2 Day Eastern Kalahari San Cultural Experience Highlights

Experience diverse Namibian culture

Tour overview

Guided Tour with San, Batswana and OvaHerero Communities

We realize that visitors to Namibia are usually short on time but still want to experience local life, culture, sights and sounds that our bush has to offer.  The 24hrs/1-night is a unique cultural hands-on experience, with one of the oldest traditions and cultural practices in Southern Africa of the Kalahari San and other Communities. A very unique and unforgettable Namibian adventure.

What to expect:

  • Learn about the real issues which face ordinary people in these communities in the Eastern Kalahari area.
  • Visit a township and witness the life challenges but yet see smiles on their faces.
  • Make friends with Namibians whom you would not otherwise meet.
  • Be part of and seek to assist local communities trying to support themselves through income generated projects and community development programmes.
  • Departures every Friday morning from Windhoek, or other departure dates on request.

Please note that there might be some changes to the itinerary based on the activities at the San Village.   Clients will be informed prior to the time of departure.

 

Tour Information

Departure This tour departs on every Friday from Windhoek.
ReturnSaturday between 12h00-13h00
PassengersThe maximum group size is 8 - 12 people, no minimum.
Style Camping safari with limited participation.
VehicleThe 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.
PlacesKalahari area
CombinationsTour can be combined with most of our scheduled camping safaris to end of Namibia on a high note.    Combine this tour with our 3 Day Sossusvlei Tour, 6 Day Taste of Namibia Camping Tour, 7 Day Southern Swing Camping Tour, 7 Day Northern Adventure Camping Tour.

Daily Tour Overview

DayDestinationsAccommodationMeals
1Windhoek – Uakii Wilderness Bush CampCampingL, D
2Return to WindhoekB, L, D
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, SC = Self-Categring, RO = Room Only

Daily tour description

Day 1: Kalahari San Village Bush Camp (Camping)

We will collect you from your Windhoek accommodation from 08h00 and drive to the Eastern town of Gobabis 210 km from the capital.

GOBABIS TOWNSHIP TOUR: On arrival, participate in a hands-on educational township tour of Gobabis, learn more about urbanization and its effect on urban livelihood. Gobabis being one of the oldest towns founded in early 1800’s is home to impressive old and fascinating modern architectural structures with beautiful urban planning view. The tour is aimed at exposing guest to both social and economic condition of Gobabis as an economic hub of the region. We conclude the tour with a refuelling at a popular fuel station and convenient outlet before proceeding for the night to our BUSHCAMP.

BATSWANA DANCING ACTIVITY: A super natural interesting and interacting journey to the Batswana Community settlement whilst observing the changing environment of the Kalahari with a short stopover at a local dancing youth group of mostly unemployed Namibians. The entertainers showcase intrinsic dancing skills with great voices, experience an exceptional Batswana traditional dance, combining music with drama and natural dancing rhythm. Being in a settlement village of a population less than 3000 with a school and convenient rural outlet. An opportunity to feel nature and its beautiful Kalahari.

OVAHERERO & OVAMBANDERU: En-route to the Bushman communities, we stop at the villages of the Ovaherero & Ovambanderu tribes to observe their culture and tradition. Participate in milking a cow, cultural dancing, ladies to try on a traditional Otjiherero dress and make/taste their traditional homemade bread. Experience the day to day life of the Ovaherero people in their village. Highlights: Cattle milking, handling and pouring of milk in the calabash, walk & escort cattle and calves to the fields.

SAN – BUSHMAN ACTIVITIES: Arrive in the afternoon at Wilderness Bushcamp where we overnight. Meet our welcoming and humble San family before we start with the activities for the day. The San family will show and teach you how to make a bow and arrow; ostrich egg pearls and crafts, this could take about an hour to an hour and half.

A bush walk with a small clan of the San family to teach and show you their old hunting skills such as tracking, wind directions, stalking and finding underground water roots as well as gathering of bush food, the use of other edible plants, technique of locating and modern use. An opportunity to shoot a bow, throw a spear, lighting fire with sticks, making ropes and snares.
After the bushwalk’ the day ends off with San singing, dancing; playing games and rope jumping. Traditional use of plants for medicines and healing purposes will be demonstrated around the campfire.

A MUST participatory tour experience, where guests are free to join in the fun and dance with the San family.

Meals: Lunch and Dinner included (Bushbar available at the bushcamp cash payments).

 

 

Day 2: Return to Windhoek

After an early morning coffee and bush breakfast, we will pack and say goodbye to our wonderful host and San family and continue our journey back to the capital where guests will be dropped off at their accommodation/International Airport for departures as required.
Expected arrival time will be between 12h00-13h00.
Meals: Breakfast ONLY

Please Note: The itinerary may be subject to change as some activities might vary, depending on the time of year and any unforeseen changes at some of the villages.

NB: These communities make their own crafts there and we humbly request for your support by purchasing crafts or donations
End of Safari

Tour dates

This tour departs on every Friday from Windhoek.

Price

Price per person starting from $5060

No Single Supplement

01st July 2019  – 31st December 2019

2020 Season

$5565.00 per person

No Single Supplement.

01st January 2020 – 31st December 2020

Upgrades

An upgrade is not available on this departure.

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