The San Bushmen of the Kalahari

Tonight on Survive the Tribe: Desert Hunters, Hazen joins the San bushmen of the Kalahari Desert for an extreme lesson in persistence hunting by some of the world’s best animal trackers. Venturing into the sweltering bush in 113 degrees weather, Hazen must find water fast. Making it through a scorpion-infested nightfall, Hazen undertakes his first endurance test: evade capture until sunset. Known to track their prey, the San bushmen make an easy mark of Hazen. Hazen must master their skills of animal tracking and bow construction in order to join the San on their hunt.

He has ten days to learn the techniques they perfect over a lifetime before he can join the experienced team on a tough multi-day game hunt to bring meat to their village. When it comes to survival, local knowledge is key and the San are experts in this bush desert. And the elders are the libraries of the community, the ones who hold all of the experience and knowledge that they need to pass down for future generations.

Tune in tonight at 10P to see how Hazen fares.


  1. Coralie M. Petershagen
    August 28, 2014, 11:47 am

    Looks interesting, but let’s not forget there are real reasons why Bushmen are finding it hard to survive on their ancestral lands, e.g. the prejudices of the Botswana government.

    For more info see Survival International’s website:

  2. Cathy García
    August 29, 2014, 6:10 am

    Great program, the humanity of the Bushmen really came across and Hazen was comprehending and sensitive. But why no mention of the atrocities perpetrated against these gentle people by the Botswana government? It’s like making a documentary about 1940s Berlin and not mentioning the Holocaust.

    Come on Nat Geo – Bushmen are being starved off their land and criminalized for hunting to feed themselves, and you don’t mention it in an hour-long program about… hunting!

    There’s even an international tourism boycott in protest – Hazen didn’t do his homework!