Kalahari Bushmen Expedition / Namibia
- Partly new program, much more focused on tracking & trailing and learning from traditional Bushmen Master Trackers! -
Still a magic place, and one that somehow touches the soul.
Namibia is a vast country with an enormous variation in landscapes. We will visit several different places, including the Kalahari, the Erongo Mountains and the Waterberg Plateau. All different, wild and unique.
You will get the opportunity to see all kinds of wilderness and wildlife such as desert elephants, hyenas, all kinds of antilopes from the tiny dik-dik to kudu and oryx, buffalo, klipspringers, ostriches, warthogs and baboons. And you will have the feeling to be watched by wildlife too.
Our Bushmen guides have been born and raised as traditional hunter-gatherers! Their knowledge for survival in the desert is incredible and their tracking skills are unprecedented.
Our first stop will be the Waterberg Plateau.
This is your first getting to know Africa: the sounds (watch the video below with sound on!), the smells, the heat, birds and insects in incredible colors. Small and big game. It is simply amazing.
On the campsite, baboons, francolins, gekko's, mongoose and genets will be our neighbours. No doubt watching us on our first diner in Africa.
After an overnight stay at the Waterberg Plateau the Bushmen will be our next stop.
Obviously we'll spend most of our time close to their village. From close by, you’ll experience their customs and get to know their tools (e.g. bow and arrow,, digging stick, cordage) and jewellery. In their thousand year old tradition we’ll head into the Kalahari wilderness for a plant walk. Women, kids and hunters will join us.
New to the program is the presence of Bushmen Master Trackers (certified by the CyberTracker system). Which makes for fantastic new opportunities!
With them we head out into the bush looking for and learning about tracks and sign, trailing antilopes, visit the Kaudom National Park and -if possible because of occasional floodings- the Nyae Nyae waterholes.
For those who want, there is the possiblity to attend a Track & Sign CyberTracker evaluation, taken by the Bushmen Master Trackers. This will ask for an additional payment of about 50,- euro's.
Meeting and learning from these skilled crafts- men and women will be an unforgettable and unique experience, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in their unique hunting and gathering culture.
Some of the Bushmen speak Afrikaans which will be an advantage for the Dutch speakers among us.
Our philosophy in joining the Bushmen is to support and boost their ability to earn an income from their own culture. This has reciprocal benefits. If nothing is done to help, their knowledge will be lost forever and where will they be then? In this way our journey helps contribute to a sustainable future.
Our last stop will be the Erongo Mountain region, a wild and rocky landscape overlooking the vast wilderness of the Namib Desert. A million year old volcanic landscape with enormous boulders piled one on top of the other.
In the middle of this ancient wilderness we’ll set up our bushcamp. We’ll definitely scout the area. You'll get to see maybe-thousand-year-old rock paintings once made by the Bushmen in this impressive valley. As well as ancient campsites once inhabited by Bushmen tribes.
Here we will see different wildlife again. The Erongo's are home to amazingly colored and adapted reptiles and birds. Water turtles in a tiny pool in the middle of the desert, baboon sounds for breakfast, when lucky we might find tracks of lions, elephants or rhino's.
The Kalahari Bushmen Expedition is truly facinating and impressive! Food for the soul and a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed.
During this tour Werner Pfeifer will be our local guid. He is a German-Namibian with a limitless knowledge of Namibia and the Kalahari Bushmen.
Overview of the 14 days:
Arrival at Windhoek International Airport and travel to the Waterberg Plateau.
Travel to Bushmenland. We will set up camp in the Kalahari near one of the Bushmen villages and get to meet the Bushmen.
Day 3 to 8
These 6 days will have an open structured program as we like to addapted to local circumstances as well as to participants wishes. Each day will have a different program such as:
- visiting the Living Museum and get to know the Bushmen culture, dances and singing
- heading out in the bush with some of the Bushmen hunters
- go for bushwalks with the women
- learn some traditional skills such as using the handdrill for fire making, bow & arrow making, jewelry from ostrich egg, and more
- heading out for tracking & trailing with Master Trackers (certified by the CyberTracker methode)
- tracking & trailing in the Kaudom National Park and at the Nyae Nyae pan
- optional a Track & Sign CyberTracker evaluation, taken by the Bushmen Master Trackers.
All those days we will stay in the Kalahari desert at one of the Bushmen's bushcamps.
Travel to Roy's Camp. This is a very beautiful and funny lodge with a waterhole nearby. We will have chance to see all kinds of antilopes (Wildebeast, Eland, Kudu, Warthog, Zebra, Duiker, Dikdik, and Jackal).
There we will spend one night at the campsite and have the possibility to take a shower.
Travel to the Erongo Mountains, an overwhelmingly beautifull ancient vulcano. Big granit boulders will surround our bushcamp and you feel how small a human being can be!
Day 11 to 13
We will explore the living desert around us, look at ancient rock paintings and -engravings made by Bushmen, find ancient campsites in the shades of the rocks, some of them still show the ashes, flintknapping and jewelry refuses, or even grinding stones.
Travel back to Windhoek and Windhoek airport.
Group size: min 6 - max 8
Prerequisites: no previous knowledge or skills needed.
Catering: we cook as a group on camp fires
Location: Namibia - Kalahari
Included: all transport and meals in Nambia, accomodation in roof tents
"Please be aware that the price of the course provided on our website is indicative only. Due to the constantly changing exchange rates (NAD-EUR), prices will vary accordingly."
Naturally, we’ll be joining the activities of the Bushmen: tracking, hunting, collecting plants, making tools (bow and arrow, etc.). 100% Bushcraft!
We’ll move through several different regions in this vast land, from dry to outright desert!
Highlights of this trip:
- New to the program: tracking & trailing with traditional Bushmen Master Trackers according to the CyberTracker system.
- possibility for taking part in a CyberTracker Track & Sign evaluation in the Kalahari Desert
- Visit to the Erongo Mountain region (old volcanic landscape), a wild, ancient, rocky wilderness overlooking the Namib Desert
- ancient rock paintings and campsites
- Stay with the Bushmen in the northeast of Namibia. The people living in this area are the only ones of their cultural group officially allowed to hunt in the traditional manner
- Learn how to make jewellery and utensils such as bow and arrow, spear, knife, or digging stick
- Get acquainted with the Bushmen
- Visit to the Waterberg Plateau (rhinos, baboon, cape vulture, jackal, porcupine etc.)
- head out with traditional Master Trackers to the Kaudom National Park and the Nyae Nyae pan
- chances to see wildlife and big game (elephants, lions, antilopes, kudu, wildebeast, birds, baboons, warthogs, giraffes, and much more)