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Situated on the west coast road between Cape Town and Yzerfontein, !Khwa ttu is a cultural learning centre for the San people, a group of marginalised citizens who have lived in the southern parts of Africa for over 40000 years. The San are considered South Africa’s first nation and while there is little written documentation relating to their history, oral accounts passed down the generations, rock paintings and the !Khwa ttu centre provide an insight into their culture. The words !Khwa ttu are a mouthful and require deft clicking of the tongue to properly enunciate.
The site of the centre was well chosen because it was here that the !Xam clan were driven from the area centuries ago. In the !Xam language, !Khwa ttu roughly translates to water.
Several antelope species roam the 800ha reserve and members of the San community offer tours of the area that include a tractor ride to a small mock-up of a typical San village scene where the guide demonstrates methods of starting fires and other skills, and explains the ingenious products used in their uncluttered lifestyle.
Aside from the guided tour, there is an escorted cycle tour and a number of mountain bike trails have been mapped out through the reserve.
The main centre has a curio shop housing fascinating products made by the San and some of the intricate ostrich shell beadwork is simply spectacular. The restaurant offers conventional meals with an unusual twist and the eland burgers can only be described as droolicious!
Also on the premises is an art gallery and conference centre. !Khwa ttu is fast becoming a popular venue for weddings and company team building events. The centre is closed on Mondays.
Visitors can expect a rewarding cultural experience at !Khwa ttu. Rest assured, these friendly people with their smiling eyes will leave a lasting impression.