There are a few places in Botswana where you can spend some time with San Bushmen and learn a little about their traditional lifestyle and culture.
The Central Kalahari is one of the country's largest reserves and was once a traditional home of the San, but they have sadly mostly moved out now.
However they are very pleased to share elements of their traditional life with interested visitors. Learn how they find water in the middle of the desert, use traps to catch wildlife, make fire, forage. If you have an interest in tribal cultures, you will love such an experience.
The best way to gain an insight to the San culture these days is through certain lodges which employ San to share their traditional culture, skills and stories with visitors. Here are some of the lodges which offer this: Meno a Kwena, Tau Pan, Kalahari Plains Camp, Deception Valley Lodge, Jack's Camp and Nxamaseri Lodge. All these camps are in either the Kalahari Desert or the Makgadikgadi Pans regions of Botswana, except Nxamaseri which is in the Okavango Panhandle close to the sacred San site of the Tsodilo Hills.
There's no right or wrong time for this.
This is done as an experience through each of the camps mentioned, and will be arranged locally at a time to suit if it's not included in general activities.
From Victoria Falls to Chobe and the Okavango Delta and on to the Boteti River near Makgadikgadi.
A traditional game viewing safari with the thrill of Vic Falls, nature walks and, of course, entrancing encounters with meerkats.
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