Mother and son come face-to-face with reality. Uli is quick to discover that their search was not a dream after all. Africa, according to him, is but lined with trees and antiques...some old skins, rags, rusty implements, and skulls. Therefore, it is all a huge joke. But in spite of this sad spectacle, he stands by his mother's ambitions, for as he says, "I don't want to lose you".
Right or wrong, her resort to conventional wisdom holds. We all must hold on to something, no matter how weak, for the weakness may strengthen us.