When South African icon Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu first christened South Africa the “Rainbow Nation”, he was referring particularly to its peoples and their varying cultures. From Zulu people to those of Xhosa origin, to the Afrikaners, the English and the Coloured people of the Cape, South Africa has a rich diversity of people and cultures and 11 official languages. Lesedi Cultural Village is one of the best tourist attractions in South Africa, allowing visitors to really explore the glorious diversity of the people of this land.
Set amid rocky hills and bushveld less than one hour’s drive from Johannesburg, and on the way to Sun City, Lesedi Cultural Village offers visitors a chance to encounter people of Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Ndebele and Basotho origin.
You’ll meet real people (not actors in fancy dress), enter their homes and listen to stories about their individual cultures and rituals of daily life.
Experience genuine tribal village accommodation in Gauteng without giving up modern day comforts when you stay in a traditional beehive hut – inside it’s luxurious with all the mod cons you could wish for. You’ll meet the head of the household, who will then be your host and guide for the rest of your stay.
Guests from the different homesteads make their way to the Ndebele village, where you’ll be given a welcome to Lesedi Cultural Village by all its residents. This is followed by a short, but comprehensive, audio-visual presentation that introduces you to South Africa’s history and people.
Your host will take you on a guided tour of all the homesteads before it’s back to your “own” village to spruce up for dinner. As the African sun sets, prepare yourself for one of the highlights of your trip when you go into the Ingoma – the dance boma – to watch an impressive display of African dancing. This is followed by an eclectic African feast. Choose from potjiekos – a traditional meat stew cooked in a black cast-iron pot with samp (maize porridge) and beans – or chops, boerewors (beef sausage), steak or chicken from the braai; or test your taste buds and try crocodile, kudu or warthog.
There’s a craft market for last-minute curios and handmade local arts and crafts.
Inevitably this is a bit of a “touristy” experience, but Lesedi Cultural Village is unique. Expect an excellent and authentic African experience in the country, one that provides warmth, depth and insight into South Africa’s colourful diversity of cultures.
R500 including lunch, R310 w/o lunch
Overnight Stays from R820 per person sharing
First shows: 11.30am – 1.30pm/2.30p with lunch
Second show: 4.30pm – 6.30pm/7.30pm (if with dinner)