Does The Bushmen Tribe of Kalahari In Africa Still Exist?

The Bushmen are a nomadic people who have lived in southern Africa for thousands of years.

Today, they reside only in the bleak Kalahari Desert. They eke out a harsh existence by hunting, just as their ancestors have done for ages. But the Bushmen once roamed the much more fertile areas that surround the Kalahari.

In 3000 B.C., the Bushmen ruled all of southern Africa and much of east Africa, too. Then around 500, Bantu peoples from West Africa pushed into the Bushmen’s homeland, driving the Bushmen and the Hottentots, a related people, from their land.

The Bushmen’s last refuge was the Kalahari Desert. There were once perhaps 350,000 Bushmen in this part of Africa. Today, Only about 30,000 live in Botswana, and another 20,000 live in Namibia.

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2 thoughts on “Does The Bushmen Tribe of Kalahari In Africa Still Exist?”

  1. Today they prefer to be called by the proper name – the San people. The San reside in and around the Kalahari Desert as well as in Botswana and the northern to north-western parts of South Africa as well as in Namibia. Originally the San were hunter-gatherers. Among the modern San, some are very successful livestock farmers and many of them are employed in nature conservation and national game parks. They are highly knowledgeable about animals and their migration, and are regarded as among the best trackers in the world.

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