This twisty Leadwood log wall and the shade of the glorious Marula tree were a welcome sight after our 8 hour ride across the Kalahari Desert.
It had been a long, hot day and I was more worried about the horses than the riders. As soon as we reached The Kgotla on the banks of the Motloutse River the the horses were relieved of their saddles and allowed to roll in a dust bath.
Then they were given plenty of food and water in a nearby grove of leafy trees.
We were led into our delightful new home for the next 2 nights, a traditional boma, where all of our beds were arranged around the edge of the circle with a firepit and chairs set in the center.
A dining table and bar were set up to the side.
After cooling down for a few minutes we got to work unpacking our bags and getting settled into the new space, the logs served as useful hooks.
Just down the hallway were the bathrooms and showers.
These carefully crafted outdoor showers, with heads attached to the trees, revitalized our spirits and washed away all of the dust and grit from the trail.
Rough hewn timbers and slabs of stone provided us with all of the comforts of home in this enchanting open air setting.
Our stay in The Kgotla was definitely a highlight of the trip, it was absolutely magical to sleep, dream, wake, eat, sing and laugh beneath these beautiful protective branches,
knowing that our trusty guard was on duty, just in case any cats came calling.