Gavin Blair Safaris

Kalahari & Bushman Extension

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Should you wish to extend your Botswana safari, the itinerary can include a visit to the Kalahari to see the unique wildlife of the area and also to enjoy an authentic Bushman experience.  The wildlife of the Kalahari includes species that you will not see in the Northern National Parks and Game Reserves of Botswana, such as eland, gemsbok, springbok, red hartebeest and ground squirrels.  There will also be the opportunity for night drives to see some of the nocturnal wildlife of the area, including the ubiquitous spring hare and, if lucky, the brown hyena.  Your time in this area will be spent combining wildlife viewing with Bushman activities - these activities will include walks through the bush with the San, widely recognised as having the oldest culture still surviving.  During the walks you will be shown how the Bushman dig for edible roots, collect seeds, nuts and berries, and search for the plants they use for medicinal purposes.  You will be shown how the Bushman make fire, and have the chance to try out the food collected.  Animal tracks and dung will be pointed out to you, and the Bushman will explain to you what they learn from the spoor.  You will also be shown the plants the Bushman collect to make ropes, bows and arrows, and they will explain their hunting techniques and demonstrate how they make a trap.

For those with more than a passing interest in the Bushman way of life there will also be the opportunity to visit an authentic Bushman village, where you will be able to interact with the Bushman while they cook, make crafts, play games (with the help of sticks, wild melons, dung and rope) and listen to them telling stories.  An evening visit to a Bushman village will give the opportunity to see the San's cultural dances - typically the women will sit around the fire clapping hands and singing, some of them playing traditional musical instruments, while the men dance around them in a circle.  The dances all have a theme that is relevant to the life and experiences of the Bushman, all of which will be explained to you.  All in all this is an experience that is highly recommended to anyone with an interest in the world’s oldest culture.

Botswana Kalahari & Bushman Extension