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Lesedi Cultural Village
Traditional African Hut of the Ndebele Tribe
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Get an insider’s look at life in a traditional African village and be an honorary member of an African family for a night!  Experience a warm African welcome and be captivated by the history and culture of five of South Africa’s tribes, as you hear their stories expressed in song and dance.  Enjoy a unique African feast and sleep in an African hut...in the heart of the unique Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Centre outside Johannesburg - Welcome to Lesedi Cultural Village!

 

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Lesedi is a year-round destination.
 

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The Lesedi Adventure

South Africa has an extremely diverse wealth of attractions to showcase to visitors, including iconic Table Mountain, the wonderful Game Reserves, the wine route and stunning beaches, but many visitors leave without getting to know real South Africans and learning about their culture and history, or ever setting foot in a rural village.  On a visit to Lesedi Cultural village you will get the opportunity to meet some local people who live in the village, continuing the traditions of their ancestors and perpetuating their unique cultural diversity.  Come and experience a day in the life of rural Africa for yourself, as you enjoy the warmest welcome in the country, eat traditional African food, and feel the rhythm of Africa’s heartbeat.

 

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Guided Tour of the Village, Cultural Song and Dance, and other Highlights

Guided Tour of the Village

Lesedi Cultural Village is unique in that it provides visitors with a safe and extremely well-organised way of being introduced to the lifestyle and culture of not just one, but five of the country’s African tribes.  (Did you know that South African is the only country in the world that has eleven different official languages?)  Your visit to Lesedi is an adventure that will expose you to the amazing diversity of cultures that make up the so-called Rainbow Nation of South Africa.  The five tribes whose rural lifestyle is showcased in Lesedi are the Zulu, the Xhosa, the Pedi, the Ndebele and the Basotho and you will learn about some of the characteristics that made each tribe unique.

Overnight visitors will be greeted with a warm African welcome, after which you will be escorted to the particular homestead where you will be staying overnight.  You will meet the head of that household who will be your guide for the duration of your visit and then join all the other visitors from the adjoining households to watch a short but most informative multi-media presentation that will introduce you to the people of South Africa and their history, and prepare you for the tour of all the five households.

 

Experience the heart-beat of Africa

In the evening, you will get to see some of the best African dancing to be found in the country.  This is not a spectator sport!  As the beat of the drums and the rhythm of the African continent surround you and your feet start to tap you are actively encouraged to join in and be part of an experience that will live with you for years to come.  Don’t be shy...it is a lot of fun and will leave you with lasting memories.

 

Feasting...African Style

After you have danced up a great appetite, you will proceed to the stylishly traditional Nyama Choma Restaurant where a buffet-style African dinner is served.  The food is really good with a choice of African specialities including potjiekos (a meat and vegetable stew, traditionally cooked in a 3-legged iron pot over the coals) served with Putu (a stiff maize-meal porridge, similar to Polenta) and Samp and Beans (a staple made from boiled dried maize and beans), traditional barbecued meats and some African specialities including Ostrich and Crocodile, among others.  After dinner guests are invited to gather around the outside fire to sample “Mamba Juice” – a potent African brew, and listen to more stories and legends under the wide African skies, before retiring to your unique accommodation.

 

 

Tours to Lesedi Cultural Village

The best way to immerse your-self fully into rural African life is to spend the night at Lesedi.  An overnight tour commences around 16.30 and ends the next morning after a full English-style breakfast.  If you simply do not have time to enjoy the excellent hospitality, you can still experience Lesedi on a half-day lunch or dinner excursion.  Both of these options include the presentation, the guided tour of the village, a visit to the craft centre as well as the song and dance experience and either lunch or dinner.

 

 

Other Activities Near Lesedi

Lesedi Cultural Village is situated close to the huge Hartbeespoort dam, which opens up opportunities for many outdoor activities.  There are two great golf courses, the chance to go on a game drive, guided Anglo-Boer history tours, walking trails and much more.  There is also a scenic cableway to the top of the Magaliesberg Mountains, for some superb views and wild life enthusiasts can visit the De Wildt Cheetah breeding farm, the Rhino Reserve and the Cape Vulture Colony, were endangered animals are being reared.  For something completely different, go on an ox-wagon trail, or visit the Sterkfontein and Wonder caves.  

Get the adrenalin pumping with a thrilling abseiling adventure – no previous experience required – or a river raft through the rapids on the Crocodile River.

 

 

Accommodation in the Lesedi Cultural Village

Each of the five African tribes represented at Lesedi have their own little village or household where local families permanently live, and this is where the guest accommodation, (built in the traditional way but with many added luxuries), is located.  There are a total of 30 rooms, all with private en suite bathrooms and all the comforts discerning guests would expect to find in premium accommodation.  Most of the rooms have twin beds and there are also rooms with double beds and a few triple bedded rooms for families.  Each room is luxuriously decorated in the style of that particular household, for example the Zulu enclave has typical bee-hive huts, while in the Ndebele village you will sleep in a brightly painted brick structure.

 

 

How to Get There

Lesedi is set in the countryside less than an hours’ drive from Johannesburg, on the R512 to Hartbeespoort Dam and on the way to Sun City.

 

 

Best Time to Visit

Lesedi is a year-round destination.

 


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