Our 24 hour/1-night guided cultural tour offers visitors to Namibia a rich and in-depth exploration of the ancient cultural practices of the Kalahari San, as well as the Batswana and Ovaherero communities.
Surrounded by the astounding beauty of the vast Kalahari, this unique tour immerses visitors in the fascinating cultures of Namibia, so that in just two days you will leave with unforgettable memories and wonderful stories that you will tell for years to come.
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UAKII WILDERNESS BUSH CAMP ǀ Accommodation in the Omaheke Region of Namibia
The singular Uakii Wilderness Bushcamp offers visitors a rare cultural, heritage and wilderness experience, providing a new tourism concept both in the region and in greater Namibia. Visitors are accommodated in rustic tented camps that are clean and comfortable.
Guests experience the sparkling starlit night skies beside the campfire and exchange stories with the camp’s warm and hospitable San family.
Guests are collected at 8h00 from their accommodation in Windhoek and driven to the eastern town of Gobabis, which is the capital of the Omaheke Region. Established in the 1800s, Gobabis is one of the oldest towns and boasts both enchanting old architecture and interesting modern additions to its serene urban layout.
During the tour, you’re educated about the town’s role as a regional economic hub and gain an in-depth understanding of its economic and social structure. Enroute to Gobabis, we make a quick stop at a convenient station for snacks and refreshments before proceeding to Wilderness Bush Camp.
Take in the breath-taking beauty of the Kalahari Desert and learn more about the Batswana on a visit to a community settlement, which consists of a population of less than 3 000 people. A short stop-over is made at a local dancing youth group centre which provides a number of unemployed Namibians the opportunity to engage in cultural expression through traditional Batswana dance.
The fantastic dance set combines natural local dance skills with dramatic musical renditions and expresses the inherent freedom of traditional life in the Kalahari. Guests are able to witness a unique lifestyle encapsulated in an environment unlike any other.
Guests are then taken to visit the Ovaherero and Ovambanderu tribes for an interactive experience of their fascinating culture and tradition. During this immersive experience, guests assist with herding cattle and milking a cow which is an integral and valuable part of local life.
The ladies in the group are offered the chance to try on a traditional Otjiherero dress, and to make and sample traditional homemade bread. Guests are also taught the handling and pouring of milk in a calabash, and experience daily life in the village.
In the afternoon, the tour arrives at Wilderness Bushcamp for its overnight stay. You are greeted by the gentle and hospitable resident San family who look after you for the stay.
This remarkable family will teach you how to make a traditional bow and arrow, as well as ostrich egg pearls and other crafts. The entire experience lasts for about an hour to an hour and a half. This is followed by a bush walk, during which the San family teach their age-old hunting skills. Long revered as skilful hunters, the San explain their special hunting techniques involving tracking, reading wind directions and stalking.
You are also taught other essential San survival skills, such as spear throwing, shooting with a bow and arrow, how to make rope and snares, gather bush food and edible plants and the most important skill of making fire.
As the Kalahari sun sets on this unforgettable day, the San celebrate their time with you singing, dancing, playing games and rope jumping which is an irresistible experience and you’re encouraged to join in the festivities.
Includes: Lunch and dinner
Enjoy an early morning breakfast with coffee. After bidding farewell to their San hosts, we return to Windhoek where you are dropped off at your accommodation or at the International Airport, as per their requirements.
Expect to arrive back in Windhoek between 12h00-13h00.
The itinerary may change according to the time of year or unexpected changes at the village.
COLLECT & DROP OFF
This tour departs every Friday morning
Collect in Windhoek: Between 07h30 and 08h00 (within city limits)
Drop off in Windhoek: Between 12h30 and 13h00 (within city limits)
1 night/2 days
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