Whether you’ve never been to Africa or have returned more times than you can keep count, here is a fresh opportunity to capture the diversity and culture that is Africa. With legendary guide, Ralph Bousfield, you can immerse yourself in the Bushmen Village located in the Kalahari Desert of Botswana.
This is an incredible opportunity to experience a dignified and sensitive Bushmen safari, the Bushmen people, and gain fascinate insight into their unique way of life.
Guests are able to accompany renowned safari guide and camp owner, Ralph Bousfield, on an authentic Bushmen Hunt where you will be granted the exclusive opportunity to respectfully observe the rituals and traditions related to its successful conclusion. In so doing, sustainable cultural tourism preserves the Bushmen culture for future generations.
While in the Bushmen Village, you will have the opportunity to meet the elders of the community, learn about the history, accompany women as they gather herbs and medicinal plants, observe how beads are made from ostrich shells and transformed into jewelry and watch the women as they perform the drum or melon dance.
If you elect to hunt, your experience will combine both culture and wildlife. You will search for poison grub beetles, sanseveria leaves and branches, watch the men make-up their hunting sets, follow Trackers as they use ancient skills that have been passed down from generation to generation as they search for the spiritual Eland using traditional bows and arrows, and observe a traditional feast and Trance Dance to celebrate the hunt. The final celebration is a deeply spiritual experience for the Bushmen people and not only is it intended to celebrate a successful hunt; it also provides healing for the community and removes conflict and tension.
For additional information, contact Frontiers Africa Department. With more than 40 years of experience, they can coordinate a cultural experience for the first time traveler to Africa or dive deep into the bush for the seasoned Africa adventurist.
Prices begin at $1,490 per person, per night, based on double occupancy, plus the cost of expert guide, at $2,550 per night. Contact Kathy Schulz (KSchulz@frontierstravel.com) for additional itinerary information.
About the guide: Ralph Bousfield
Ralph comes from a long line of African pioneers and adventurers. His family has guided safaris for four generations, the first guide being his maternal great grandfather, Major Richard Granville Nicholson, who escorted Princess Eugenie to see her son's grave and the site where he was killed in the Zulu war on June 1, 1879.
Ralph's father, Jack, grew up hunting crocodiles in Tanganyika with his father and was one of the first Great White Hunters to turn his back on hunting to become a conservationist. Ralph studied Nature Conservation and did his thesis on the Wattled Crane as an indicator species of Wetland Destruction. He furthered his studies at the International Crane Institute in Wisconsin under the famous George Archibald, who captively bred the Whooping Crane back from extinction.
Ralph then worked with his mother to establish Botswana's first Wildlife Orphanage and Education Center and upon Jack's tragic death in 1992, built Jack's Camp, with his partner Catherine, in Jack's memory (on the site of Jack's original, and considerably more rustic, camp from the 1960s). In 1998 Ralph co-produced and presented a sixteen part series for the Discovery Channel entitled 'Uncharted Africa', which was filmed in Botswana, Namibia, Kenya and Tanzania.