It would make sense to visit the country of Angola while we're here, wouldn't it?
Unfortunately, it's not that easy.
We are here...
Hakusembe River Lodge
The country of Angola was virtually destroyed during a brutal 30 year civil war that ended in 2002. It's coming back now, but they have a backwards and complicated Soviet style Visa procedure that requires you to have a letter of invitation from someone within the country as well as official documents concerning your itinerary and purpose of travel, etc. All of this has to be pre-approved in advance before attempting entry into the country.
Not gonna happen, at least not this time around.
But, we spent much of the day staring at the opposite side of the river.
The front porch of our cabin faces the river.
And on the opposite side of the river, the local Angolan people have a very different lifestyle. It's not that there isn't a lot of people who live exactly the same way on the Namibian side...it's just that we don't sit and stare at them all day simply because their daily lives take place on the riverbank.
They bathe in the river. They wash their clothes in the river. They wash their dishes in the river. They fish in the river. They water their mules and oxen and cows in the river. And then they drink the river water. We don't know if they have any other source of water.
The village on top of the hill across from us.
Apparently these youngsters have been sent to do the dishes.
Washing the dishes.
They have these "living" museums here where they charge tourists to see what the local people lived like a hundred or whatever years ago. I would prefer to go to their village and see what they live like today. And understand how they do things and if they like their life and what they would like to change. They have no electricity. No running water, although there may or may not be a well. They've lived like this for generations. We think they are poor, but maybe they aren't. Maybe this is just the way they live. We're not sure, because we haven't talked to them.
We sit and wonder.
While they go about their lives on the opposite side of the river.
It's all just a little bit surreal.