Meet the locals – Real culture

San (Bushmen)

The San (Bushmen) people are found in the Northern Cape in South Africa and parts of Botswana, Namibia and even southern Angola. They are one of 14 known remaining “ancestral population clusters” (to whom all known modern humans genetically relate).

The People of Riemvasmaak

The name “Riemvasmaak” (Afrikaans for ‘tying together of leather strips / thongs) is said to have originated from a local legend of a Damara man who wanted to reach a certain mineral spring, along the Molopo river, in the hope of soothing his rheumatism. To reach the spring he had to lower himself down the rocky walls, so he tied together some strips of leather.