Over the past week or so, we’ve been able to process a lot of Africa Safari videos from safaris that Bill has taken in the past. We’re looking at putting in a completely customizable on-demand video channel right on this site where you can search for videos by location, animals, or other content. Until that section of the website is up and running, be sure to check out the Africa Safari Video Channel at YouTube.
Today, we’re featuring a couple of these videos taken by Bill in November, 2007 when he was on a Botswana safari at Deception Valley Lodge. These videos are 2 of 5 that feature Kalahari Bushmen demonstrating traditional survival skills that have been handed down from generation to generation. Those of you who are regular visitors to TheWildSource.com know that in addition to a wildlife focus, the focus is also on giving back to local communities – and providing fantastic cultural experiences to clients who are interested. These videos provide a bit of insight into the cultural opportunities that are available while you’re on safari.
Bushmen Finding Water in the Kalahari Desert
This first video is of a Bushman named !Xashi (the ‘!’ represents a click sound) digging up a root. They then shave down the root and squeeze the shavings to extract the water using the thumb as kind of a spout to direct the water into their mouth. I have drank water with this method, it is refreshing and has a bit of a radish type flavor. Note that the root is completely reusable. They bury it back in the sand and use it again at a later time.
Bushmen building a bird snare
This second video features two Kalahari Bushmen, !Xashi and !Xunta, building a bird snare. After carefully constructing the snare, !Xashi demonstrates with a wooden bird how the snare works – and the snare springs to life, snatching up the stick. The same method with a slightly different design can be used to snare mammals by their leg.
For the rest of our Africa Safari Videos (they are around 50 currently) – check out the Africa Safari Video Channel at YouTube.