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Published: August 30th 2019
Day 7 was a bit of a rest day but as usual we both got itchy feet and needed to get out and do something. We started by taking the short bird walk around the lodge before breakfast and saw some beautiful birds and then went for breakfast. After breakfast we scoured the Internet and I came across a museum, a living museum. Never heard of this before so Googled it and found that it is a group of people showing how a tribe in Namibia lived and worked. Figuring the hotel must know something about it we asked the reception, no clue, we asked a waitress who had heard of it so she called their "tour guide" and he had no clue so we figured it must be good and decided to go find it.
Left the hotel and took the B8 back towards Rundu and on the way spotted a group of Angolans in the river on the opposite bank. The Angolan border is literally so close you could swim across in like 3 minutes, assuming of course you don't mind running the risk of the Crocks and you have any desire to go there in
the first place. It was only later today when reviewing the days haul of photos I discovered I'd inadvertently got some soft port. The people were obviously bathing and one young lady was topless. The people were waving so I took another photo, not sure if they were waving a friendly gesture or if they were furious because I'd taken some partial nude photos. The residents on the Angolan side live a simple life. They have no water or electricity and depend on the river for washing, drinking and catching fish for food. Living at the bottom of a vast country at the very tip of an enormous nature reserve they have a hard life.
We pressed on and to our complete surprise the museum was actually signposted. A 4km gravel road led us to the village and we went and met what turned out to be the guide. We gladly paid our entrance and toured the village and met the people. The tour lasted nearly 2 hours and was fantastic. We saw all the ways they made weapons, jewellery, boats, cooked etc. An amazing tour that culminated with a 15 minute music and dance show in
35C heat, they must get exhausted. If anyone reads this and they are passing through Rundu and have any interest in culture you should go, it’s well worth it and the souvenirs you can buy are actually made in the village by these people. Their website is very informative https://www.lcfn.info/mbunza
Feeling exhausted having sat in the shade watching the show we popped into Rundu and got some odds and ends and went back to the hotel where we had a light lunch then sat by the pool and had a nap.
At dinner the menu also serves as a guide to the activities the lodge runs. To our surprise they actually run a tour to the very same village. Tomorrow is also meant to be a rest day, watch this space.
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