Skeleton Coast…

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The Skeleton Coast is not named for all the shipwrecks and sailors that died, but for all the whale skeletons found. The Bushmen called this coast “The land God made in anger.”

 

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As far as you can see, there is nothing here. The roads are made of salt and the wind is fierce.

My dream…

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There is a cheetah farm in Namibia. These lucky people have 4 pet cheetahs and 9 wild cheetahs. The tame cheetahs live at their house and play with the dogs. 

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I can’t believe we were able to play with these cheetahs for an hour. They purred when we petted them.

On our way to Purros…Namibia

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How would you like to be this lone giraffe in the middle of nowhere?

 

 

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A traditional Herero woman showing us the way.  They have adopted their way of dress from the German Missionaries. The German Missionaries came to Namibia in the late 1800’s. 

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A little shop in the middle of nowhere. We stopped to have a soda, but there was nothing to buy! We had been on a 4×4 track for a few days and were hoping for a cold drink.

The Himbas of Opuwo, Namibia

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We spent the night in a Himba village. These boys used our table as a jungle gym.

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Girls night out! (Literally) The woman stayed up all night singing and dancing to celebrate a girl’s coming of age.

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Look at the ornate hair of this Himba woman. It’s actually extensions covered in red ochre. Her big necklace is a sign that she does not have children.  

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Look at all of that jewelry! They are still living their traditional ways. The girl on the left moved to the city, but she did not like it and moved back to her village. The girl in the middle is one of the chief’s many wives.

 

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The Village Chief and his sons. He was very curious about our culture. 

Sans Bushman, Namibia

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We stayed the night in a San’s village. Everything they make comes from nature. This is going to be a bow string made from a plant fiber.

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 In a trance, the medicine man waits for an answer. He needs to know what to use to heal a patient. The ancestors give him the cure. The medicine man rubbed his charcoal burnt hair on us and blew in our ears to scare away evil spirits.     

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Mom made some new friends and we bought some of their jewlrey made of ostrich egg shells.

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 This is Lily whittling her own bow. They also showed us how to dig up tubers and drink water trapped in a tree.  The Sans can live with very little water and made fun of us for buying water in a store.

 

 

 

 

 

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Miles went hunting with the Bushman. He’s using the bow he made.  The Sans aren’t allowed to hunt animals anymore, so we shot at a target. Now they are forced to shop in a store.

The Kalahari

 

We met up with an American family driving around Africa, so we went to the Kalahari together.

 

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Here we are searching for the black maned Kalahari lion! It was great to meet a family traveling Africa.

 

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We were lucky to see the famous Kalahari Lion.

 

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The Forte’s got stuck right after the entrance gate. They took a side road when everyone told us not to. This is why you do not travel alone. My Dad had to help the park rangers dig themselves out more than once. The crazy thing is that they were going to rescue people that were stuck for three days.