Ngepi Camp

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Alison and Kate in a mokoro on the Kavango River

The sand road leading to Ngepi Camp seemed to be going nowhere, and for a moment we were all wondering where the hell we were going, because all we could see were villages. But Ngepi Camp, which sits on the banks of the Kavango River, turned out to be really nice; it reminds of a resort in Bintan (Indonesia) called Mana Mana.


We went for a short mokoro (canoe) ride up the river and saw some hippos and stepped on some squeaky sand. We didn’t see any crocodiles though. After the mokoro trip, we did a village walk, which was eye-opening.


Our first stop on the village walk was at the local “brewery”.

A chook house in a village near Ngepi Camp, Namibia
I didn’t try the beer this time (I visited a local “brewery” in Cape Town). This beer looked dodgy, and they didn’t offer it to us, anyway.


The kids in the village were a bit scary. The smallest kids were perched on the older kids’ hips, and all of them stood a small distance away and just stared at us. Their skin was the blackest black, and all of them had huge, almost yellow eyes. The kids seemed so different to children I’d met in Nepal ��" those kids were smiling and always asking questions. These kids here creeped me out a bit.


Fernando and I wished we’d been told to wear shoes (as opposed to thongs). We were freaking ourselves out because there was a lot of rubbish around; every time we thought we stepped on something sharp, we thought we were going to get HIV!


We met some ladies making baskets, and even though none of us wanted to buy any, they asked us for money.

An unusual bathroom at Ngepi Camp


After the village walk, we returned to our quality camp site, and I started thinking. I wondered if I’d signed up for the right kind of trip. I’m used to rough travel, and right now I’m not even tired yet, which makes me feel like this trip is like a “travelling for beginners” course.


I don’t know. Everybody comes to Africa for different reasons, but everybody comes because they want to see stuff they’ve never seen. Everyone wants to look at these things and think “Gee, I never knew those existed”, or, I don’t know... have some kind of experience that changes their life or the way they look at things. It’s not that I’m disappointed. Who could come to Africa and be disappointed? I’d just expected to be confronted in a very full-on sort of way. I think the experience must still be sinking in. That, or the real adventure is yet to come.


Whatever happens, one day, I’ll have to come back and travel around Malawi and East Africa on my own. I’m told I would love that part of Africa. So I’ll have to come back ��" sorry, mum!

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An unusual bathroom at Ngepi Camp
An unusual bathroom at Ngepi Camp
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