Rugged road leading to Namibia's tribes!

Trip Start Mar 02, 2013
Trip End Apr 04, 2013

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Day 18 - morning

Day 11 - Northern Experience Tour
              30 Celsius, sunny, cloudless

This morning as we walked along the pathway leading to the main lodge for breakfast, the sun slowly rose above the mountains and over the Damaraland plains.  

The sky appeared on fire making me pause for a moment as I watched the stunning sunrise!   It felt good to be here with peace of mind and no worry at all where one could feel the region's vibes.   Yes, life was good here.....and our planet of ours, quite beautiful!  

By 8:00am, my African journey continued as I sat inside Mhondoro!   The rattling noise persisted to be heard and the constant vibration to be felt as we continued to drive on Namibia's bumpy roads leaving a trail of dust behind us! 

The sky was once again cloudless and blue while the air, hot and dry in preparation for another roasting day ahead of us.  And you know what; I still loved every moment of this heat.

We were driving in the mountainous wilderness region of Damaraland renowned for its outstanding natural beauty and striking landscape!  Home of the elephant and black rhino, unfortunately none were seen!  The only wildlife spotted were baboons!

In the horizon, mountains appeared scorched by the sun’s intense heat and stood like still images in the open terrain and grasslands!  I never got bored to these impressive scenes being unveiled one after the other in this deserted region.

Along the rugged road, a few tiny little shacks were seen with people selling anything from handmade crafts to colorful rocks.   With the promise of us buying at least something in return, NTando stopped at one of these huts!   Yeahhhh!    We were finally going to have a closer look at some of Namibia's tribe people in this remote part of the country!
  A woman of the Himba tribe who appeared taller than six feet tall stood bare-chested with skin all covered with a mixture of some kind giving it a reddish dye!  She never smiled during our brief stop here while the other women of the Herero tribe appeared all cheerful and happy with their bright wide smiles on their dark brown faces.  They wore long cotton robes of brightly colors and hats that looked like boats!  As for Michel, he thought the hats looked more like UFOs!   Well, you be the judge!  

It was a good thing that NTando spoke the language of these people because otherwise, I don’t think we could have communicated at all!   We each took our turn having our pictures taken giving them money in the process.  

Granola bars were given by me to a little boy who must have been at least a year old.   Holding him briefly in my arms while Michel took some pictures, I just hoped he’d hurry up.  

You see, the kid had no diaper on and I surely didn’t want him to pee all over me!   So even though Michel deliberately took his time in the world to take the pictures…..hahaha…...luck was on my side!

After waving goodbyes, we were back inside Mhondoro and continuing our journey of ours towards Twyfelfontein where more discoveries were just waiting for us to lay eyes on!

Monique   :-)

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Patrick on

Nice mountains... I guess you met with locals... And I guess they didn't know you were coming.... One of them forgot to wear a Tshirt hehehe

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