As a passenger on a recent trip to the Kavango Region, north of my Home, I was able to spend the journey taking pics of the passing scene.
I don't have stabilizers on my lens and, travelling at 100 to 120 kph, it's not easy to capture sharp images - I took a few thousand photos and managed to salvage these, I hope you find them interesting:
Most Dwellings in this area are made of wood and mud, with thatched roofs.
A young boy transports water in a Drum on a cattle-driven sled.
Transporting water is a major hassle and chore for most people in the region, the exercise can take a whole day - water is collected from communal water points, mostly very far from people's homes - lucky are those who live close to the boreholes and wells.
An example of the Nguni cattle breed found in the area. Nguni cattle are known for their fertility and resistance to diseases.
A young Cattle-herder atop his Donkey.
"Best Gloomy House" - one of the numerous Shebeens along the road.
I've got hundreds of pics of the sometimes comically-named Shebeens which are also known as 'Cuca Shops' - enough for a whole separate Post sometime ...
Kids using a net to catch fish in a pond.
Our destination was the Ngepi Campsite on the Okavango River, close to Divundu.
It was great to be amongst old, big Trees again - most people use wood to meet their basic energy needs and the smell of Woodsmoke is always in the air; sometimes just a faint whiff and at other times overwhelming but, - ever present.
I've never been anywhere outside Southern Africa and I imagine that if I was on another continent, the one thing that would make me totally homesick is the smell of African Woodsmoke ...
Dozens of Thatch-sellers were camped along a length of the road.
Thatch is mostly used for the roofing of rural homes and also for creating Features (Lapas) in wealthier homes, hotels and game lodges.
Three young women stride along the road carrying sheaves to one of the Thatch Dealers.
The harvesting of thatch Grass is a seasonal and often the only source of income for many people.
Mbeyo Baptist Church - the walls are built with a stick frame which is filled with mud.
A young Hunter stalks a bird, catapult at the ready.
Transporting water on a Donkey.
... to be continued ...