Walking with the San

Walking with the San

The San are the indigenous people of Southern Africa, calling it their home for tens of thousands of years. Largely hunter-gatherers, their territories spanning across the vast expanse of wild, untouched African nature. The tribes are well-known for their profound connection with their land, their intimate knowledge of the natural world, and the delicate balance they have maintained for millennia with the environment.

It fills me with excitement and gratitude, that I can spend a week at the end of May, walking with them in the Kalahari. The Kalahari Desert in Botswana, has been described in many ways, but for me what it depicts is untouched desert beauty, solitude with sky around one as far as the eye can see.
The above sounds like from a book or movie, and it’s hard to comprehend, that in 2017, the Western way of life has almost but engulfed the way of the Bushmen, like many other indigenous tribes. Indigenous cultures are diminishing as rapid as our wildlife and nature for that matter. The interconnectedness of all things, cannot be depicted any clearer. Humanity is at a cross road, and as part of this interconnection, each human has the responsibility to care.

We live in a digital world, but no one has ever denied a good story. Recently, I have begun to feel this urge to gather the stories of people’s life to preserve these. How can we preserve a culture as precious, unique and connected as the one of the San? The time spent with them, will be about hearing their stories, listening to their truths and way of life. Learning how survival was possible, in a land with almost no water and limited food sources. These stories shall be written and re-told in an attempt, to share them with the world, to evoke empathy and understanding and therefore preservation and protection.





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