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KHOI & SAN
PEOPLE

The caves were known to indigenous people long before the Europeans landed at the Cape. Recent finds, such as tools left behind in ancient hearths in the cave mouth, prove that humans such as the Khoi have lived and sheltered here for at least 80 000 years.

The entrance was used as a home by the San and the walls were painted with pictures of game animals. Over two hundred years ago, in 1780, a Khoi herdsman again stumbled on the entrance to the caves while searching for missing cattle.

 

AFRIKAANS
CULTURE

Oudtshoorn is one of the founding homes of the Afrikaans New Window Icon: Wikipedia culture and language.
 

Did you Know IconAfrikaans is South Africa's third biggest home language, behind Zulu New Window Icon: Wikipedia andXhosa New Window Icon: Wikipedia. It is also South Africa's most widely understood & spoken language. 
 

The Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (translated: Klein Karoo National Arts Festival) is held each year in Oudtshoorn in honour of this rich heritage and one of the founding fathers of Afrikaans, C.J. Langenhoven New Window Icon: Wikipedia.

Langenhoven's home, Arbeidsgenot, is a National Monument and an important historical stop during your visit to Oudtshoorn.

Experience the living story of Afrikaans at Arbeidsgenot:

  • Learn about the history of Afrikaans.
  • Learn more about the pivotal role Langenhoven played.
  • Get the latest "sun-time" from Langenhoven's sun dial.
  • Meet Herrie the Elephant, Langenhoven's imaginary pet elephant.

More information:

  +27 (0)44 272 2968
  arbeidsgenot@arbeidsgenot.co.za
  www.cjlangenhoven.co.za New Window Icon

  217 Jan van Riebeeck Road, Oudtshoorn

 

XHOSA
CULTURE

Ma Betty's traditional Xhosa New Window Icon: Wikipedia Cultural Village is situated in the impoverished township of Bongulethu.
 

Did you Know IconXhosa is South Africa's second biggest home language, behind Zulu New Window Icon: Wikipedia.
Bongulethu translates to "our pride" in Xhosa. 
 

Experience traditional Xhosa activities, culture, cuisine, dance and story-telling during a visit to the Cultural Village.

EAT IN

Resident women prepare authentic Xhosa meals in black iron pots on traditional open fire.

Enjoy the unique flavours of Africa through Xhosa sausage, steamed corn bread and 'samp' (thick corn porridge) made from recipes passed down through generations.

Explore traditional Xhosa healing. Traditional healers called 'Sangomas' (witchdoctors) throw bones to call healing spirits.

Xhosa women and children dance enthusiastically stomping their feet on the dusty African earth. Xhosa songs and stories carry customs in harmony on an African beat. African music and feasting can be enjoyed in the arrangement of your own traditional Xhosa wedding.

Transport to the cultural village can be arranged from the local Tourism Office. All visitors are welcome and contribute greatly to the upliftment of this Xhosa community.

Opening hours:

Mon-Sun: 08:00-18:00
Booking essential

More information:

  +27 (0)83 597 5289 (Ma Betty Jantjies)

  Bongulethu Township, Oudtshoorn

 

JEWISH
COMMUNITY

The Jewish Community of Oudtshoorn was so vast that it was named, with some degree of exaggeration "Little Jerusalem" or "Yerushalayim' beDerom Afrika" (Jerusalem of South Africa). The CP Nel Museum is the only museum in the country with a synagogue inside which is still in use.