Toto's Rain in Africa now an artistic oasis in the Namib desert beckoning geocachers

2019-01-17 16:30 - Saara Mowlana
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This Namibian-German artist put the sounds of Toto on a loop in the Namib Desert for you to find. (Photo: Max Siedentopf / Toto Forever / MaxSiedentopf.com)

Let me paint the scene...

You're standing with your head tilted up and your eyes closed.

You're draped in threadbare and lightweight cotton cloth that flaps, ever so slightly, in the Namibian breeze.

The desert landscape surrounds you from every possible horizon and the heat eminating off the sand and from the sky is comforting - relaxing even.

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The sounds of the desert are a hum of swirling grains and the low rumblings of the vehicle that brought you here.

Suddenly, the unexpected sounds of Toto echo in the vast landscape - calling for the lands of Africa to be blessed by the kiss of rain.

But, from where? And how? How did this classic anthem find you... here - seemingly in the middle of nowhere?

You try to find the audio treasure beckoning you amid the hills and valleys of tan grains, but alas it bounces off of all of them, and, yet, none of them.

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Well, thanks to Namibian-German multi-media artist, Max Siedentopf, that song will be the eternal soundtrack to add to the Namib Desert backdrop.

Siedentopf took the liberty of installing not one nor two, but SIX solar-powered speakers somewhere deep in the Namib Desert that is set to play the song on an infinite loop.

Siedentopf told NPR that this exhibit was his way to "pay the song the ultimate homage and physically exhibit 'Africa' in Africa." He also set up the exhibit as a means to serve as the ultimate treasure hunt for the most diehard of Toto fans.

In fact, you can find his map of where you're likely, we stress likely, to find the gem over here.

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(Photo: Max Siedentopf / Toto Forever)  

Other treasure-hunt musts you can do around the world:

Now, what if I told you there are more hidden gems you can find out in this vast blue dot we call our world?

Well, there are, and if you're a sucker for a lekker treasure hunt or finding niche sights - you might want to toss some of the following into your bucket list:

  • Discover the Nazi gold train in southern Poland - which earned its name by being a hidden WWII-era train laden with stolen loot

SEE PICS: Archaeologists urge Albania to protect underwater heritage from treasure hunters

  • Learn about the legend of the Copper Scrolls of the Dead Sea - the series of ancient Jewish manuscripts, made from copper and not parchment, can be found in a cave near the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea – unlike the other scrolls, which are literary works, the Copper Scroll lists 63 locations at which various items of gold and silver are buried or hidden...

If all else fails - opt to go geocaching - this is a global outdoor recreational activity where participants use Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates to find hidden containers called "geocaches" or "caches".

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