Did you know?
The Bakgatla people originally came from Botswana, but settled in the Pilanesberg mountains in the 1700s under the leadership of Chief Kgosi Mogali, where they practised indigenous farming for centuries.
History and culture tours are not only for history buffs, but for anyone with a keen yearning to know more about South Africa’s interesting past.
Why not start at the very beginning with a visit to the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site where the famous skull of Mrs Ples was found.
From there make your way to the Mphebatho Museum in Soulspoort (on the border of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve) and find out more about the Bakgatla-ba-Kgafela traditions.
History and culture pre- and post-tours in Limpopo province may include a visit to the famous Modjadji Cycad Reserve – where you will hear all about the legendary Rain Queen of Lobedu. For something a little different make your way to Thohoyandou where the Venda people live and investigate local traditions such as the domba (snake) dance and the myths and legends of Lake Fundudzi and the Vondo Forest (both sacred sites).
KwaZulu-Natal is the heart of the Zulu Kingdom, and guided tours offer insights into Zulu culture. The province is also home to the largest Indian population outside of India, so visit Grey Street in Durban and learn about the local Indian community. Make sure you try out the famous Durban ‘bunny chow’ while you’re at it.
History and culture activities in the Northern Cape will expose visitors to ancient San culture and traditions, and the various aspects of Basotho culture are worth exploring when visiting the Free State province. The Basotho Cultural Village in the Eastern Free State is one of the finest cultural villages in the country.
The Eastern Cape is the heart of Xhosa culture and this province is known for its struggle history – which is not surprising as Nelson Mandela was born here. The Western Cape offers a wealth of opportunity for history and culture lovers – visit the Castle of Good Hope, Robben Island, the District Six Museum or the Bo-Kaap Museum… and that’s just on day one.
History and culture tours offer so much for the traveller seeking a deeper insight into modern-day South Africa and may well inspire your next business gathering.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Maropeng Visitor Centre (Cradle of Humankind)
Tel: +27 (0)14 577-9000
Cape Town and Western Cape Information Centre
Tel: +27 (0)21 405-4500
North West Province Tourism
Tel: + 27 (0)18 397-1500