Day 22 - afternoon
Day 15 - Northern Experience Tour
35 Celsius, sunny blue sky, hot
My journey continued as we travelled north for many hours on a paved road. We were heading to our accommodations for the next two nights being further away passed a town called Rundu in the Kavango Region of Northern Namibia.
Many huts and shacks were seen along the route, homes of the poor black people of this country. Young and old, many of them walked barefoot along the road carrying buckets of water on top of their heads. They had gotten it from a river a fair distance away, no infrastructure being set up to bring it to their small villages where their huts were built on land that didn't even belong to them!
A short stop was made at an "Animal Control Disease" checkpoint where no problems were encountered as NTando spoke with a police patrolman. As a precautionary measure and as instructed by Alex, we had kept all of our shoes in bags under our seats and not in our suitcases in case we needed to have them sprayed. It wasn't required.
This red-line fence was meant to prevent diseases such as foot-and-mouth and mad cow to be spread between commercial cattle ranches of the south from the communal free range herds of the north. Being cleared, we were allowed to continue with our journey heading north!
Cattle was everywhere along the side of the roads eating away at the grass. Luckily for us, no cows or bulls were foolish enough to cross right in front of us where they would have rapidly become dead meat!
And then as my journey continued more north, the paved road became a rugged one and we were back to those free massages and persisting rattling noises of the vehicle, a constant reminder that we were in a third world country.
More bovine animals were seen but in this particular instance young black boys were riding the bulls. It was interesting enough to watch them maneuver these animals as they smiled and waved at us while we took pictures.
The drive was long but I was comfortable inside Mhondoro with the air conditioning working properly and ample of water to drink and snacks to eat even though my back was starting to hurt a bit. At least, I had my neck cushion to put behind.
As we drove, the temperature continued to be hot outside the vehicle! I could feel the sun’s rays piercing through the windows but hey, they weren’t on me, Michel was the one sitting near the window! Hehehe!
The last 3 km were done by driving on a winding and bumpy dirt road that led all the way to N’Kwazi Lodge, our home for the next two nights! Monique :-)