San & Damara Kalahari Cultural Experience Safari

Overnight cultural tour to the Eastern Kalahari where you will meet the San, Batswana and Damara communities. This tour is ideal for those that are short on time but want an authentic cultural experience. You will have the opportunity of a township tour in Gobabis and then be transported to the bush camp which is a short distance away. Participate in various cultural activities with the San and gain fascinating insight into their traditions and cultural practices. Activities include being taught how to survive in the wilderness and identifying animal tracks and edible plants
San man demonstrates hunting techniques in the Kalahari Desert

Hunting

on our cultural safaris in Namibia you will interact with local communities

Herero Style!

San community gathering

Family Time

Itinerary

You are picked up from your Windhoek accommodation and transported to the Eastern Kalahari in the Omaheke region of Namibia. The journey to the San activity camp takes approximately two hours where you will first make a stop in the small town of Gobabis before proceeding to our bush camp nearby. You will participate in a Gobabis Township Tour. This short tour is aimed at exposing guests to both the social and economic conditions of Gobabis and surroundings.

The tour continues towards the bush camp and along the way we stop to meet a Batswana community settlement. This short stopover entails experiencing traditional Batswana singing and dancing by a local dancing youth group. The tour continues and another stop at a Damara village/settlement provides you with an opportunity of meeting the people/tribes. Here you will get the opportunity of observing and interacting with these interesting people with their unique language and clicks. You will be taught how to speak the language, traditional clothing/dress, music and dances. There will be an opportunity to see and learn more about their traditional herbs and the usage thereof.

The tour then continues to your overnight bush camp accommodation where you will meet your host San family. You will participate in a variety of activities with the San including traditional craft making, identifying animal tracks, and hunting with a traditional bow and arrow.
After returning from the field guests can sit around the fire, listen to the bushman stories, and experience traditional music and dance. The San elders will demonstrate their natural medical skills by explaining and showing you various plants and what their healing purposes are. Translators are on hand so you can ask questions about their history and any other topic that may be of interest to you.

Return to Windhoek. After an early morning coffee and bush breakfast, you say your goodbyes to your host San family. Expected time of arrival in Windhoek is between 12h00 – 13h00. Guests can be dropped off at the international airport if required.

NB: As this safari visits real Namibian communities everything is subject to change. If the community has a special event such as a wedding you may be invited to participate. Please treat this itinerary as an outline of what to expect – you are meeting real people and the day to day itinerary has to be kept flexible to respect their needs.

Pipe smoking Bushman

Smoking

Football game with the Bushmen on safari in Namibia

Football Game

San women out gathering

San - the Gathering

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