Learning to hunt as a child with the San bushmen in Botswana
The plight of the San Bushmen of Botswana is today at a critical juncture as the Govt of Botswana wrestles with the land use pressure that comes with development. But this has been a long running issue. On this journey at the age of about 10, I travelled with my father to see the San Bushmen and look at the world famous rock paintings in the Tsodilo Hills. To this day I can still remember the Bushman patiently trying to teach me to use his bow and arrow and in his own way trying to explain what it was like to be living on borrowed time with regard to the preservation of his culture and traditional way of life. It was very moving and thought provoking. Of course there are many other traditional nomadic tribes under similar threat (the Himba in Nambia, the Masaai and Samburu in Kenya, the Hamer and Mursi in Ethiopia being just a few). Lose these people and their traditions and we are doing ourselves huge damage. Experiential travel and learning to live more sustainably on this fragile planet is about engagement and learning and these tribes should be our living ‘professors’. Alas in time they may not exist to do just that.
By Joss Kent, Adventure Travel Correspondent