Tour group to collect stories from ordinary Namibians (video)

11 Feb 2015 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 11 FEB (NAMPA) - Four well-equipped off-road vehicles carrying 11 adventurers to five African countries are in Namibia to record the stories of ordinary people in remote towns and villages.
The group calling itself 'Trap Spore in Afrika' (Making Tracks in Africa) is here for a period of 25 days.
The members, all from South Africa, strive to visit extraordinary places to meet those inhabitants sometimes ‘overlooked’ by millions of tourists traveling through the remote villages, regions, communal farms or even conservancies.
“We are touring through Namibia to look for all those hidden treasures and hidden stories,” said Neels Aldridge, adventurer and spokesperson of the group.
Shortly after arriving in Namibia, the group found what they are looking for in a road grader operator only known as Jacob in the Omaheke Region.
Aldridge said Jacob maintains the very same roads they need to travel on to get their stories.
While still behind the grader's controls, Jacob told the 'Trap Spore in Afrika' members his life story. To ensure the stories will not only be told to the adventurers, the group includes a television production crew.
“This man Jacob is one of our treasure stories we picked up thus far. Jacob is a grader operator for the past 12 years, and every month he grades about 1 650 kilometres of gravel roads,” Aldridge told this agency.
The travellers were welcomed in Windhoek by the local radio station 1FM Namibia.
They will travel to the west coast of Namibia and then to the Etosha National Park from where they will visit towns and villages in north-eastern Namibia, among others Tsumkwe and the Khaudum National Park.
The group will also visit other countries among others Zambia and Zimbabwe.