The Bushman Experience
The primary aim for the establishment of Get Real Africa’s Walking Safari’s was to provide nature lovers with the opportunity to walk in real and unspoilt African environments.
However, the introduction of Bushmen, initially as guides only, has revealed a pool of knowledge and wisdom which has intrigued and fascinated most guests to such an extent that the focus of the Get Real Africa experience has shifted to providing a more holistic Bushmen cultural experience.
This has meant that the walking has become less arduous with more time spent gaining insight into the fascinating world of the Bushmen and witnessing the harmonious relationship they enjoy with the natural world.
The Bushmen programme has now been designed to satisfy guests with a greater range of interests.
No people have a better knowledge of Africa’s plants or understanding of Africa’s animals than do the Bushmen.
They are the ultimate botanists of Africa with the Kalahari plants providing both their pantry and their pharmacy.
Their spoor identification and tracking abilities are legendary. Children start by tracking their mothers and for hunters their tracking ultimately culminates at a level where their minds ‘merge’ with the animal they are tracking.
Spending time with the Bushmen provides insight into a culture very different from that of modern man. It is the culture of the hunter-gatherer, a culture of survival and one closest to that of our earliest ancestors.
Find out how their happiness and contentment did not depend on accumulations but rather on controlling ego and connectivity to the inner self, community and the natural world.
The Bushmen are now considered to be the most successful society in history.
What accumulated wisdom enabled this achievement.
What philosophies enabled the Bushmen to not only survive but thrive in the inhospitable wilderness of the Kalahari for more than 100 000 years? What mindset prevented them from desecrating their natural world?
Of all indigenous people the Bushmen have the unique distinction of never having waged war. What is it about their culture that enabled this remarkable achievement?
The Bushmen live in a very spiritual world and many observed incidences can only have a spiritual explanation. Modernisation has numbed even our ability to understand this world.
Participate in a Bushmen Healing Dance and observe how the spiritually connected dancers enter into a state of ‘raised sensory awareness or consciousness’ (not trance!), which enables them to perform spiritual healing.
The Xgau Clan
Eighty years ago there will still Bushmen living in Botswana who had never seen a white man. Today there are very few Bushmen allowed to live according to their original culture and values.
To find Bushmen still having the knowledge of the “Old People”, and able to exhibit it, is very rare. After many attempts Get Real Africa was able to find a band of Bushmen suitable to provide guests with an authentic Bushmen experience.
The Bushmen from the Central Kalahari region of Botswana are also considered to be the greatest survivalists of all Bushmen as they survived in the most hostile area of all. An area which provided no surface water for most of the year and therefore also less game on which to hunt.
Interacting with these friendly and harmless people has proved to be life changing for those privileged enough to have done so.