Kom ’n bietjie kuier Kalahari dreaming with the ≠Khomani San

Kate Finlay, Shanade Barnabas

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We had been dreaming about seeing the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park for many years. Names like the Nossob and Auob rivers have for a long time been only points on a map, and documentaries about wildlife along the two rivers and on the dunes have always attracted our attention… [but !Xaus Lodge] offered a lot more: contact with the ultimate Bushmen. Introduction This chapter seeks to discuss issues of representation, relationships between the hosts and tourists, and development involving cultural tourism at !Xaus Lodge; a venture partly owned by the ≠Khomani San. The historical representation of the San has proved influential in the way in which the current ≠Khomani community represent and articulate themselves when engaging with ‘outsiders’. We explore the reasoning behind the romantic representation of the ≠Khomani and describe the ‘realities’ at !Xaus Lodge through our own (as researcher-tourists) and through tourists’ experiences. As with tourists to any destination, expectations and resulting experiences vary widely, so too do people's expectations and experiences of meeting with the ≠Khomani. Therefore we do not claim to have a complete understanding of the tourist experience at !Xaus. Our research falls under the Rethinking Indigeneity project founded and headed by Professor Keyan Tomaselli at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Research areas in this project include ‘development communication, media production and reception, livelihoods and micro-enterprises, community radio as a development medium (particularly among the !Xun and Khwe), and a specific development project: the genesis, establishment and performance of !Xaus Lodge’.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAfrican Hosts and their Guests
Subtitle of host publicationCultural Dynamics of Tourism
PublisherBoydell and Brewer Ltd
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781782040248
ISBN (Print)9781847010490
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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