THE LONELY STONE MEN OF KAOKOLAND in NAMIBIA
Each figure has an aluminum disc attached to it, with a number and a message as to where it is going. Although a sculpture numbered 27 has been seen (and I won’t divulge its whereabouts), only some of these Lone Men have been found so far. One person claims to have found another five, but won’t say anything else.
The sculptures have been spotted along the road on the routes between Puros in the south, Van Zyl’s Pass in the east, Otjinungua in the north and the Skeleton Coast Park in the west
These Lone Men are gaining cult or celebrity status (well, by Kaokoland standards, that is).
For some it’s become an exciting treasure hunt (a bit like geocaching without the GPS, which would obviously spoil all the fun!), while others want to include them in their trip around western Kaokoland or plan their itinerary around them.
As far as the locals are concerned, it is said that the Himba are completely unperturbed by the appearance or presence of the stone figures.
When you find some of these figures, please don’t log them on your GPS.
After all, the delight, intrigue and allure of a good mystery is that it is never solved. Not so?
Text: Ron Swilling