Go Big Namibia Day 3: Big History


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Emeritta Lillo is on the road with the #GoBigNamibia tour. Each day she'll be sharing their adventures, so stay tuned for some handy travel tips and inspiration. Follow the team on Twitter @NamibiaHorizons #GoBigNamibia and Facebook for a chance to win

Today the Go Big team woke up early. After a breakfast of ostrich eggs we piled in the van and headed northwards towards Tsintsabis to meet the San people. The San are one of the 13 different ethnic groups in Namibia and believed to be the world’s first people.   

We arrived at Treesleeper Camp and met our guide Elvis. He took us on a winding bushwalk where he explained the healing properties of the Aloe Plant, the Thamboti tree and how a droplet of sap from the Tiger Lilly plant was used to poison arrow tips for hunting.

The team got a lesson in survival from Elvis and he taught us to start a fire the San way. Two wooden sticks and some grass rubbed just right can mean the difference between a cooked meal and a safe camp!

Ees and Liz picked up the technique right away making them the people we’d “most like to be stuck on a desert island with.”

 

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The San use string made from onions

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Ever wondered how to catch a guinea fowl for dinner? Elvis shows us how

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To light a fire, all you need is two sticks and some dry grass...

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...but it's not as easy as it looks!

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Ees meets some fans en route to Etosha


Read what the other Go Big adventurers had to say about theire encounter with the San:

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Laurel Robins on Monkeys & Mountains

How to Catch a Guinea Fowl: Namibian Bushman Style

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Rachel Lang on Africa Geographic

Secrets of the San

 

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