner of Eco Tur Angola, passed away on Sunday May 6 2012. For many, many years Mario “Zézé” was an unforgettable friend and companion on our many trips into the hinterland of Angola. His deep love for the country of his birth, his dedication to ecological tourism in Angola and his knowledge of its wonders, its peoples, their habits and cultures was profound. For us, those dusty tracks will be lonelier now. At this most painful time, we all realise that something special has been taken from us. All of us, as his friends, companions in the bush, and indeed all who had the opportunity to know him and share in his generosity and ready companionship, are united in remembering him with fondness and gratitude. M’bora prá picada !