San People in the Bushmanland

Trip Start Mar 01, 2009
Trip End May 28, 2009

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Friday, March 13, 2009

We are now in Grootfontein, which is a fairly modern town with internet cafes and coffee shops!  I'm on cook duty today so that means I have to go shopping with our cook Charlie and the rest of my cook group shortly!

We have stayed two nights in the same camp site which is a bit of a luxury as you don't have to take down the tents and pack everything away.  We travelled from N'Kwazi to Rundu on Wednesday and arrived late afternoon. Thankfully the sun has been shining pretty much since, so I took the opportunity to do my laundry....I'm not naturally domesticated so it took some time in a bowl with travel wash with clothes covered in sand. Ummm I won't be doing that again.  We had a bush kitchen and bar next to the pool which was good to chill out in.  We played Charades around the camp fire which was fun... I got Rainy Days and Mondays.... a bit of a challenge!!

Yesterday we went to see the San People who live in the Bush.  We had a few issues with the truck getting bogged in the sand and all had to get out and push it a few times. We have a good "rock and roll" system now to get it out of the sand and have had to be pulled out by random people with jeeps too! 

The San People made us very welcome, they showed us how they find their food...they grow a kind of potato in the sand which we tried...raw.  They showed us how they make traps to catch birds and find water that may be captured in holes in the trees.  We had a practice with a bow and arrow, all made from materials around their camp.  I got pretty close to the target but would have gone hungry if it was the real thing.  The men are quite short and lean, they wear loin cloths and have very pert buttocks!!  The women tend to have many children, which you can tell by their upper bodies.  They just wear clothing on their lower bodies and jewellery around their necks.

It was really hot and we had to walk to and from the truck for lunch about 1km.  I sat under a tree and made myself comfortable trying to catch up on some Zzzzz's.  Within a couple of minutes two children had climbed on top of me and wanted to talk and play and two others decided to braid my hair.  No sleep for me! They all have English names too.  They talk with a clicking noise so it's really diffucult for us to learn the words.  We also made a fire with a stick and some sand and a bit of wood, pretty impressive if you weren't in the Boy Scouts.

We are on our way to Etosha National Park where we will be camping for a couple of days, at different places.  The one tomorrow night has a famous watering hole (for the animals, not me! :-) ) which we can stay up at night to watch the animals come and feed.  I have some excellent photos and hope to upload them when we are in South Africa.

We have a few Irish guys on the trip and as it's St Patricks Day next week and we will be in the adventure capital of Namibia, Swakamund (?) it should be really good fun.  I'm hoping to do a Balloon ride and also quad biking.  One of the Irish Guys has his PADI so I may try diving again in S Africa.  They are in S Africa at the same time as me so I may get to do the Wine Route and/or Garden Route with them too!
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kathy1477 on

having fun
Lovely to hear your adventures Becky. I will think of you, when I too have a drink on St Patricks night.

Lots of love

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