On Safari... Again

Trip Start Jan 10, 2006
Trip End Jun 02, 2006

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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Yesterday I called another homeopath on my way to Etosha just to double check that my meds weren't conflicting. Apparently, Namibia has an amazing homeopathic network. The doctor was very helpful and gave me a few tips on keeping malaria away. I asked her why there weren't more black Afrikans taking homeopathics since they're so inexpensive. She said the everyday Afrikan is too media-dazzled with western medicine... as if homeopathy isn't western medicine.

She cleared up my confusion about the two malaria meds. The one I was given in Capetown was Cinchona, a tree that, when ingested, causes similar symptoms to malaria. It has long been used to treat malaria. What I got in Swakopmund was the actual malaria nosode made from malaria-diseased tissue, like a vaccine.

I forgot to mention that we met a white South African named Mike at the hostel in Swakopmund. He turned out to be a potential contact we had already made before leaving the states. He went out to the welwitchias with us, and decided to stay on the road trip with us afterwards as he had to stay out of South Africa for a certain number of days to avoid taxes. So we are now seven in the van. Mike has been a mariner for much of his life. Now he sails around the world for Greenpeace, trying to screw up illegal European fishing operations, which are plentiful off Afrikan coasts. His wife is a permaculture teacher.

We arrived at Etosha just before sunset and set up camp. We watched an icredible lightning storm while eating dinner. The storm eventually brought in heavy wind and I found out at least one weakness of my hamock shelter. I ended up sleeping in the van while everyone else got soaked in the pouring rain that started around 2 a.m.

This morning we arose to drive through the park and find the animals. I wasn't so excited about this as my previous trip to Afrika was overloaded with safari. But this was a little more fun because of who I was with, and there was nobody to tell us to stay in the car. We saw some amazing creatures, including hyenas circling our van, a pretty chameleon, and a pride of lions at a distance. We ended up annoying the lions just enough to break their siesta. We also saw plenty of antelope and zebra and a few jackals and giraffes.

Then we exited Etosha on the other side and headed for Roy's rest camp at the turn off to visit the San.
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