• San woman, Kalahari, Botswana

    San woman, Kalahari, Botswana

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  • Walking with San Bushmen, Kalahari, Botswana

    Walking with San Bushmen, Kalahari, Botswana

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  • San Bushman in Makgadikgadi Pan, Botswana

    San Bushman in Makgadikgadi Pan, Botswana

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  • San Bushmen, Kalahari, Botswana

    San Bushmen, Kalahari, Botswana

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  • San Bushmen, Kalahari, Botswana

    San Bushmen, Kalahari, Botswana

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  • San Bushmen demonstrating hunting technique, Kalahari, Botswana

    San Bushmen demonstrating hunting technique, Kalahari, Botswana

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Take a walk with the San Bushmen

A worthwhile and humbling insight into the way of life as it once was in the remote parts of Botswana's Kalahari Desert.

Walking with San Bushmen: an experience to remember

There are a few places where you can spend some time with San Bushmen and learn a little about their traditional lifestyle and culture;  Botswana is one of them.

The experience will be different in each place, but this gives you an idea of what kind of things you might be doing.

  • Gain an insight into this ancient culture
  • Learn simple survival skills
  • Make fire
  • Discover medicinal plants
  • Share stories and laughs
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Spending time with the San Bushmen

The Central Kalahari is one of the country's largest reserves and was once a traditional home of the San, but sadly most have moved out now. However, there are places where you can meet these fascinating people, namely the Kalahari and Makgadikgadi or Nxai Pan regions.  They are only too pleased to share elements of their traditional life with interested visitors.

Walking with San Bushmen, Kalahari, Botswana © HSavege

Learn how they find water in the middle of the desert, use simple traps to catch wildlife, make fire, forage. If you have an interest in tribal cultures, you will love such an experience.

Where to go

Certain lodges employ San to share their traditional culture, skills and stories with visitors. Some of the lodges which offer this are: Meno a Kwena, Tau Pan, Kalahari Plains Camp, Deception Valley Lodge, Jack’s Camp, Nxai Pan Camp and Nxamaseri Lodge.

How and when to do it

This is done as an experience through each of the camps mentioned above. The experience will be different from each camp (and not all San Bushmen wear traditional dress). If it is not included in the general activities it can be arranged locally at a time to suit. There is no right or wrong time for this.