|Hand-carved and decorated bowls|
|The Three Rondevels|
|A eucalyptus plantation|
Along the way we saw eucalyptus plantations, from which are logged the slim poles used in building houses and other structures. The poles are the trunks of the spindly trees, 2"-5" in diameter.
We also stopped at a place called The Potholes, if I remember correctly, a magnificently carved stretch of stone carved by the Blyde River (that's pronounced Blee-deh) into swirly shapes. Be sure to click on the image to enlarge it.
|The Shangan Cultural Village|
Arriving at the Shangan Cultural Village, we were given a tour of the village, including a talk on the family structure of the village, which consists of a chief, his many wives and their children.
|The Shangan shaman|
But there were no children there ~ only our guide, the chief, and the shaman, whom we were taken to visit. After our tour, we were served a traditional meal, which we were advised to eat with our fingers. I enjoyed scooping up the pap (it's pretty bland, but not bad) cooked vegetables, and other food, then licking my fingers ~ it does create much more of a connection with the food, somehow.
|House with a rondevel in the rear|
On our drive back, I noticed that many of the small houses, many of them built square with wood and with metal roofs, had small round rondevels in the back yard as a connection with their old village roots. You can see one in this suburb of Klaserie (I think that's where I took it).
|I examine the dung beetle for sketching|
|Sandy studies tracks on her laptop|
|The boat down the Blyde|
Another suggested activity for the Expedition was tubing down the Blyde River.
|The Three Rondevels from the river|
|Nyala buck and doe at waterhole|
|Giant millipede sketch|
|Grey Duiker at the rehab center|
And that's the end of today's entry! Next time you can come along with me to dwell in a charming treehouse high above the Klaserie River.