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Kalahari Desert - Botswana

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Into the Bush Kgalagadi North District  Botswana

Into the Bush

I've been to many deserts around the world, but one of my favorites is the Kalahari, which extends about 350,000 square miles and covers much of Botswana. Part of the reason is because the Kalahari is really a savannah that supports a lot of plant and wildlife in addition to people.

After driving through Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, we crossed the border into Botswana. A few hours later, we were surrounded by the semi-arid-semi-lush scenery as far as the eye could see. We soon arrived at the community of Ghanzi - Bushman territory.

Our rest stop for the night was a domed straw hut that looked like a beehive (unfortunately, AFAR only allows for one image per story). The Bushmen who lived in the area warmly greeted us and took us on a short walking tour through their habitat. As we wandered along, we learned how this diminishing population forages, hunts, cooks and utilizes the land for everything required for living.

The lifestyle of the Bushmen is truly fascinating, but I was especially enthralled by two particular members of the tribe - this beautiful woman and her baby, both of whom fit so perfectly and naturally together in their environment.