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Tours & cruises: Botswana safari

May 12, 2011|By Avital Binshtock | Special to the Los Angeles Times

The "Bushmen Initiation Hunt" in Botswana, led by guide Ralph Bousfield, provides the rare chance to observe males as they undertake their coming-of-age hunt, a rite that’s nearly 30,000 years old. After the hunt, elders inscribe the young men with tattoos, and a celebratory trance dance is performed. Guests also accompany women as they gather medicinal and culinary plants.

Itinerary: Can vary, but stays within the western Kalahari

Dates: Available through September

Price: $1,430 per person, per night, for a minimum of eight nights (group size must be between six and eight people), including all meals, activities, guides, lodging and laundry service. The rate does not include airfare, transfers, premium beverages or gratuities. Extensions are available, at added cost, to Jack’s Camp, a classic safari-style tented resort, and Tsodilo Hills, an ancient rock art site.

Info: Uncharted Africa Safari Co., Johannesburg, South Africa; 011-27-011-447-605,

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