Celebrate our culture with the first inhabitants of Southern Africa at !Khwa ttu Heritage Festival

The month of September is one of celebration in the country - both for tourism and heritage.

And one of the coolest events to celebrate South Africa's diversity on Heritage Day is at the !Khwa ttu Heritage Festival. The oldest inhabitants of Southern Africa are the San, yet sometimes they can be pushed to the fringes of society. But at the !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre, they are dedicated to educating the world at large about our country's indigenous people.

What to know

When: 21 to 24 September 2019

Where: Grootwater Farm, R27, Yzerfontein 

Cost: R70 per person and R50 for pensioners. Buy one entrance ticket and get two kids tickets for free

Family run: Entry to the Family Fun Run (22 September at 9:00) or Fun Mountain Bike Ride (24 September at 9:00) is R100 per person, and 2 children u/18 is free accompanying every adult.

READ: There's still time to turn your Heritage Day into an extra-long weekend

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Budget-beating experiences

The !Khwa ttu Heritage Festival will play host to a variety of fun-filled experiences that won't set you back thousands of rands. From 10:00 - 16:00, both kids and adults will be entertained, like tractor rides and face paintings, as well as:

   • San-inspired kids treasure hunt, story-telling and fun interactive sessions.

   • Traditional Bushmen dancers and Emile Jansen's performances.

   • Pop-up food demonstrations - such as how to 'vleg' koeksisters.

   • West Coast craft and traditional food stalls.

   • Tour of the world-class Heritage Centre.

  • Informative talks on San culture & heritage.

“During the course of the weekend we will be offering complimentary entry to our world-class Heritage Centre, which will be celebrating its one-year anniversary, to all festival ticket holders,” explains Michael Daiber, CEO of !Khwa ttu.

“Visitors can anticipate presentations that depict the lives of the San. Bushmen guides tell the stories of their people - coupled with audio and film to really bring the stories to life and immerse visitors in the ways of the San."

READ: Why planning your next trip around a UNESCO World Heritage site is a good idea

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Where to stay

For this weekend only, !Khwa ttu will make 50 camping spots available, which means you don't have to take a long drive back after your weekend of festivities. Spend the night in your tent for just R100 per day and take in the breathtaking scenery as the sun sets behind you.

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