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SAN CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

To fully experience the San culture and way of life, this tour takes us to visit the Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre, situated some 70 kilometres from Cape Town, on the West Coast. Here you get a fascinating insight into the culture, heritage, knowledge and modern day life of the San people of Southern Africa. You are accompanied by a group of San Guides, who lead you through a truly exceptional experience. During the three hour tour, your guides demonstrate their skills, share their ancient knowledge about oral history, tracking animals and identifying plants. They will also teach you words in some of their languages and enlighten you about recent achievements in obtaining their rights to land and intellectual property. The San guided experience provides a unique opportunity for you to listen to accurate accounts of the past and present lives of the San peoples.

After a friendly welcome Khwa ttu San Guides introduce you to the history of this valuable Educational Centre, providing an overview of the various activities. The first part of the Tour consists of a drive in an a” open” Vehicle through the landscape of the 850 hectare Nature Reserve, home to hundreds of indigenous plant species and a wide array of game species which includes eland, zebra, oryx, bontebok, and springbok.

The second part of the Tour is a gentle guided nature walk. You will be amazed by the wealth of knowledge the San will share with you about hunting, gathering and tracking. To learn that a San tracker is able to not only to identify the footprints and droppings of an animal but also to make out the animal’s sex, age and overall condition is a fascinating experience. The guide’s demonstrate the setting of a traditional bird snare and storing water in ostrich eggs, and impart their knowledge of the uses of a number of plants.

The final part of the Tour is a visit to the traditional San village, where you learn more about hunting techniques, by observing the use of tools such as bows and arrows. The San guides also explain the customary distribution of hunted game meat, and impart some of the hunters’ stories. The unique skills of San women is the focus of the presentation when they demonstrate the use of digging sticks and gathering bags as well as tools to produce ostrich eggshell jewellery. You also have the opportunity to shoot an arrow, start a fire with sticks, and make rounded ostrich eggshell pieces with a springbok horn – all under the guidance of experienced San.

The visit is rounded off by the guides’ description of some phpects of the San’s social life such as the healing power of the trance dance, the traditional egalitarian society, and the sharing system of resources. Your journey continues when your San hosts accompany you to the Boma, constructed of natural materials. Nestled at the highest point in the landscape of !Khwa ttu, you experience breathtaking views of Table Mountain to the south and the Langebaan Lagoon to the north. Relax as you enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this ancient land while the guides introduce you to some of the San languages.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • We visit the Khwa ttu San Cultural Education Centre on the West Coast
  • Enjoy a guided tour by experienced San Guides
  • Learn to understand the ways and lives of Southern Africa's First People

Tours are conducted daily, except on Mondays and Sundays

DEPARTS:        08H45               (Collection from your Hotel or Guest House)
RETURN:          17H00               (Return to your Hotel or Guest House)

PRICE: R 1 200 per person

(Includes transport to and from your Hotel/Guest Lodge in Cape Town, a full San Guided Program at Khwa ttu San Cultural Centre, light snacks and soft drinks. Excludes any Lunches, gratuities and any items of a personal nature.)