Before the English, before the Boers and well before the Dutch, indigenous San people roamed the desert plains of Southern Africa. Following herds and living off the land in the ways of their ancestors before them, the San existed as one Africa’s most noble, successful tribes. Centuries of subjugation, however, threatened the culture, leading to its preservation and educational display in South Africa’s Western Cape at the !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Center, which acts as a modern way to empower and educate San, with funds being used to not only foster traditional African culture, but also help young generations of San to prosper and thrive.
At the !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Center, visitors can enjoy a guided tour around an open wilderness preserve, where eland, springbok, antelope, and zebra roam the grass. Learn from San how to track the animals and survive on native plants, and visit a recreated, traditional San village like those they lived in for centuries. Learn some words in the San’s language that’s playfully laden with clicks, and hear the legends, myths, and tales of this mystical ancient culture. To up the adventure, hop on a mountain bike to navigate bush trails looping throughout the preserve, or take a piece of Africa home with authentic, handmade crafts.
The !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Center is located one hour north of Cape Town outside of Yzerfontein. The center itself is free of charge, though guided tours incur a charge of $15/adult.