Join us on an exceptional expedition where we discover the lifestyles and traditions of some of Namibia’s oldest cultural groups. This 3 day cultural and community based safari is designed to give you an in-depth look into the lives of the San and Batswana tribes, allowing you to spend time with them as we witness their daily lives and activities. Experience the San Cultures, Batswana Dances and Wildlife.
What to expect:
Learn about the real issues which face ordinary people with this communities in the Eastern Kalahari area.
Visit a township and witness the hardship but yet see smiles on their faces.
Visit and see the modern homes of the communities we will come across.
Make friends with Namibians whom you would not otherwise meet.
Be part of and seek to assist local communities to be able to support themselves through income generated projects and community development programmes.
Departures every Friday morning from Windhoek.
This tour departs on every Friday from Windhoek.
Windhoek, 3 days after your departure
The maximum group size is 8 - 12 people, no minimum.
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.
Tour can be combined with our 6 day Taste of Namibia, or the 3 day Sossusvlei Tour.
Daily Tour Overview
Windhoek – Gobabis
Uakii Wilderness Bush Camp
B, L, D
Uakii Wilderness Bush Camp to Windhoek
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, SC = Self-Categring, RO = Room Only
Daily tour description
Okambara En-route to Gobabis (Accommodation)
Guest will be pickup from their accommodation in Windhoek from 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, white 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 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 at start of day
Elephants at Okambara
Cheetah at Okambara
Game Drive at Okambara
Uakii Wilderness Bush Camp (Camping)
After breakfast we start with an educational township tour of Gobabis, we learn more about the migration of rural people to urban towns, hoping to find jobs and the harsh conditions they end up living in.
We will then continue to the Batswana community settlement while observing the changing environment of the Kalahari along the road. A short stopover will be made in Batswana community settlement where a local dancing youth group of which most are unemployed will be the host showing us few dancing skills and hearing of great voices of this community. Here, you can witness the life of the Batswana communities. There is the opportunity to experience an exceptional Batswana traditional dance, combining music, drama and their natural dancing rhythm. The village also has local shops, schools and a clinic. After this wonderful experience we continue our journey back toward Gobabis en-route to our Bush Camp where guests will be camping for the night. Please note that the camping is very basic and the camp is a bush camp and will have a toilet and bush shower.
On arrival at our bush-camp we meet our host family and after the introduction; we start with the following activities: The San family will also teach the guests to make their own bow and arrow as well as ostrich egg pearls and your own jewelry the old San ways. The activities for afternoon will be bush walk with a small clan of the San family who will teach us their hunting skills such as tracking, wind directions, stalking and finding underground water roots. The San family will also teach us about how they gather bush food and other edible plants, where to look for them and how they are used.
Our guest will have an opportunity to throw a spear, lighting fire with sticks, making ropes and snares.
The afternoon will be close off with San singing, dancing; playing games, playing rope jumping and if lucky watches the traditional medicine man healing a patient around the campfire. Feel free to ask many questions including their hunting stories of the San Kalahari hunters.
A MUST participatory tour so all guest must feel free to join in the fun, play and dance with the San family.
Meals: Lunch at own cost in Gobabis and Breakfast and dinner included
After an early morning coffee and breakfast we will pack and say goodbye to our wonderful host and San family. We continue our journey back to the capital where guests will be dropped off at their accommodation in Windhoek or International Airport for departures as required. Expected arrival time will be between 12h00-13h00.
Meals: Breakfast ONLY
Learning some skills
Please Note: The itinerary above may not run in the exact order of the above and some activities might vary slightly, depending on the time of year and what may be happening at some of the villages.
NB: These communities are making their own crafts right there and we humbly request for your support in this regard. Many clients expressed a wish to know before-hand that they can support the communities by buying crafts