Pioneers to progress
1Shangana Cultural Village, Hazyview, Mpumalanga
A guided tour reveals the fascinating mix of Zulu and Tsonga cultures that created the Shangaan nation. Tsonga artistry in craft, music and homemaking features prominently, and a visit to the Marula Market in the village is a must.
2Simunye Zulu Lodge, KwaZulu-Natal
At this riverside village, interact with the Biyela Clan, who are directly related to the royal Zulu household. Learn about Zulu social and political structures, watch daily chores being performed, and be entertained by beer-brewing, drumming and dancing demonstrations.
3Basotho Cultural Village, Free State
Venture into the mountains where, after being welcomed at the chiefs kraal, you’ll visit the homes of his wives and subjects to discover the lifestyle of the southern Basotho nation. Try a traditional meal or riding a Basotho pony as part of the experience.
4Matsamo Cultural Village, Mpumalanga
5!Khwa ttu San culture and education centre, Yzerfontein, Western Cape
Learn from the San people about their history, their spirituality, rock art painting skills, and their complex ‘click language'. Nature walks accompanied by experienced San-trackers or traditional herbalists are interactive and enriching.
6Dumazulu Cultural Village, KwaZulu-Natal
Discover the rich cultural traditions of this fiercely proud Zulu community: watch spear throwing, stick fighting, basket weaving, and bead and pot making demonstrations. Then join in the feasting, dancing and singing.
7Riemvasmaak, Richtersveld, Northern Cape
8Cata Village, Eastern Cape
Cata is a remarkable example of a land restitution success story, where you’ll be warmly welcomed and invited to experience day-to-day life in a traditional Xhosa village - with a friendly game of football thrown in for good measure.
9Khaya La Bantu Cultural Village, Eastern Cape
Xhosa matriarch Mama Tofu, and her daughter, Zinzi, teach you about the traditional rituals and daily way of life in a Xhosa village. All the while, Mama Tofu dispenses her inimitable advice on everything from marriageable men to curing trouble in the bedroom.
10Botshabelo, Middelburg, Mpumalanga
The Botshabelo Historical Village is an open-air museum that preserves the customs and the various art forms traditionally practised by the Ndebele, particularly their women, including beadwork, murals and the embroidering of blankets.