Ghanzi

In the middle of Kalahari desert, lies a small town of big importance. Administrative center of Ghanzi district and also known as the "capital of Kalahari" is the town of Ghanzi. It is made different ethnic groups such as Afrikaners, San/ Bushmen, Bakgalagadi and Baherero but they speak a standard language Shekgalagari.
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 Highways.

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 beyond reckoning.
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.

The 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 live together.
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.

To book a village stay book the "Village Stay" accomodation option on the supporting lodge of your choice