At !Khwa ttu in the West Coast they share with their visitor’s authentic interactions in a beautiful environment, walking and biking trails, inspiring San nature and culture tours, good food, compelling art and heritage exhibitions, professional friendly hospitality and stylish special event venues or corporate functions.
!Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre, is located on the West Coast Way Culture and Tractor Route.
Become a fan of the San with the top 5 at !Khwa ttu
- Survival skills
At the core of SAN culture is a deep respect for nature. Their survival was dependent on intimate knowledge of animal behavior, keen observation skills and the creative use of the plants and shrubs indigenous to their area. A walk through the veld with a SAN guide opens a world of knowledge regarding the medicinal properties of the fynbos plants, the best shrubs and reeds to use to construct a shelter, which bulbs yield poison to dab on the tip of an arrow for hunting, and ingenious ways of creating containers to store precious water. The walk ends with a healthy and tasty tea, brewed on an open fire and made from leaves plucked from the bushes during the walk.
- Master the clicks.
Are you ready to give your mouth and tongue a workout?
The SAN languages are fascinating to listen to as they contain several clicking sounds.
At !KhwaTtu, a SAN guide demonstrates the five different clicks and encourages you to try them. They involve maneuvering your tongue against your teeth, palate and alveo- palate while using varying levels of force and breathe as well as changing the shape of your mouth. Some people master it right away, while others struggle and never manage to get it right. Once the guide feels you can identify the different sounds and their meaning, she says a word and you attempt to write it, identifying the correct clicks used.
- Farm to fork
Behind the main building and restaurant is a colourful garden tended by the SAN staff. Vegetables and herbs are grown organically, and the reeds provide a natural cleanser and filter for the water used for irrigation. Most of the vegetables and salads in the restaurant come from this healthy
- Views for days
There is a very odd looking vehicle at !KhwaTtu. It looks like a huge, high trailer but in the middle of it is a steering wheel. Trust your guide and climb on board. A slow drive takes you around the back of the buildings and then climbs to the highest point on the reserve where a huge flat rock and a rustic boma provide a perfect spot for sundowners with a view. Table Mountain can be seen shimmering in the distance and the light dances on the ocean. Paths and tracks are like scars on the landscape and the animals are moving dots. The whole colour palette is represented from the earthy tones of the reserve, the bright yellows of the canola fields and the blues and greys of the ocean and distant mountains.
- A night in nature
After walking, cycling and exploring the reserve and culture, complete the experience by spending a night immersed in nature, and the sounds and smells that lulled the SAN people to sleep thousands of years ago. Secluded rustic cottages or freestanding glamping tents offer all the amenities you need without detracting from the natural setting and connection with mother earth.
Find !Khwa ttu San on the West Coast Way Culture and Tractor Route
Open 7 days a week| Free entry
R150/person for a 1,5hr San Guided Experience. (Group bookings essential)
Distance from Cape Town: 74km
Where: Grootwater Farm, R27
Coordinates: 33°21’44.55” S 18°16’14.12” E
Contact: (c) +27 (0)22 492 2998 |[email protected] | www.khwattu.org
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Images by Justin Hawthorne and !Khwa ttu
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