Ghanzi

Trip Start Aug 15, 2008
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Trip End Dec 16, 2008


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Monday, November 10, 2008

After Okavango we came to Ganzi. Ganzi is on the way to Etosha National Park in Nambia. Here we camped and got to see how the bushmen in this area had once lived.

Due to the white man and modern amenities the bushmen people don't live in bush as they once did and their traditions will not last much longer. The bushmen showed how their people had lived for generations. We went around in the bush and dug up various plants and the bushmen explained how they were used. One in particular was very interesting. It was a little flower, but once it was dug up it had a massive oval root. The bushmen then cleaned it and used a knife to scrape of flakes of the root. They rolled all the flakes into a small ball, squeezed it and water came running out which they could drink. Then they added a little bit from another root into the centre of the ball and held the ball in one hand while using the other hand to clap down on top of the ball. Suddenly the water started foaming. This was used for washing and it looked quite effective.

Christian also had his haircut at the camp later that afternoon. It was really about time and Cecilie was kind enough to help and handled the scissors expertly. It was also our driver Julius' birthday and we had his favourite dish ugali for dinner. Very nice. We sat around the camp fire for most of evening talking over beers.
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