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Africa's Last Hunter-Gatherers

Read about the San people...

A 50 000 YEAR OLD CULTURE

One of only 14 known surviving ancestral population clusters from which all known modern humans descend - they sit closer to the root of the human tree than anyone.

They are one of five populations with the highest levels of genetic diversity - thus age - in the whole of Africa.

Timeless pursuers of the hunter-gatherer lifestyle, they sit amongst the strongest social kinship structures anywhere on earth. Conversant, leisurely, loyal, and tough. Self sufficient in the production of food and survivors of months of drought in the desert, if necessary the men can run for days.

These are the San people.

LAST TRACES OF AN ANCIENT WAY OF LIFE

The last remnants of the previously extensive indigenous San people of Southern Africa are currently living in the Kalahari regions of northern South Africa, southern Botswana, and southern Namibia. At times lost and forgotten, these San people have been living their ancient nomadic way of life - wandering, hunting, foraging, and socialising - in the Kalahari Desert for thousands of years, undisturbed by modern civilisations.

It is only since the relatively recent 1950's through to even the 1990's that the increased risk of a hunter-gatherer lifestyle in the face of technological innovation forced many to switch their lifestyle toward one of farming. Fighting for territory against modern governments has proved tough for them, and as a result the land they have previously had available to live on is rapidly shrinking.

Very little is known about the different dialects of southern Africa's San people, as only one of these beautiful and unique languages, Xam, was ever recorded at all.
Today they have almost no land left on which to hunt and gather. Facing renewed government repression, they are largely being relocated off their land to settlement camps elsewhere and rarely able to hunt, they risk their lifestyle becoming a distant memory. Experience them while you can.

WHERE'S THE BEST PLACE TO EXPERIENCE THIS?

Discover the cultures of the San people by visiting Kalahari Plains Camp, in Botswana.


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