Arrive by plane at midday and transfer to a remote campsite deep in the ancestral gathering lands of the Zu/’hoasi bushmen. Enjoy a fresh and relaxing lunch, then settle into your tent.
After tea, walk through the bush to the nearby bushmen village where you will be met in a traditional manner by the elders of the community. You will sit around the fire before dinner and listen to the history of the bushmen people whose origins can be traced back at least 35 000 years. Enjoy dinner under the stars, and sleep peacefully through the night.
In the morning, walk out into the bush with the men, women, children and your guides. The focus of the walk will be to provide a gentle introduction to the Kalahari and bushmen way of life. Your guide will point out the distinct ecological characteristics of this area and its animal and bird species.
Spontaneous gathering and discussions about the uses of plants and wildlife by your bushmen guides provide the link between culture and wild environment that we seek to offer our guests on these very special safaris. An adolescent bushman girl knows more than 200 species of usable plants and an extraordinary variety of plants and herbs with both culinary and medicinal value will be found. Find suitable rhygozum plants with which your digging stick, the most important tool of the bushmen, can be harvested. Back at the village prepare your gathering tool for the next few days by the fire.
After lunch and a siesta, return to the bushmen village where you will learn from the women how to prepare their bush foods using only the most basic of tools and an open fire.
You will be able to sample a variety of foods from wild spinach and roast beetles to ostrich egg omelet cooked on the coals. Some of the women will show you how they make beads from ostrich eggs and the simple, but striking jewellery that they make from porcupine quills, seeds and ostrich eggs. Leather is also decorated with both glass and ostrich beads to complex and beautiful effect. The women will often perform the drum dance, a women’s healing dance, or the melon dance, an unselfconscious and free-spirited traditional dance representing the joyful celebration of a successful harvest around the afternoon fire.
Return to camp for a rather more conventional, but still delicious, meal and retire to bed.
After a restful night’s sleep, meet the men after breakfast to prepare for a traditional hunt. Walk into the bush and search out the poison grub beetle, gathering suitable roots, sanseveria leaves and branches for the manufacture of rope, bows and arrows. Return to camp for a lunch and siesta.
After tea return to the bushmen village. Watch the men prepare bows, arrows and quivers while young boys demonstrate various traditional games that provide raining for the hand-to eye co-ordination skills that will be so necessary when on the hunt. Retire to bed in excited anticipation of the next day’s hunt.
Depart early after a hearty cooked breakfast for a day’s traditional hunting with the men. Track, stalk and, hopefully, hunt down some wild quarry using traditional bows and arrows.
A picnic on the way under a shady tree enables one to be flexible and react fast to the day’s events. Return to camp hopefully bearing the results of a day’s hunt and prepare the meat to share and sample around the fire. Retire to the camp for dinner after the day’s hunt.
Bid the community farewell and drive by vehicle to the airstrip to meet up with your light aircraft transfer for your onward journey.
Notes/Other: This itinerary is an example only, and can be tailor-made to suit your personal requirements. We can combine this proposed itinerary with other camps in Botswana.