The Bushman people
more accurately known as the San people, are indigenous hunter-gatherers who previously inhabited very large parts of southern Africa, pre-dating the massive expansion of Bantu and European peoples into their ranges over the last 1000 years.
Today Bushmen can still be found in parts of Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, most commonly in the more remote parts of the Kalahari Desert, where many still adhere to their traditional way of life.
Bushmen are physically very different from the Bantu peoples who now dominate most of these areas, typically being smaller and lighter in frame, with relatively light complexions and a faintly oriental facial appearance.
They are renowned for their incredible knowledge of the natural environment, the extraordinary ability to survive and thrive in very hard desert environments, their great skill as hunters, their unique culture and their wonderful rock art
which is widely distributed across the southern continent.
Meeting with the Bushmen can be an incredibly uplifting and humbling experience. Their unique culture is under great threat from modern civilization and all of the projects below are intended to help these people feel proud of their culture and assist them in maintaining its integrity ...
In a remote corner of northeast Namibia
the simple Nhoma Camp
is a fabulous little place, directly associated with the adjacent Bushman village and providing, without doubt, one of the most involving and authentic experiences which can even include multiple day hunting expeditions out into the surrounding desert.
In the Kalahari Desert areas of Botswana
there are several camps which maintain good relations with the local Bushman people and employ some of them to interact with their guests and lead them on short educational walks around the bush. Naturally this is not as involving as the above, but at their best these little experiences can also be very rewarding. Some of the best camps for this are Jack's Camp
and San Camp
in the Makgadikgadi area, Kalahari Plains Camp
and Tau Pan Camp
in the Central Kalahari.