Ghanzi is a town in the middle of the Kalahari Desert, in Botswana's
West. It is the administrative center of Ghanzi District and is known as
the "Capital of the Kalahari".
Ghanzi is a place of different
ethnic groups such as Afrikaners, San/ Bushmen, Bakgalagadi and
Baherero, who all have a spirit of tolerance, and live together very
harmoniously. Residents of this place speak different languages such as
Afrikaans, English, San, Sekgalagadi and Seherero, but their standard
language is Shekgalagari.
Ghanzi is a common stop-over point for
travelers wishing to visit the Okavango Delta; there are several lodges
in the area and one petrol station. It is the only available fill-up
point between Kang and Maun, which is a span of about 500 km, if
travelling from Gaborone to the Okavango Delta via the A2 and A3
A small town of around 10 000 people, it is still five
times the size of any other town in the region. Ghanzi is a prime
destination for visitors who are interested in cultural immersion and
learning about the San people who have lived in the Kalahari for time
Dqae Qare Game Farm is owned by the San people of D’Kar, near Ghanzi,
Botswana. It comprises a 7500 hectare (18,000 acre) farm in the heart of
the Kalahari Desert and is stocked with a wide variety of game.
Here, the people of D’Kar have been celebrating their unique culture with pride and dignity for two decades.
Naro San invite you into their world with their typical friendliness
and delightful attitude to life that captures the heart of so many
guests. Dqae Qare was the very first “Bushman Experience” and all income
goes to support the San, in the operation of the farm and support for
the D’Kar people, among the poorest on the planet.
At the Dqae
Qare Game Farm, you can experience a range of traditional cultural
experiences from one of the oldest living cultures in the world,
including traditional dancing, bush walks, craft making, San history,
rope making and trap setting, fire making, game drives, story telling
and star talk. A group of ten San elders and a collection of children
will go out of their way for a full day and evening to share every
surviving aspect of their culture with your group.
Kuru Dance Festival was first held in 1997 as a small event for Basarwa
(San) people as culture day in D’kar to showcase their talents and
creativity in traditional songs and dance. The Kuru Dance Festival has
grown over the years into a national annual event attended by different
ethnic dance groups and individual performers from other parts of
Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. The main aim of Kuru Dance Festival,
which is now in its 18th year, is to uplift the interest of San people
to uphold, promote, preserve and use their culture for their identity
and recognition. Kuru Dance Festival thus also strives to encourage San
communities to exchange their unique culture and value in order to
regain their self-esteem. It is culture which forms the basis of how to
The D’Kar Museum is popular with tourists who stop to read the history,
see the exhibition and to purchase crafts, art and the ever-popular Kuru
Art Calendar from the craft shop. The Centre and the Naro Giraffe Dance
Group share workshops and cultural exchanges with San from different
areas and organise the popular and annual Kuru Dance Festival. This is
the largest cultural exchange for the San and attracts groups from all
over Southern Africa. These workshops and cultural exchanges continue to
pass along the traditional practices to the younger generation, and
re-establish self-esteem in the communities.