Top Ten Southern Africa Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures

Hunt with Bushmen
  |  Gorp.com

If you're after a real African cultural experience, you can't do any better than traveling with the Ju'Hoansi, one of the last Kalahari Bushmen clans left who still pursue the traditional hunting and gathering lifestyle. They've decided to open up to small-scale tourism in their remote Namibian locale. You'll camp near the Ju'/Hoansi village of Makuri, go hunting with the men and gathering with the women. This is no theme-park experience: If the hunters stick an animal with an arrow, you may have to track it for up to two days and then carry out your share of the meat. You must also carry your own water and food. Don't just spend a couple days here: Allow at least a week for the people to become comfortable with you. If you're lucky, they may also invite you to attend a trance dance, at which miraculous healings often take place.


Published: 28 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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