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Tribal traditions and culture are a historic and continuing way of life in South Africa, and at Gaabo Motho Cultural Village, a cultural village near Pretoria, you have the privilege of experiencing the culture of four prominent tribes, the Zulu, Ndebele, Tswana and Venda, who peacefully co-exist here.
Each tribe is distinctive in their dress, dance, music and language. The Zulu tongue is arguably the most expressive, while the Ndebele are known for their stunning geometric designs on their dwellings. It's this combined experience that makes Gaabo Motho Cultural Village a fascinating stopover for visitors wanting an insight into South Africa's tribal cultures.
On arrival you are immersed into the rhythm of Africa as various tribal dances are performed to the rousing beat of drums. The gumboot dance, originated by migrant workers on the gold mines, is also performed, as well as beautiful church and wedding songs.
You are invited to join traditional African games as they have been played for centuries, and to discover the mores and myths of the Tswana. Visit a traditional healer who will throw bones to predict your future, and afterwards enjoy traditional beer at a shebeen shack called 'Mokhukhu'.
This North West cultural village also makes a memorable overnight stay.There are conventional double rooms with great views of the surrounding village, as well as a colourfully decorated Ndebele village consisting of four thatched huts, and two more Ndebele huts combined with the westernised huts. There is also a Zulu village with traditional huts built in accordance to the standards and specifications of the Zulu tradition.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Gaabo Motho Cultural Village
Tel: +27 (0)72 122 6820 or +27 (0)72 210 9900
How to get here
Gaabo Motho is situated in a small village called Hebron, between Ga-Rankuwa and Mabopane, approximately 35km from Pretoria and 4km from the Morula Sun resort in the North West province.
Best time to visit
Anytime. North West province is sunny all year around.
Around the area
Nearby is the Hartbeespoort Dam, a popular tourist attraction with a variety of watersports. Visit the aerial cableway, the elephant or monkey sanctuary, and shop at the dam's colourful roadside markets.
What will it cost
Rates start at approximately R350 per room. Breakfast is extra.
Length of stay
One night will give you an insight into the cultures.
Where to stay
Choose a traditional hut, or a modern guesthouse.
What to eat
Traditional tribal fare, though Western food is also available.