Walk of Ancient Wisdom


US$ 23,855 Per Person


7 Days


Set Departure: 7 - 13 June 2024


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US$ 23,855 Per Person


7 Days


Set Departure: 7 - 13 June 2024


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An exclusive 7-day walk with the San Bushmen guided by Ralph Bousfield and Aleksandra (N/aisa) Orbeck. A minimum of 25% of the amount you pay towards this safari goes directly towards supporting the San people, as well as wildlife conservation efforts in the Makgadikgadi.

Why You’ll Love It:

  • The San people are the true bush scientists & nature masters of the Kalahari. Guided by their inner wisdom you will have the rare & extraordinary privilege to spend time with these guardians of nature.
  • You'll be joined by two exceptional guides as you follow in the footsteps of the Bushmen, learning age old rituals and traditions & gaining exceptional knowledge of how they live in the Kalahari, whilst out in the beauty of nature.
  • Money raised from this exclusive safari goes towards supporting the San people and their sustainable living initiatives, as well as wildlife conservation efforts in the area.
  • You'll stay at two luxury lodges, San Camp & Jack's Camp, as well as sleep under the stars with the Bushmen on the magical Makgadikgadi Pans.

This itinerary is fully customizable. To change this itinerary, please enquire with us.

What’s Included:

  • All accommodation, guest laundry, all meals & local beverages.
  • Traveling costs as per itinerary and entrance and park fees.
  • All activities, internal flights and road transfers.
  • Applicable tourism levies, taxes, and all relevant VAT.

Exclusions: Premium brand drinks, gratuities and fully comprehensive travel insurance.



This superlative safari experience is not just about wildlife conservation but also about exploring the rich cultural heritage of the San people, who have lived in harmony with the natural world for thousands of years.

As you walk across the expansive salt pans, your guides will share their knowledge of the land and its inhabitants, from the smallest insects to the majestic elephants that roam the area. You will learn about the San people’s traditional hunting and gathering practices, their intricate knowledge of medicinal plants and their spiritual beliefs that are deeply rooted in their connection to the land. This journey is not just about sightseeing and learning but also about making a difference. Money raised from this exclusive safari will go towards supporting the San people and their sustainable living initiatives, as well as wildlife conservation efforts in the area.



Arrive at San Camp – surely one of the most romantic camps in Africa. Imagine a smattering of billowing white tents, shaded by desert palms and surrounded by a thousand acres of shimmering nothingness. San Camp offers a serene atmosphere and beautiful views of the endless Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.

Once settled in, join your guides Ralph and Aleksandra for afternoon tea in the tea tent. Ralph will explain the geological formation of Botswana and the salt pans to you, as well as the connection between the environment and how/why we have evolved. This will set the scene for the days ahead and all the secrets you will uncover walking with the San Bushmen in the magical Makgadikgadi Pans.

After an evening game drive with your two guides, return to camp for a lamp-lit dinner in the elegant mess tent. You’ll find antique display cases crammed with interesting collections of bones, pottery, stone tools and beadwork. After dinner spend a little time reading and relaxing in the small library section before bed time.


Set off in the morning to visit some of the Kalahari’s most fascinating inhabitants, the meerkats. As a meerkat’s wake up time is weather dependent, breakfast might be enjoyed in camp on cooler and rainy days, or as a picnic on warmer, sunnier days. Due to an ongoing habituation programme, it’s possible for guests to get up close with these captivating creatures.

The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans is a desert and intriguing landscape, the Pans form a large part of the Kalahari Basin and this shiny salt-baked setting is iconic in its beauty and size. You might think at first glance that not a soul could survive in the bizarre environment – but spending your days here will uncover a myriad of wonder and wildlife. This is a corner of Africa where little has changed for thousands of years.

This afternoon you’ll be taken through the bush to meet the Bushmen at the traditionally built Bushmen village, where the community gathers during the day. The huts provide shelter from the harsh Kalahari environment, but are not the community’s permanent accommodation.

On arrival, the elders of the community will meet you in a traditional manner after which you will walk out into the bush with the men, women and children. The focus of this afternoon walk will be to provide a gentle introduction to the Kalahari and Bushmen way of life.


Today you start with an early breakfast and departure on the Bushmen walk. You will be joined by a San Bushmen family, including men, women and young children.

The purpose of the walk is not to cover long distances, but to go out and see and understand the environment through the eyes of the Bushmen who have been living in this environment for the past 35,000 years.

The group will point out the distinct ecological characteristics of this area and its animal and bird species. Spontaneous gathering and discussions about the uses of plants and wildlife by your Bushmen guides provide the link between their culture and this wild environment.

Arrival at fly camp. Time to relax and enjoy a delicious and refreshing lunch. Afternoon siesta amongst the gigantic palms of the Makgadikgadi grassland.

In the afternoon another walk will focus on the gathering of medicinal plants. Traditionally in the Bushmen community the women are the gatherers, while the men are in charge of the hunting. Return to the fly camp for dinner and drinks.

The main area of the fly camp is shaded with comfy cushions and rugs where guests can relax. Tonight you will sleep in mosquito net tents on bedrolls. The bathroom has a hot water bucket shower and a short drop loo.


