The Land of the Gross Barmen


This weekend we headed up north for a wedding, which enabled me to take a few more pictures of this beautiful land to show you workshop hermits what is out there in Africa. Because we left after work, we only managed to get about 100 km down the road before dark. We found some shelter at this resort by the name of (I kid you not) Gross Barmen.

When I saw this I thought we were going to have a ball of a time, but alas there were no uncouth staff to be found. In fact, most of the staff were pretty tidy (albeit ever so slightly challenged in the work ethic department) and certainly outstanding from a cordiality point of view.



Anyway, I took these pictures while consuming Gin and Tonic (as Malaria prophylaxis of course) under an African sky. You can hopefully appreciate how the colours change every few minutes as the sun sets. There really is nothing like an African sunset.




This little guy came looking for something to eat.



This pool is probably between 25-30ºC. It was an absolute joy, especially for the kids.



The next day we drove another 450 km to a lodge just outside Etosha. This Blesbok did it’s best to keep the grass nice and short.



My new mate while reading and drinking G&T (for prophylaxis remember).




Some African furniture, just to make sure there is something woodwork related in the post. It was made of Rhodesian Teak, more recently renamed Zambian Teak.



My daughter and her new friend.



Most of the next few creatures were in cages, but the best thing about living here is that you are more likely to find one outside a cage than inside.


This is one of my favourite companions in the bush, the Grey Go-Away Bird (or Kwêvoël in Afrikaans).



I hope you enjoyed this episode of “The land of …”

2 thoughts on “The Land of the Gross Barmen”

  1. Gerhard,

    Your sunset photos are fantastic! Thanks for posting this, I really enjoyed reading it.


    1. Thanks Jonathan,

      Those sunset photos were especially for you, hopefully it gives you a vague idea of what Wilbur Smith was on about. I try to post something like this after each trip into this beautiful land. In May we go up to the Okavango again and I will take photos of everything that moves and send it to you. Thanks again for commenting.


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