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Dqae Qare San Lodge is a unique Kalahari experience as it is owned and run by the San (Bushmen) people. Set up as a social enterprise the Lodge supports the local San D’Kar community through employment and is a crucial project in the San’s quest for cultural survival. As a guest of the San at Dqae Qare you are making a crucial ethical statement whilst enjoying all the benefits of our excellent accommodation, traditional cuisine and extensive adventure and cultural activities.
The main Lodge has seven rooms, all en-suite and beautifully decorated with traditional San artwork and murals. All rooms have mosquito netting and both solar lighting and solar hot water. Five rooms have a double bed and a single bed, one has two single beds and the last has one single bed. The rooms are usually offered on a dinner, bed and breakfast rate. Our meals are substantial including a full English breakfast with yoghurt and cereals and a three course dinner. We strive to offer food of a high quality including local produce such as game meat along with San specials like Bushman truffles. A cheaper, non-catered option is available on the rooms although no additional catering facilities are available for guests. All rooms share a patio overlooking a floodlit waterhole for game. The main Lodge includes a delightful thatched Lapa area that serves as a lounge and a dining area. The Lapa overlooks a floodlit waterhole that attracts large numbers of antelope.
As a celebration of San culture, the community delight in sharing their culture and extraordinary knowledge of the Kalahari with guests through bush walks, traditional dancing, fire making, craft making, trapping and story telling. Guests can choose from individual activities or spend days living with the San in their traditional village located a short walk from the Lodge.
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Ghanzi is also known as ‘The capital of the Kalahari’ and is situated amongst a flat and featureless terrain, with bushes, thorn trees and grasslands coming alive in the rainy season. It is some 200km to the Namibia border post to the east or 300km to Maun to the west. The tarred roads are excellent and Ghanzi is served by its own airfield. Ghanzi is also a stopover point for travellers en-route to the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve.
Ghanzi has a couple of banks, of which one of them has an ATM. There are also 3 shopping centres and a couple of bottle stores. The Airfield garage just off the highway is the most convenient refuelling station. For those wishing to stay there are a few hotels and lodges in the Ghanzi area.
Employment in Ghanzi centres around cattle farming that supplies the Botswana Meat Commission with most of the required beef produce. There are also several RAD (Remote Area Development) settlements in the area, providing basic social services like schools and health facilities. Training in handicrafts, textiles, carpentry, dressmaking, livestock rearing and arable agriculture is also organized. Another development project in Ghanzi is Ghanzicraft, located on the main street in town, near the post office.
Bushmen (Basarwa) once dominated the region. Their survival strategies had been perfected over the centuries for living in such an inhospitable environment. They were joined later by the Bakgalagadi and gradually left to live in the Kalahari villages such as Ncojane, Matsheng and Kang.
After the Bushmen, it was the turn of Hottentots to settle in the Ghanzi area, tending large herds of cattle. In 1874, the first white settlers arrived, led by Hendrik van Zyl, a flamboyant character whose legend lives on in Ghanzi, as does the remains of his once magnificent house. Boer trekkers followed in the late 1890’s, lured by attractive business propositions. It turned out that the farm leases had been fraudulently acquired from Tawana Chief Moremi in Maun by Cecil Rhodes’ ‘legal advisers’.
But a commitment to cattle ranching was established in the early 1900’s and today there are over 200 cattle farms. The abundant supply of groundwater that feeds nutritious grasses, combined with improved ranching techniques, enhances the local experts boasts that Ghanzi ‘has the best cattle country in the world’.
Sports & natureThe Kuru Dance Festival, held every year in August, features the traditional song and dance of Kalahari dwellers, and brings visitors from all over the world. The festival is organised by the Kuru D’Kar Trust, part of the Kuru Family of Organisations (KFO, seven in all) which state their goal as the promotion of San culture. Several cattle farmers have developed game ranches and wildlife concessions – land allocated near their farms – and tourists come for wildlife viewing, excursions to CKGR, and desert walks with the San people,who share their ancient way of life that masterfully and respectfully exploited the food and water resources of the desert.
Culture and history infoHistory: The first Afrikaner to settle in Ghanzi was Hendrik van Zyl, who set up a small hunting and trading enterprise in the area around 1870. However, the first substantial Boer migration into Ghanzi began around 1897-1898. Ghanzi was also first a farm of someone. The place known today as Ghanzi, was first called Kamp. Kalahari Arms Hotel and the Barclays bank in Ghanzi are some of the first businesses established in Ghanzi Culture: Ghanzi is a place of different ethnic groups such as Basarwa, Bakgalagadi and Baherero who all have the spirit of tolerance. In addition to that, residents of this place speak different languages such as Sesarwa, Sekgalagadi and Seherero but their standard language is Shekgalagari.