Namibia Part One: The San People


Namibia was originally colonized by the Germans, but was later colonized by South Africa hence the odd mix of German architecture and Afrikaans language. It is more developed than other parts of Africa, but unfortunately maintains a systemic racism much like South Africa.

The San people are also called bushmen and live around the perimeter of the Kalihari Desert. The men are typically hunters and the women are typically gatherers. They were initially displaced to the Kalihari Desert, but then moved again to the perimeter of the park. They have lived in Southern Africa for up to 20,000 years in the areas of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Angola, and South Africa. They are nomadic people, but only about 5,000 of them still live in the traditional way. We visited a living museum where elders taught us how they make fire, which medicinal plants they use, and how they hunt. They speak a click language and have a predominantly oral history.


The Hoba Meteriote struck the earth about 80,000 years ago and weighs up to one ton. It consists of mostly iron, nickel, and cobalt.


3 thoughts on “Namibia Part One: The San People

  1. I may have asked you this before, but can’t remember. How many people are you travelling with? Also how many countries in Africa are you going to visit and how long are you staying? Are you travelling with just one group, or are you changing groups? I love your posts. I had to binge them to try to keep up!! How are you finding the Wi-Fi / Internet in order to post in all of these remote areas? Cheers – Holly

    1. Hey! We just finished our tour with Intrepid. Our group changed every 2-3 weeks and each group had a different number of people. The guides and truck stayed the same the whole time. The first group was 22, the second was 7, and the third was 16. We visited 8 countries in total. The WiFi was honestly awful, hence why I posted all the blogs in three spurts. We just got to Mauritius though and it has GREAT WIFI 🙂

      1. Wow, you had quite the experience! It’s weird being without Wifi, isn’t it? I think it’s good for us to take a break and disconnect. It always makes me focus more on my surroundings.

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