"ROOTS IN THE KALAHARI" Ghanzi District by David&Pauline

Ghanzi District Travel Guide: 16 reviews and 108 photos

GHANZI, BOTSWANA

This trip represents a journey back to where we all began, to meet a people that still have the characteristics of all our races, the San of the Kalahari. It was these indigenous people that we most wanted to see, maybe to show the government that animals and landscape are not their only resource; their people have thousands of years of knowledge to enrich us with. Many people have written about the history and plight of the San Bushmen, we’d recommend Rupert Issacson’s THE HEALING LAND and Sandy Gall’s book THE BUSHMEN OF SOUTHERN AFRICA: THE SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENTS. Both books outline very well the suffering of a people who didn’t want to join the twenty-first century, who now have to learn new survival skills as they assimilate into modern Africa.
These gentle people can claim to be the ancestors of us all, coming from the land where the human race was born. Meeting the San you can see traces of all the people of the world, looking as much Oriental as they are African, you can imagine them wandering north, to gradually turn blacker and east to become brown, then white and yellow, as the millennia passed. Wherever we come from our racial ancestors are still awaiting our return to the birthing place, the Kalahari. These pages are dedicated to the Nharo San people of Ghanzi district in appreciation of the hospitality shown to three “blow-ins” from one of those nations that have promised to solve ALL of Africa’s problems.

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  • Pros:A rare chance to meet some very gentle people
  • Cons:It can be very cold in Winter
  • In a nutshell:A PLACE TO MEET OUR COMMON ANCESTORS
  • Last visit to Ghanzi District: Jul 2006
  • Intro Written Sep 5, 2006
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