swimming in the lake
I was warned that swimming in the lake is not recommended, especially not for the whites. Apparently the lake is inhabited with some algae and jellyfish that can caused a variety of infections and other diseases. In addition, the water is murky and very muddy and I really would not feel comfortable in such an environment. The local school children, however, enjoyed a lot in such a muddy shallows.
I manage to stay awake a bit more on the next part of the journey, as we pass wetlands where papyrus is grown in vast quantities. There is more to the papyrus plant than the famous Egyptian paper - it is used for matting, basket making, roofing, rope, fencing and other functions such as food and medicine. The papyrus plant grows in water about one metre deep and can grow to a height of 4-5 metres. The stem, which at its widest is ca. 15cm, is triangular in shape to withstand high winds without breaking.