We had an indigenous bushman walk us through the Namib-Naukluft Park from a place called Sossusvlei to Deadvlei. He was one of the most fascinating characters we've met on this trip. He showed us edible plants for desert survival, animal tracking and many descriptions of local life in the desert. Our guide has never worn shoes, has mad dance skills and we could listen to his native language of click sounds all day long.As we walked through the scorching Namibian sun, we were thoroughly entertained by our guide. He demonstrated how he would have eaten a lizard… if he really needed to, which he didn't. He showed us how to find big hairy spiders under their trap doors in the sand with a small mirror and a stick. He pointed out about 30 different animal tracks. He gave us "Ostrich Salad" to try which was like eating salty tasting snap peas with the crispness of a bell pepper. This plant also only germinates when it rains. If just a single drop of water lands on the pod, it pops open revealing the seed. He showed us this with his water bottle. We also learned how to walk on the sand dunes. On the knife edges there is always a hard and soft side depending on the wind. He can translate human tracks into the age and condition of whoever left them… or can even tell if another man has been near is wife. Guys, you may want to stay clear of his bride for your own safety. All of the many demonstrations from our guide was accompanied with a dance of swiveling hips and flapping knees. He seemed to be running on a constant internal rhythm between his motions and his unique way of speaking. It was a pleasure spending a day with someone so filled with life. The scenery along the way was remarkable. The highlight was a dry lake surrounded by the sand dunes. The dead trees have been firmly planted there for thousands of years. Due to their long moisture seeking roots, the trees will never be blown over and the arid climate has preserved the wood. This site is likely to be here for thousands of years to come.
- In 2008 we (Meggan and Beau) set out to see the world and start a business. Since then we have visited 48 countries and we’re just getting started. Travel and design go hand in hand. Whether we’re on the other side of the planet, or down the street we always find things to inspire us.