Visit to the Bushman's paradise!
Trip Start Aug 26, 2009
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Our campsite was located at Spitzkoppe (in German this literally means pointy-head)
The bushman also gave us some interesting information on the area and its German heritage. We also learned about the Bushmen themselves and some of their customs and culture. Bushman speak is very interesting, the language contains four different types of clicks. They are made in different parts of your mouth to get the different sounds. When he talked for a time, it sounded really neat!
He also told us about the rhinosauras grass (the plant that he is standing beside in the photo). Rhino grass is poisonous and many people have died from ingesting it or inhaling it (mistakenly use it in building their fires)
In the late afternoon, we spent our time lounging at the campsite and climbing up on the smooth rocks around the campsite. I climbed up just fine; it was the going down that caused me trouble. I listened to the boys (problem number 1) and instead of crawling back down the rock (like a girl) I ran down the rock (like a silly boy). So we all know how these crazy ideas turn out; I ran just fine until I got to solid ground and had too much momentum to keep myself upright and fell over (although I still maintain that Dan should have caught me, he was right there!). Don’t worry though, I was not seriously hurt (except maybe my pride) and if you want to see the video Chris caught the whole thing on tape! There is a fee of $5 though (to cover my emotional distress) =)
In the evening we went into a cave area and had a campfire. We played campfire games and introduced the world to a Canadian S’more (well at least a variation of it; we could not find graham crackers so we had to use tea biscuits). We also spent some time watching the stars without the hindrance of city lights. I tell you, the night sky in Africa is full of millions of stars and really makes you realize the vastness of what is out there.