Nhoma Safari Camp, Tsumke

Introduction

This small tented camp offers a fantastic opportunity to interact with local San Bushmen. It is situated in the north eastern corner of Namibia, on state-owned land within the traditional area of the Ju/’hoan San, or Bushmen as they are more commonly known. The camp borders the Nyae Nyae and Nna Jaqna Conservancies.

Nhoma Safari Camp comprises 10 double or twin ensuite Meru tents on wooden decks, each with a view over the Nhoma omuramba (fossil river bed). The tents are well spaced and are shaded by Zambesi teak trees. Five tents feature a corner bath within a partitioned area of the main tent, whilst the remaining five each include a grass-enclosed shower adjoining the tent.

There is no electricity supply in the tents; lighting is provided by solar power and camera batteries can be charged in the main dining area. There is no cell phone reception here but wifi is available at the camp. Meals, drinks and activities are included.

Nhoma Safari Camp is activity-focused and has very strong ties with the local community, working closely with the Bushmen to provide visitors with a real insight into their traditional way of life and to help support them with a source of income too. With a limited number of guests at the camp, interaction with the Bushmen is personal, spontaneous and authentic.

A minimum two-night stay is recommended at Nhoma, allowing time to immerse yourself in this special corner of Namibia and get to know the villagers.

Features

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • All meals included
  • Activities included with local Bushmen community
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Optional Activities

Activities on offer will vary depending on the time of year and local community events, but may include the chance to join the Bushmen in making hunting equipment, preparing hides, cooking or making crafts. Joining in with traditional games is an undoubted highlight, as is the opportunity to watch a traditional healing dance.

A full day excursion in the company of local Ju/’hoan hunters is also offered, which will include the collecting and eating of bush foods whilst searching for tracks. Most hunts are unsuccessful and the Ju/’hoansi rarely eat meat – the finding of a bee’s nest is just as important as hunting an animal. The medicinal use of plants will also be pointed out along the way, as well as demonstrations on the making of fire by various methods and other survival techniques, such as making rope and setting traps.

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