3 Day Eastern Kalahari Bushman & Batswana Tribes Camping

Experience diverse Namibian culture

Tour overview

Join us on an exceptional expedition where we discover the lifestyles and traditions of some of Namibia’s oldest cultural groups. This 3 day safari is designed to give you an in-depth look into the lives of the San Bushman and Batswana tribes, allowing you to spend time with them as we witness their daily lives and activities.

  • Learn about the real issues which face ordinary people in rural communities in the Eastern Kalahari area
  • Stay in a rural homestead; eat, sleep & learn about daily life of the local people
  • Visit the modern villages of both the San Bushman and the Batswana communities
  • Make friends with Namibians whom you would not otherwise meet
  • Join a working tour with us as it goes about promoting rural development
  • Meet and stay with the host family
  • Be part of and seek to assist local communities to be able to support themselves through income generation projects and community development programmes
  • Departures every Friday morning from Windhoek

Tour Information

Departure This tour departs on every Friday from Windhoek.
Return Windhoek, 3 days after your departure
Passengers The maximum group size is 8 - 12 people, no minimum.
Style Camping safari with limited participation.
Vehicle The vehicle will depend on the size of the group but mostly we use a VW micro minibus/combi or VW Amarok. For groups of guests larger than eight we would use a Toyota Dyna vehicle.
Places Kalahari area
Combinations Tour can be combined with our 6 day Taste of Namibia, or the 3 day Sossusvlei Tour as well as any of our 7 day Northern or Southern Tour.

Daily Tour Overview

Day Destinations Accommodation Meals
1 Windhoek – Gobabis Accommodation L, D
2 Kalahari camping B, L, D
3 Kalahari - Windhoek B, L
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, SC = Self-Categring, RO = Room Only

Daily tour description

Day 1:

Okambara En-route to Gobabis (Accommodation)

We will collect your from your Windhoek accommodation at 06.30am.   We then drive to a private reserve some 130km from the city to arrive at Okambara Lodge before 9.00 am. After a welcome coffee we leave on a game drive where you have the opportunity of seeing elephant, square-lipped rhino, giraffe and a variety of antelope whilst enjoying the breath-taking scenery and landscape of the region.  We return for lunch at the lodge.

After our activity at Okambara we continue to Gobabis for overnight at Uakii Eco-Guesthouse, a guesthouse own & run by a local entrepreneur.

Lunch & Dinner included.  Please arrange early breakfast at your pre-tour accommodation.

Day 2:

Kalahari San-Bushmen Village (Camping)

After an early breakfast we continue the journey to our San-Bushmen Village situated in the eastern Kalahari. On arrival we meet our host family before going to our bush-camp.  Weather dependent we depart on an afternoon bush walk with a small clan of Bushmen who will teach, and show us, their hunting skills such as tracking, stalking, fire making and finding underground water roots.  The women and men will also teach us about how they gather bush food and other edible plants, where to look for them and how they are used.

At the end of a busy afternoon we watch the sun setting over the Kalahari whilst dinner is prepared over an open camp fire. After our evening meal we spend the evening stargazing and sharing stories with our hosts, the Bushmen, who will also add to the experience with their dancing and singing.

Meals: Breakfast, light Lunch & Dinner

Day 3:

Batswana Village visit en-route to Windhoek

After breakfast we start our journey back to Windhoek. The drive takes us via the Historical Batswana Mission village, passing remote communal villages while observing the changing environment of the Kalahari and the harsh conditions these people live in.

A short stopover will be made in Epukiro Batswana village where our local woman host / guide will accompany us through the village/mission to witness the real life of the Batswana communities in their rural settings (this will be done on foot).  The village also has shops, schools and a clinic.  Whilst here we have the opportunity to experience an exceptional Batswana traditional dance, combining music and their natural dancing rhythm – guests may join in!

After this wonderful experience we continue our journey back to Windhoek where guests will be dropped off at their accommodation.

Tour dates

This tour departs on every Friday from Windhoek.

Price

Price per person starting from $5900

01 November 2016 – 31 October 2018

No Minimum and no Single Supplement.

Upgrades

An upgrade is not available on this departure.