Since we had a short drive today we were in no rush to pack up camp so sat chatting over a long drawn out breakfast.
Our first order of the day once on the road was to fill up with fuel back at Rundu turn off. There is a gas station on the corner into town. For some unknown reason it was taking the attendant a very longtime to fill us up. It was emptier than it has ever been but . . . The explanation was some sort of air bubble in the tank required to fuel to be dispensed slowly to avoid spilling. Elaine took the opportunity to chat up our attendant for the next hour while he sat, with a jacket on, fueling us up. She teased about the jacket as it was already very warm outside. She had him and others laughing and carrying on.
Good thing we were not in any hurry today.
Scenery along the road today was rather boring. Trees and scrub brush lined the road for most of the way. Al pulled off at a rest stop to have some lunch. In no time, four young local boys sat outside in hopes of scoring some left overs. That forced us to eat inside while trying to ignore the obvious begging boys politely as possible. We know not to encourage begging so we decide not to offer anything and wave goodbye. The little beggars threw rocks at our camper as we pulled out. We discussed our choice and couldn't help thinking that we are damned if we do and damned if we don't. Giving in to the begging just encourages begging from tourists and not giving anything probably instils a hatred toward tourists which may lead to racism. Hmmm. Quite a dilemma isn't it?what would you have done and why? I'm not sure what the answer is but the guide book suggests finding a local charity to donate to in the area instead of giving to individuals. What is the right thing to do?
Ngepi Lodge and Camp turn off approaches quickly. The road is long, narrow and soft sand. Hawaii would be pleased with this stuff. It's beautiful, white and fine. Along this road we continue to come across humerous road signs. Good thing, as they confirmed in our minds that we were on the right road. It is a long slow drive in. We realize that someone at this place has a good sense of humor when the signs are hand painted and read:
Not there yet!
Four wheel drive this way; two wheel drive keep going.
The four wheel and two wheel roads were side by side and no different. This sense of humor was confirmed right away upon arrival. I needed toilet facilities so I followed the sign to the ladies side of a reed hut building. When I entered there was no dividing wall between the male and female section, just two toilets side by side. One could enter through the gents side and end up in the same place. One toilet had a pink toilet seat cover and pink mat the other had the lid bolted in the upright position, obviously for the men. Very funny!
All the ablution sites were nicely built from reeds and open to the sky. Each was adorned with real flowering plants and trees with a toilet or shower area amongst the foliage. Each one also has a unique name. For example, the two next to our campsite were named, The Lav-A-Tree and Poop a Falls. To get to the latter you had to climb up a set of steps to a toilet set up very high in a wooden tower where you had a view for miles. Pretty clever! On the activity board by registration it lists an abolution tour which is free. The four of us walk our way around to the different abolution areas and take photos.
The showers are set up outdoors too with so many flowers and greenery around that you literally feel as though you are showering in an open garden. Our shower had a few wooden steps to a platform. The shower head was up into the greenery and you were hidden by flowers, vines, and trees. It had no door just a wooden bar you placed across the entrance to let others know it was occupied. Behind the shower was a sink with a mirror to wash your hands. Very cute! Everything here is solar powered too!
Ngepi Camp has a floating river swimming pool in the Kavango River with warning signs to caution tourists of the hippos and crocs. A lovely wooden deck is set out over the river to easily view wildlife. Hippos were there when we arrived for our sundowner drinks. Back at camp we shower and eat dinner.
Thank goodness the night cooled off and produced a bit of rain. The day time temperatures are still hovering in the mid-thirties. At least it is a dry heat. Maybe I picked the wrong time of life to visit a hot country such as Africa. My hot flashes are way more frequent in this heat.