Featuring as a guest blogger on the Kubatana Camp blog:
This camp is due to open up soon in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. I visited this area in November 2011, when Explore Gorongosa was the only private camp in operation in the park. Sadly, this camp closed down at the end of the 2012 season, but Asilia Africa stepped in to take over the private concession, with Kubatana due to open in June / July 2013. I look forward to seeing what’s on offer!
A Humble Place of Worship.
On the slopes of Mount Gorongosa, Mozambique, life is simple. There’s little to do except tend the corn growing in the dusty ground. Houses are built out of sticks and mud. People sit on the ground, in the dust – well, at least the women and children do. Closer to the main road I saw plastic chairs in front of huts, but on the mountain I never saw a chair or even a stump serving as a chair. Now that’s basic. The people are friendly enough, heads peeking our of doorways as you pass, with a simple ‘Boa tarde’ in greeting. Truly, this is some of the most basic living I’ve ever seen. We were on Mount Gorongosa in search of a bird known as the Green-headed Oriole, which is confined to South-Eastern Africa and in Southern Africa found only on this mountain. We were successful in our quest, having great views of a pair of Orioles at the forest limit, where the remaining patches of montane rainforest stand defiantly against the encroaching corn fields. On our way back down we passed through several rudimentary homesteads, and at one stage passed right by this building, which on closer inspection turned out to be a church, with sticks on the ground for pews. It remains to be seen what the quality of their doctrine and worship is like (my parents-in-law work with local churches in Mozambique and can attest to the fact that Christianity and traditional beliefs are not so easily separated in these rural, uneducated communities), but still, to think of people gathering to worship Christ in such simple conditions is truly humbling. Think of Rema or some of the huge American Churches and compare them to this stick Church on the slopes of Mount Gorongosa – it might just change your perspective on things…