Day 22 - evening
Day 15 - Northern Experience Tour
30 Celsius, dark night, hot
Having paid for the optional activity to watch a group of black locals do "African dances", at 6:30pm I was in the reception lounge, seated and all set for the show!
The performance wasn't starting until 7:00pm but that didn’t bother me a bit! Being the first one there, I had the best seat in the place! "As usual", was Michel’s only comment! Hehehe!
Wood logs were placed in the center fireplace and lit by one of the performers. Smoke rapidly filled the room making me wonder why they’ve done such a thing as I tried not to choke.
But there was a reason behind this and it was to soften the leather surface of their long wooden drums by the heat of the fire. Luckily for me, the wind rapidly changed course and the smoke went in another direction.
Under the tapping of the drums, young dancers came into the room one behind the other while swinging their hips from side to side. Their handmade African skirts made out of small bamboo sticks and beer caps tied at the end of the spaghetti look alike strips jiggled as they moved.
They danced in a circular fashion while singing high pitched notes in an African language. As they made gestures with their hands, they tapped loudly with their feet on the ground. I was hypnotized by their dance moving my head to the rhythm of the beat trying to focus while taking pictures!
One of the three black drummers wore his witchcraft hat made out of feathers attached to a leather rope! He kind of looked spooky with his piercing white eyes that bulged out from his dark black face!
The fire kept burning in the middle of the large room keeping at bay the mosquitos for the night. The dancing orange flame of the fire made it look as if voodooism was being performed but it was all part of the act!
Half an hour later, the performance was finished and we all clapped our hands thanking them for their show. Our hosts then brought us to another large hut, this one being the dining room.
An array of various homemade dishes were placed around a hot stove whereas on another large table various cold salads. The food was extremely good with lots of choices to choose from. For a person as fussy as I am, according to Michel, I devoured all my meal.
We made it back to our cabana in total darkness. At least we didn’t have to walk very far. Knowing that we had only half an hour to prepare ourselves for the night…..the electrical power being switched off at10:00pm, we rushed things up.
With only an oil lamp to light up the room, it was placed in the middle of the cabana. At least this way, we had a little bit of light which was much better than complete obscurity!
All tucked under my blanket and mosquito net, I watched the lamp’s flame dance away to gradually disappear from view as no more oil was left in it. The room rapidly became pitch-black, nothing could be seen but I certainly wasn’t deaf. Outside, the chirping of the crickets could be heard and other unknown chilling sounds of Mother Nature!
I rapidly fell asleep with those drum beats still in my head!Monique :-)Statistics of the day
- Namutoni Resort to Etosha National Park Exit gate - 1hr 30 min
- Etosha National Park to N’Kwazi Lodge: 7 hrs counting stopsTotal KM: 360 km