CALL US+27(0)22 492 2998

Restoring our natural environment and buildings

Natural environment

In designing !Khwa ttu, we wanted to take advantage of the land’s spectacular surroundings whilst creating a unique cultural experience for the visitor.

When the 850 hectare farm was purchased for the project in 1999, it was known as Grootwater, a wheat and sheep producing farm. The farm was renamed !Khwa ttu, meaning “water-hole” in the language of the now extinct |Xam San, and the land has been allowed to recover. Alien vegetation has been removed which is a huge fire hazard and threat to biodiversity, and indigenous wildlife (Eland, Zebra, Springbok) has been reintroduced. 

Built environment

When it was purchased in 1999 Grootwater farm had a number of rather dilapidated farm buildings.

San from across southern Africa participated in restoring the buildings and were involved throughout the project planning and implementation process. They were (and still are) being assisted by professionals in the field of development, tourism, anthropology, archaeology and education.

A great deal of work had to be undertaken to prepare the farm for visitors, staff and students. 

With the advice and support of professionals the !Khwa ttu team undertook the following:

  • We removed alien trees in order to restore indigenous flora

  • We erected a secure game fence around the perimeter of the land

  • We restored indigenous fauna. Today you can see: Eland, Oryx, Zebra, Bontebok, Springbok, Ostrich, Duiker, Steenbok, Bateared fox, Caracal, Aardwolf, Porcupine and an abundance of birds species.

  • We designed and built hiking trails, viewpoints and a picnic site.

  • We designed and built a bush camp plus a ‘back to nature’ Bush House

  • We renovated old buildings: an old cottage - now the training academy an old sheep pen – previously the training centre, this will now become part of the Museum an old cowshed and milk room – now a Photo Gallery and Audiovisual theatre.

  • The original homestead and barn – now a stunning restaurant and modern kitchen, reception area, arts and crafts shop, office space and conference room.

  • We also added four new buildings in order to provide accommodation for employees, trainees and shelter tools and tractors.

Today !Khwa ttu is based in several beautifully renovated old farmhouse buildings. The intention is to maintain these buildings and expand to accommodate the envisaged San Museum and more visitors.

Restoring our natural environment and buildings

Newsletter Sign-up

Oops! We could not locate your form.

Latest news

Holiday season at !Khwa ttu

Our December calendar is packed with riveting activities fit for all, young and old, travelling solo or with friends and family. Join us for sundowners on the 1st and 27th of December or go on one of our daily San guided tours at 10:00 or 14:00. The tour is a fascinating insight into the culture, heritage, knowledge,…
Read More

Visiting !Khwattu March – May

If you know the West Coast, you will know that the months of March, April and May are considered as the best, weather-wise. Guaranteed warm days with little wind and cool evenings. To make the most of your experience at !Khwa ttu, book into our luxurious guest houses or try our new Bush Lodge tented…
Read More