Bovu Island and Mr. John

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

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Monday, January 23, 2006

I woke this morning to find myself in paradise. It felt like I was near the ocean, because the ground was sand and I knew I was on an island. But, no, just on the Zambezi River.

We were to go back to mainland Zambia for a few hours of plant walking with an elder of the Tokoleza tribe, Mr. John. One of the Bovu Island staff, Godfrey, would be our translator. Godfrey was trying to learn the plants so that he could guide other guests in the future without Mr. John's help.

He showed us a lot of plants and harvested some greens for us to take home for lunch. It was a nice bush walk. All around were out-of-the-way homesteads of huts growing maize. We met one of Godfrey's two wives, and teased him some about how he might handle having two wives. Then we took the short canoe ride back to the island for lunch. We had found some reishi mushrooms (ganoderma lucidum) which we boiled up into a medicinal broth.

Later, we played some drums with some of the staff, and six of us got to ride in two canoes to a safe swimming hole. We could see hippos in the water off in the distance as we swam.

The stars were some of the more amazing I've ever seen. I guess I haven't yet mentioned these Afrikan skies. They're huge, a bit like Montana I suppose. But one thing about being here in the rainy season is that we've seen rainbows in the sky almost daily. I've found rainbow country.
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