Canoe Ride to Nzuelo Stilt Village
Nzuelo Stilt Village is a self-contained, self-sustaining village that has existed on Lake Anasuri for the last 500 years. I stayed at the absolutely serene, gorgeous and ridiculously affordable Beyin Beach Resort overnight and then just crossed the road to meet the lake and a friendly tour guide from the Village. The tour guide, Thomas who was a super sweet and devout rastafarian in touch with nature and the spiritual world, rowed me and my friend safely across the snake and crocodile infested lake to his village. We met with the village chief and toured this almost hypnotizing landmark that literally stands on stilts. There's one village school in Nzuelo, one church, and probably less than 50 or so stilt houses connected by planks, shared history, and a strong sense of belonging. For supplies villagers must coordinate trips across the lake and back so everyone always seems to have a good sense of what everyone else is doing. The ride across the lake and back was probably as memorable as the village itself as Thomas made necklaces from the pond lilies for both me and my friend. Watching his rhythm and connection to the water was the most peaceful and relaxing part of my trip to the area. For about a day we were all Nzuelo Villagers.