10.07.2017 30 °C
7 July 2017
We were on the road again at 7.30am. After an hour we stopped at the petrified forest and had a guide to walk us through. The large area is full of rocks that were once trees - you can see the wood grain in the rocks.
Stopped at a small supermarket in a run-down village … lots of people milling around and a very persistent guy trying very hard to sell trinkets. Along the way we finally saw a giraffe and some warthogs.
Around 12.00pm we arrived at the Himba village. I didn’t really like the Himba visit, it felt like it was all staged. They are very welcoming and want you to take their photo but there is a hard sell to buy their crafts at the end. The Himba people still live a nomadic life further north and the village was set us for tourists to learn about them. Some of the Himba volunteer to stay at the village (but it didn’t really look like they lived there). Traditionally the Himba women never bathe – they cover their body and hair with a mixture of animal fat and ochre and they use the smoke from herbs as a perfume.
We had lunch at the truck around 1.00pm and arrived at Outjo (Etotongwe Lodge) around 4.30pm. Dinner was once again at the truck - chicken soup, chicken and vegetable stew with potato.
Once again the roads were dirt with deep ruts and rocks sticking out. The NOMAD trucks often get flat tyres … our luck is holding so far. The road also has a lot of dry creek beds and we have to slow to a crawl to cross them. One wider dry river bed had deep sand and William warned that we might get stuck there but he made it across without any problems.
We’ve been on the tour for over a week now and the routine of early mornings and long days is very tiring. Everything I have is covered in dust. But it’s strangely liberating to not care that I’m wearing my dirty clothes for another day, and it doesn’t matter because they will just get more dust on them.