After breakfast spend time with the Bushmen and watch the men prepare bows, arrows and quivers.

You may be introduced to traditional games that are a form of entertainment for families and also a way to develop hand-to-eye coordination.

Some of the women will show you how they make beads from ostrich eggs and the simple, but striking jewellery that they make from porcupine quills, seeds and ostrich eggs. Leather is also decorated with both glass and ostrich beads to complex and beautiful effect.

Time for lunch and siesta. In the afternoon walk toward the edges of the salt pans where guests will find the quad bike and, led by Ralph and Aleksandra will go on an exploration of the salt pans, watch the sun set and the stars rise.

This is one of the only places in the world where the silence is so complete you can hear the blood circulating through your ears. There is not one visual landmark to be seen and one swiftly loses one’s sense of perspective – 16,000 square kilometres of expansive ancient salt pans.

During the evening the Bushmen will gather around the fire to do a trance dance. The trance dance may include as many as 20 people including healers.

This is a deeply spiritual experience for the Bushmen. It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to observe the mysterious passage of the healer into a state of semi-consciousness (entirely induced by breathing technique), where he can make contact with his clan’s spirit guides.

The aim of the trance is to provide both healing and to clear the air of conflict and tension. The women sit bolt upright, clapping and singing into the early hours while the men tirelessly dance a well-worn groove into the earth circle.

Dinner will be served either before or after the trance dance and guests will sleep at the fly camp in the salt pans: metal beds with bedrolls under the stars.


Early in the morning comb the edge of the extinct lakeshore to find some of the many stone tools and fossils that litter the pan surface and learn of the origins of early man. You’ll head back to Jack’s Camp in time for a delicious brunch. After some down time, enjoy a decadent high tea before heading off to enjoy a game drive in the reserve early afternoon.

Return back to camp for dinner and overnight. Jack’s Camp offers more space, unfathomable comfort for desert life, luxury fit for a maharaja and heaps of adventure. The main mess tent is where everyone meets for meals along a vintage 36-seater dining table, surrounded by a world of unimaginable style. Persian and North African rugs underfoot, cool cotton sheets and mahogany and brass campaign-style kit from the family safari stores form a striking contrast with the rugged wilderness viewed from the comfort of one’s own veranda.

ADD ON: If you’d like to charter a helicopter over the Pans to Kubu Island, this can be arranged today. You’ll visit this granite extrusion island, studded with baobabs, and one of the most graphically beautiful spots in Botswana. It is rich with intriguing detail, such as walling, trade and Bushmen beads brought here to barter in pursuit of the salt that ices the surrounding Pans. This place has been the holiest secret of the Kalahari Bushmen for longer than anyone knows, a place of power and ritual.


Today we head to the Makgadikgadi National Park to delve deeper into the secrets of this salt crusted lunar like landscape. Join your guides for breakfast before driving out in search of some unique desert species such as aardvark, bat eared foxes, aardwolves, and the elusive brown hyaena, which is the third rarest large carnivore in Africa, with only about 8,000 in the wild.

Return to camp for a relaxing afternoon. After tea in the tea tent (mouth-watering treats are a must), you’ll head off for an evening-turned-into-night game drive. With the aid of a spot light, look for nocturnal desert inhabitants such as aardvark, bat eared foxes, aardwolves, porcupine, honey badgers and perhaps even a black maned Kalahari Lion. You’ll arrive back in camp in time for your last dinner.

DAY 7: After breakfast we bid you farewell in preparation for your onward journey.

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Ralph Bousfield

Ralph Bousfield comes from a long line of African pioneers and adventurers; he went on his first safari at the age of three. His family has guided safaris for five generations, the first guide in the family 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 1 June 1879.

Ralph’s passion for the Kalahari and the Bushmen began at a very young age as he was very lucky to have one of the greatest teachers and mentors, his father, Jack Bousfield. Growing up on safari, and hunting as a professional his whole life, his father worked with some of the greatest traditional hunters and trackers in Africa.

Jack’s respect for the Bushmen rubbed off on Ralph, and from a very young age, he had the good fortune to spend all his free time on safari with his father and his team. Ralph spearheaded the building of Jack’s Camp in the Kalahari Desert’s striking Makgadikgadi Pans. Jack’s Camp and Uncharted Africa were pioneers in tourism in this remote area of Botswana and today are part of the Natural Selection portfolio.

Aleksandra (N/aisa) Orbeck

Aleksandra is an actress, filmmaker, artist and activist, who has fought hunters and poachers to protect wildlife, walked 1490 km across Namibia, and worked side by side with one of the world’s oldest indigenous peoples – the San people in Namibia, for more than ten years. When Aleks was 15, she moved to Paris and NYC to work as a model and study method acting. But at 18 years old, after being held at gun point in NYC, she decided to make a drastic change.

She went to Namibia to work with wild animals and spent a few years caring for lions and leopards. She later started the organisation Nanofasa in Namibia working alongside with the San people to safeguard their rights and give them a platform to speak to the world about nature and help cure the poverty of heart in the western world.

When she is not working to preserve nature, animals or walking across countries in Africa, she works as an actress, motivational speaker and filmmaker. She is on a mission to create a global warming of hearts, because she believes that if people feel better, nature heals better.


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