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Chobe National Park Local Customs: 2 reviews and 6 photos
The Chobe Game Lodge has a lot more to it than just staying overnight in the middle of an African national park. The artwork that decorates the walls (and other locations!) in the lodge are, in many cases, traditional artwork from local tribes. This may not necessarily be a Chobe National Park tradition, but is a local custom that has made it into the park and earned a display location in the Chobe Game Lodge.
In the lobby, there is a large carved door that is a tradition among one of the local tribes. Almost an entire typed page describes the traditions of this wood carving tribe.
A man-eating sculpture is designed to chase away evil spirits, and is a specailty of another local tribe. Again, detailed descriptions are available about this
Then, there was this thing above the toilet in my room. The Toilet Tiki? To scare away bad smell? I'm not sure I can even call it a carving because it was formed in ceramic and glued right into the wall with the rest of the ceramic tile. Was it cast in ceramic? How?
Unfortunately, unlike the art work in the main lodge, the artwork in the rooms do not have descriptions of what they are or where they came from, or the traditions behind them. Then again, in some cases that might be a good thing!
However it is obvious from the decorations in the rooms, in the main building of the lodge, the artistic bathroom sinks, and even the light fixtures in the lodge dining hall, that the local tribes contributed a great deal to the artwork here, and have a fine tradition of wood carving.
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