In the news: The San living & training at !Khwa ttu invite you to join them for a Heritage Festival, from Saturday, 22 September, to Monday, 24 September, from 10am-4pm.
On the slopes above Yzerfontein, just an hour from Cape Town’s CBD lies !Khwa ttu. Run by and for the San, it is primarily a place where San youth receive training in a variety of fields, and a repository for their culture.
Heritage Festival 2018
When: 22 – 24 September
Time: 10:00 – 16:00
Where: !Khwa ttu
Free Activities. No Need To Book
It is also a place where the San are happy to share that culture with guests, and it has become a popular place for all South Africans to discover and celebrate their heritage.
First-time visitors are delighted to discover the excellent restaurant, gift shop, exquisite guest cottages, and rustic-luxury tented camp, as well as the popular biking, hiking, and running trails. There are fascinating exhibitions and evocative art, and the lessons to learn directly from the San (including how to stalk the resident eland, zebra and springbok etc with San trackers) will never leave you. This is a very special place.
Heritage Festival 2018
This year the San living and training at !Khwa ttu invite you to join them for a Heritage Festival, from Saturday, 22 September, to Monday, 24 September, from 10am-4pm.
All South Africans love flame-cooked food and, of course, there will be a delicious selection of braai cuisine on offer, a bar and a food bazaar for those wishing to purchase refreshments.
There’ll also be activities for the whole family to enjoy, from herbal tea tastings, San storytelling, and tracking, to traditional dancing, singing and tractor rides – for this weekend only all activities are free of charge.
!Khwa ttu Heritage Centre Opening Soon
The launch of !Khwa ttu’s breath-taking, new San Heritage Centre is imminent. At last, the San can share their heritage as they wish, when they wish and where they wish. The Heritage Centre will feature interactive, audio-visual as well as static displays and presentations that depict the lives of the San. It will incorporate several of the old farm buildings as well as an innovative, new architect-designed building that follows the natural contours of the land, with a curved, planted roof. In keeping with the San way of life, the center uses sustainable measures for lighting, heating, and cooling.
“The !Khwa ttu San Heritage Centre is a great deal more than a collection of artifacts and historical photos. It’s a pioneering initiative that embraces the principle of community curation, led by San consultants from across Southern Africa and academics. The exhibitions, San-led trails, and guided experiences are designed to engage the body and senses as much as the mind,” explains Michael Daiber, General Manager of !Khwa ttu. “They demonstrate the skills and knowledge of the San people, while also telling the archaeological story of the origins of the modern mind on the Southern African coastline.”
San Spirit Shared
!Khwa ttu is open daily to visitors. Come and discover authentic interactions in a beautiful setting, enjoy inspiring San nature and culture tours, great food, compelling art and heritage exhibitions, professional and friendly hospitality.
!Khwa ttu is only 70km from Cape Town located on the West Coast Way Culture Route and is open 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm. For more information and online bookings visit https://www.khwattu.org/ Make a booking by calling 022 492 2998and follow !Khwa ttu on social media on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @KhwattuSan.
Facilities available at !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre:
• Accommodation • Child-Friendly • Pet-Friendly • Bar • Restaurant (Breakfast / Lunch) • Fireplace • Wheelchair Accessibility (Restaurant) • Trip Advisor • Conference Facilities • Wedding and Function Venue • Shop • Tractor Rides • San Guided Experiences • Mountain Biking Trails • Mountain Bike & Helmet -hiring
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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