Damaraland and Toyotas
Trip Start Mar 01, 2009
30Trip End May 28, 2009
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Where I stayed
Swakamond Bush Camp
Damaraland is rich in crystals, some people spend their whole life looking/mining for them.. few people get rich by it though.
It was very hot for us to wander around and there was not a great deal of shade. We got taken to a cave where there were paintings dating back several hundreds of years. Apparently when there is a picture of a rhino or elephant it means that there is water in the direction that the head is facing.
As there were no showers we climbed up one of the rock to a rock pool, which was really nice to cool off in. There were a few tadpoles swimming around, but nothing else that I'm aware off.
In the evening we had a group of dancers (or should I say chancers) from the local village. They had come to perform some singing and dancing. They were dressed in Springbok skins and that is about as authentic as it got. They sang us a couple of songs, they were really bad. It was like listening to someone with their i-pod headphones still on! They sang one song which made me cry with laughter as it was about a Toyota that went beep, beep, beep. We all thought we were hearing things at first, but they were genuinely singing about a Toyota car and did the hand movements like they were driving the car! They then asked if they could have a break and for us to perform a song for them. We did the Okey Cokey! It was worth the $2 just for the entertainment value!
Some of the guys climbed to the top of the rock and camped up there to see the sunrise. Mardy, my tent buddy and I had to look out for each other when using the "facilities" as there are leopards and snakes around. We got to know each other a lot better after that experience. It didn't help that when we were walking back to the camp one of tour leaders decided to jump out of the bushes to frighten us!
As the temperature drops significantly at night it was much easier to sleep.