Who were the San?

Who were the San?

These are believed to have been the earliest modern inhabitants of South Africa.




They are most widely known as Bushmen; the name given to them by the Dutch.

They were also called ‘Twa” by the Xhosa while the Sotho referred them to as the ‘Roa”.

They were also called hunters because their life entirely depended on wild animals.

They were yellow-brown skinned, short, and their language is full of click sounds.

They belonged to the bush-manoid family i.e. men of the bush.

Their origin is not clearly known but what is agreed is that they migrated from central Africa, settled in Tanganyika and finally into South Africa.




By 1000AD they had already settled in South Africa

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