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Guests will be able to enjoy insights into the ancient skills and
wisdom of San hunter-gatherers during guided bush-walks.

Renowned Ju/’hoansi trackers from Nyae Nyae in remote north-eastern Namibia will be teaming up with Shamwari guides to offer something really special. The Ju/’hoansi are the last of the San people in Southern Africa who still command the full suite of hunter-gatherer skills.

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Ju/’hoansi track and hunt with bow and poisoned arrow, and the fittest amongst them engage in persistence hunting – pursuing an animal until it drops from exhaustion. They have the extraordinary ability – passed from generation to generation for tens of thousands of years – to track wildlife across almost any terrain, interpreting the animal behaviour intimately as they go.

Only a handful of trackers across the Kalahari Basin have been accredited as Indigenous Masters, the highest possible level of accomplishment. In January, two of the very best, Master Trackers / ui-Kxunta and /ui-G/aqo, will join with Shamwari’s own skilled rangers on the first trail, limited to a maximum of six guests on each excursion.

Other ace trackers such as Dam Debe – who played a cameo part as a child in The Gods must be Crazy – will make their appearance on later trails.

While tracking is their extraordinary forte, the trackers will also offer demonstrations of their fire-lighting skills with fire-sticks and bow-and-arrow performances (sans poisoned tips). Guests will be invited to try their hand at tracking, archery and rock art interpretations, and be able to listen to fireside stories of the old ways in distant times.

The specialised adventure forms part of the Explorer Camp experience, a 2-day encounter that takes guests closer to nature than they have ever been before. Guests are required to secure the San Tracking Experience by booking their stay at this one-of-a-kind camp on their preferred set dates.

This once-in-a-lifetime experience is available for R8,000 per person sharing per night at Shamwari’s unique Explorer Camp. It is inclusive of accommodation, meals, beverages and the Indigenous San Tracking Experience.

The San Tracking Experience dates for 2020 are:

28 - 30 January

31 January - 02 February

14 - 16 April

17 - 19 April

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