It’s a cliché, but one of the great things about travelling is the people you meet along the way. We have certainly met our fair share of locals and fellow travelers, from all walks of life.
One of the coolest of them, with one of the most interesting stories, is a guy called Christopher who has lived in a little corner of Caprivi (now known as the Zambezi Region) all his life. Around these parts, and apparently much further afield too, Christopher is known as ‘The Bird Man.’
Christopher is certifiably obsessed with birds – finding them, identifying them, learning everything there is to know about them and discovering things no one else seems to know. He never went to school, but you’d never guess it. He reckons that Robert’s Bird Book was the best English textbook he ever found.
He took us for a short walk around the camp one morning at sunrise and in no time we had added 30 new birds to our list. His enthusiasm was unmatched and truly inspiring. Although he regularly takes people on these kinds of walks, it felt like he was more excited than we were.
We have already forgotten the names of most of the people we have met on this trip. But we certainly won’t be forgetting Christopher: the dread-locked bird man of Ngepi.