The Namibian border was only a short drive from where we’d been staying at Shakawe. We were soon at N’gepi.
Mark’s offer overwhelmed us when we’d enquired about accomodation over the Christmas weekend. Since finding the campsites rapidly filling as Christmas approached we thought we’d better make enquiries before simply pitching up.
Mark invited us to stay in a reed and thatch Tree Hut, usually reserved for special guests and honeymooners! We were speachless! We never expected such generosity. What an amazing Christmas present for both of us and fantastic birthday present for Solveig. I could never have matched that! We had such a good feeling about being back at N’gepi again, almost as if we were home.
There are numerous signs dotted about the property. Mostly humerous, but there is a serious side too….
N’gepi is a fully sustainable property on the banks of the Kavango River – change of name in Namibia. By fully sustainable I refer to the various projects successfully embraced, such as all electrical power is from solar energy as well as hot water and water purification of water for drinking. Refrigeration in their kitchen is from a water and charcoal evaporation construction. Many of the vegetables and salads are grown on the property and there is an interesting sustainable tree project practiced by the many staff required to run a place of this nature and the locals.
The facilities like showers and toilets are so creatively constructed they’ve just got to be seen to be believed!
Late Christmas afternoon nature delivered the best present ever…much needed rain!
The heavens opened up and an almighty storm ensued as witnessed from our bed where we sheltered.
My dad’s Bass Saxophone finds a new home alongside my Autoharp and other instruments, hanging from the ceiling in a riverside lounge.
The sign says it all!
We stayed on for a further two enjoyable nights of camping after our complimentary Tree Hut stay. Thank you so much to all of those that made this such a memorable occasion for the two of us.