Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Nkwazi Lodge

Traveling to our new destination, Rundu, was quick and a little boring. Why? Because we were traveling on tar roads the entire time and what there was to see, sped by too fast to even note.

We were stopped at a road block for disease control.  We were warned that they are strict and would take all our milk, butter and meat.  We would have to get out and walk through a control bath with our shoes and all the other shoes in our possession.  The car and trailer would naturally also have to pass the same thing.  Much to our surprise they only asked the 2 Namibian questions and wished us a good journey.

Along the way there are many small settlements, all very close to the road.  They trade in poles, thatch grass, pottery, and woodwork.  Very professional and neat.  Quite a different story to that of Ovamboland.  The other notable difference is that Shebeen's did not feature anymore.  In its place was Salon’s and Barber shops.  The odd Shebeen popped up like the one in the photo that has a "No under 18" notice.  But they are few and far between.

Rundu is not as big as I expected. It was about 3 pm Saturday afternoon so all the shops were closed already.  We drove through the residential part of town.  Lots of everyday stuff happening.  The local flea market or mini markets were still a buzz with trading.  Next time I will take a photo of the meat market!  It reminds me of the time we went to Mexico 22 years ago. If this is what is to come we will not be eating meat any further on this trip. Best I stock up on pasta and tuna.

We traveled for about 8 km through rural settlements to arrive at N’kwazi.  A lovely spot right on the river.  The gardens are well established under big shade trees.  They have a restaurant, pub and cabins.  The camp site is not their first priority but it was fine.  A large number of youngsters (15-16 ) were already settled in the camp site.  They were there with Chemeleon Safari’s.

Almost just as soon as we set up camp we started catching up with the blog.  We got far behind with the entries as we have not had adequate internet reception.  We went on for as long as it took before the cold got to us. 

Next day, Sunday……we tried to sleep a bit late.  Forget about that!! Not with a lot of campers on your doorstep and birds and chickens and donkeys and generators etc.  We continued with the blog and managed to get the lot done.  We are on track! Sjoe.

Next up was the washing.  Clothes and bedding.  This has to be done by hand wherever possible.  The other thing is one has to stay at least 2 days in a place to be able to do washing else it does not get dry.  So with a whole lot of washing, disgustingly dirty (dust), cleaned and hung in the communal spot.  I went to have a nap.  How stupid of me………in a camp? What was I thinking?  Well, I laid there for as long as I could before getting slightly irritated with all the noise.  More people were arriving and by now camp was full.

They had traditional dancing on Sunday night.  It is the staff themselves that dress “down” after work to do this for the lodgers.  They were not as good as the ones at Etosha and one got the feeling they were not into it.  All the same, it was nice.

We made a braai and very soon went to be as a cold front arrived from SA and it was very cold next to the river.  I read Carlos’ book and he tried to do some more photos on the blog.
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