22 Jun 2015
Winter has arrived
After a long and dry summer on the West Coast the first winter rains have arrived. The rain changed everything! Wild flower seeds sprout and a wonderland of vegetation transforms the browns into vivid green. The more rains we have the more wild flowers seeds can germinate. We invite you to rejoice in the new season, meet new students, enjoy a warm winter night around our fires, in our guest houses or at our special events and smell the rain while on a MTB.
Learn @ !Khwa ttu
Students First Encounter with the Ocean
In March a new intake of students arrived. From Namibia it was Jostina, Martin, Xamarere and Anton, from Botswana Ontiretse and two Omphiles, and from the Northern Cape Richard, Nathan, Joubert, Fineza and Analize. We were so excited to show them !Khwa ttu and their new "home" for the duration of their 2015 course. After the induction we could not wait to take them to the beach; for most this was their first encounter.
This is what some of the students experienced:
“What I heard about the sea before was about big whales and sharks and I was afraid of those things even though I saw movies of people resting on the beach". "I felt how the sea welcomed me and the other trainees with its waves". "It was the first time I saw water playing or rolling like that". "When I came out of the ocean after swimming it felt like all the sickness in my body had been healed". “The ocean is like a place of peace. When I’m at the sea I don’t stress and fear nothing, because the smell and the fresh air I breathe clear all my mind. It’s like I’m in paradise.”
Mountain Bike @ !Khwa ttu
A Must Do
At the end of last year we launched our new MTB trails. A 10 km single track green trail on the beautiful land of !Khwa ttu where amazing animal encounters could be experienced and a 30 km red trail extended to the breathtaking hills of Ormonde wine farm.
The trails have become very popular among local mountain bike enthusiasts as it offers variety, fun, relaxation and spectacular views, for leisure riders or adrenaline junkies. The drawcard is that the entire family can enjoy the day. We promote the wine from the Ormonde vineyards from where the most beautiful views can be enjoyed. Once you pay R30 for a mountain bike permit, you will get R30 discount on any bottle of Ormonde wine in the restaurant.
We will soon inform you of imminent exciting MTB rides and races at !Khwa ttu.
We are so proud to share with you that !Khwa ttu has been
awarded with two very special awards this year.
2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Recognised as a Top Performing Eco-Tourism Attraction as reviewed by travelers on the world’s largest travel site. Now in its 5th year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great reviews on TripAdvisor. Please visit us on Tripadvisor.
African Responsible Tourism Awards - !Khwa ttu was honoured with a Silver award in the category: Best for Engaging People and Culture. Heroes of responsible tourism in Africa were honoured at an inaugural event which forms part of the prestigious World Responsible Tourism Awards. The awards were presented at a ceremony hosted as part of the Africa Travel Week in April in Cape Town. The African Responsible Tourism Awards aims to celebrate the efforts made by individuals, organisations and destinations in Africa. The awards also aim to inspire change in the African tourism industry.
Explore @ !Khwa ttu
Take a San Guided Tour
We have a new and exciting option on offer at the San Guided Tours. In addition to doing the tour on open vehicle or on foot we also now offer the opportunity to do the tour on a mountain bike. This promises to be a fun and exciting venture. This option will bring you up close and personal with nature. Not only will you have amazing animal encounters but you will also be able to enjoy the most beautiful parts of the land. We are very excited to have a new partnership with Bike and Saddle where we have become a full ‘Eco-Active Partner’.
Stay @ !Khwa ttu
Mid-week Winter Specials
Come and enjoy a warm cozy winter evening around the fire of our beautifully renovated guest houses where every guest house has a fireplace and a bathroom with a view! For this winter only! Book for 2 nights and get another night absolutely free. This special midweek offer also includes a free MB trail pass and free bike rental during your stay.
- Guest House, luxury & indulgence with breathtaking views: stay 2 nights at R680pp incl. breakfast and get the third night free!
- Bush House, cosy, rustic and private, tucked away in nature: stay 2 nights at R480pp incl. breakfast and get the third night free!
- Bush Camp, luxury tents nestled in coastal fynbos: stay 2 nights at R250pp incl. breakfast and get the third night free!
The ever popular last Friday of the month events continue throughout winter with the By The Fire events. Book for a 60's Evening on the 26th of June or Winter Warm on the 31st of July or On Broadway on the 28th of August. Transport is available from both Darling and Yzerfontein. Contact Jacky to make a booking or for more information.
Did you know?
Do you know the good smell of rain?
There are several scents associated with rainfall that people find pleasing. One fo these odours, called "petrichor", lingers when rain falls after a long dry spell. Petrichor is the result of a number of chemical reactions. Some plants secrete oils during dry periods, and when it rains, these oils are released into the air. The second reaction that creates petrichor occurs when chemicals produced by soil-dwelling bacteria known as actinomycetes are released. These aromatic compounds combine to create the pleasant petrichor scent when rain hits the ground.
When someone says they can smell rain coming, it may be that wind from an approaching storm has carried the odour.
In fact, some scientists believe that people inherited their affection for the scent of rain from ancestors who relied on rainy weather for their survival.