Today was time to get out and explore the region around Serra Cafema and the camp had the ideal vehicle – quad bikes. After a thorough tutorial on their use by our guide, followed by 15 minutes of ‘follow my leader’, when he was gently assessing our levels of control, we headed out into the hinterland. We clearly had all passed.
Having crossed over the ‘rocky pass’ into the dune-belt we picked up speed and were soon carving our way over and around the dunes in line abreast, stopping to have features of interest pointed out to us. Personally it would have been far more of an experience had we not have to war full face helmets but clearly the Health and Safety ‘taliban’ have now even reached this far.
We pulled up just short of a Himba village to have a rest and let them know we were in the area – in case they couldn’t hear us! The Himba are one of the few truly nomadic tribes left in Africa who live a very basic lifestyle, on the edge of life itself – no running water, no electricity, no idea where the wood for their fires comes from, in fact nothing that we in the ‘developed world’ take as a human right these days. And yet they seem happy. Note to teenagers who are ‘bored’ and have ‘nothing to do’.