296. Ghanzi, Republic of Botswana

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Why

Have you ever met a real Bushman from Africa? Well, if you go to Ghanzi, you will. I don’t think you’ll want to live like a local though as it will take you way back. I had such a fun time on this safari with Wold Dog Safaris.

Ghanzi, Botswana - Dqae Qare San Lodge Getting a lesson from the Bushman

Ghanzi, Botswana – Dqae Qare San Lodge Getting a lesson from the Bushman

Where

Ghanzi is located in Botswana just across the border with Namibia. It is deep into the wilderness.

How To Get Here

By Train

There is no rail service to this area.

By Plane

There are a few different ways to get here by commercial airplane. I flew into Windhoek, Namibia and started my safari there. You may also fly into the capital of Botswana, Gabarone and start your journey there too.

The Sir Seretse Khama International Airport is located in Gabarone, Botswana (GBE).

The following airlines serve the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE):

Air Botswana (BP), Ethiopian Airlines (ET), Air Namibia (SW) and South African Airways (SA).

The Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) is home to Air Namibia (SW).

The following airlines serve the Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH):

Air France (AF), British Airways (BA), Condor (DE), Delta Air Lines (DL), Ethiopian Airlines (ET), Eurowings (EW), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), Qatar Airways (QR), SW, South African Airways (SA) and TAAG ANGOLA AIRLINES (DT).

Windhoek, Namibia - Windhoek Airport (WDH)

Windhoek, Namibia – Windhoek Airport (WDH)




By Bus

There is no bus service.

By Car

If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions. Ensure that you follow the local rules and read up on the border crossing requirements. You will have to ensure you have all the documents for the car you are driving.

By Safari

This is the preferred method. I worked with Wild Dog Safaris for this trip and I can highly recommend them.

Where To Stay

If you want the true experience of staying in the wilderness aka the bush, then stay at the Dqae Qare San Lodge and camp out. They do have rooms you can rent as well. It’s a pretty wild experience.

Ghanzi, Botswana - Dqae Qare San Lodge

Ghanzi, Botswana – Dqae Qare San Lodge

 

Ghanzi, Botswana – Dqae Qare San Lodge Camp Site

It was interesting to go walking with the Bushman the next morning and have him show us where the animals roamed only the night before. We stepped gingerly to avoid scorpions who had burrowed their way back into their holes after coming out at night. Remember, we camped just feet away from the walk.

As I traveled with Wild Dog Safaris, they took care of all the details.

 

Where To Eat

You can eat at your Lodge or if you camped like I did with Wild Dog Safaris, you can prepare your own food. This area is quite remote and does not have many places to eat.

Ghanzi, Botswana - Dqae Qare San Lodge Camp Site Dinner

Ghanzi, Botswana – Dqae Qare San Lodge Camp Site Dinner

What To Do

Enjoy a walk with the bushman and a tribal dance and also enjoy sleeping under the stars and being one with nature.

Ghanzi, Botswana - Dqae Qare San Lodge Camp Site Tribal Dance

Ghanzi, Botswana – Dqae Qare San Lodge Camp Site Tribal Dance

Additional Information

Language: English, Tswana

Currency: Botswana Pula (BWP)

Botswana Tourism Organisation

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2 Responses

  1. We did our “camping” at a lodge in South Africa, near Kruger National Park, but we did our day and night game drives in a completely open vehicle. They told us not to stand up when we were within feet of a lion and a leopard or the animal would perceive us as a threat—- or even worse, as prey! Our 3 nights there were one of our favorite travel experiences ever.

    • kerwin says:

      Oh Suzanne, that’s super. That’s the expression my driver used my whole time on this trip, he’s Namibian. Yeah in Botswana, I did a game drive in an open vehicle as well. Very strict rules to adhere to. I’m glad you had a wonderful time there.

      Kerwin.

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