Kalahari Sunset Safaris
These are the activities that will make up the 3 day
Survival Experience, the order can be tailored to individual needs.
Familiarisation Bushwalk (Morning Activity)
This is a crucial part of your introduction to the bush
and your stay in the Kalahari as it will help you appreciate your surroundings.
- Orientating yourself with the unfamiliar environment
- Walking along the old river bed (Buitsivango River) and understanding
- Investigating caves and salt/mineral licks
- Identifying trees, bushes, spoor (animal tracks) birds and other animals
You will then be introduced to the resident Giant Tortoise Clan (Bushman
Gathering of Veldt foods (Morning/Afternoon Activity)
This is a guided walk mainly around the Buitsivango River
with two Bushman Women (and an interpreter). A successful walk/collection
is represented in the Melon Dance. The walk involves:
- Identifying root vegetables and your "salad"
- Sampling foods during collection - checking they ready etc
- Taking the food back to camp
- Preparing the Veldt foods by cleaning, scraping, stamping and cooking
- Preparing the fire area
- Mixing of the salads with other foods gathered during your travels
- EATING what you've prepared (optional)
Melon Dance (Afternoon)
The dance is a celebration of a successful harvest of veldt
foods by the gathers of the food. Mostly the younger women of the clan
collect the veldt foods and take this opportunity to show off to the men
they wish to attract. This is a great chance for female clients to join
in and learn the dance as it is light-hearted and much fun. They also
play the foot bow, anywhere from one to ten women will play on one bow.
(see photo gallery)
Music of the desert (Late Afternoon/Evening)
Mouth bow, foot bow and thumb piano. A soothing way to round
off the day, although it is so much more enchanting if played at night.
Hunting Experience (Early Morning Activity)
A minimum of four hours required, a guided simulation hunt
with two Bushmen, hunting traditionally. Basic Hunting and Survival skills
(simulated hunting and tracking). Identification of tracks along the fossil
river bed and a basic course in methods of tracking, hunting and if requested
traps for various animals.
Games (Afternoon Activity)
Can only be described as 'Bushman Olympics', a series of
games played by children, that is a basis for the hunting skills necessary
in later life. Clients will be encouraged to participate, as the real
element of fun is participation and group enjoyment.
Traditional Craft Skills demonstration (Afternoon Activity)
There is a group of people resident at Kampoorra who spend
their day making the hardware and traditional "jewellery" for the Red
People. A chance to see how necklaces and bangles are made from scratch
with Ostrich eggshells, glass beads and seeds, using sinew to string them.
In addition to all this, male hardware skills; producing and repairing
of hunting sets, tanning skins and curing hides. As well as the making
of rope and glue.
Myths and Legends of the Kalahari (Late Afternoon Early
This takes place in the camp in the afternoon under the
shade of a big Camel thorn tree or after the evening meal by the dying
embers of the camp fire, to accompaniment of the sights and sound of the