Damaraland and Toyotas

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

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Swakamond Bush Camp

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Monday, March 16, 2009

We travelled for about 5 hours from Etosha to Damaraland for our bush camp.  We were lucky as there were actually bush toilets (a loo with a bit of canvas around it) in the middle of the grass near the camp!  We got set up with our tents (we were last again!) and then headed off with one of the local guides to go on a nature walk.  The scenery was amazing. There are lots of rocks, big ones, the closest thing they resemble is Ayers Rock (Uluru) in Oz.  They are a similar colour (a rich earthy red/orange) and are very big.  We didn't get off to the best of starts as Darragh (one of the Irish guys) managed to stand on a snake (a horned adder). The guide said not to worry as their venom is mild, but he didn't get bitten anyway. We were all a bit more cautious with where we walked.  We found a cactus which is very posionous and has killed many people in the past. I will post the photos.

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. 
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