Sekhukhune's cultural heritage
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You can visit the Loopspruit Winery where, in addition to classic wines, you can buy moonshine liquor in the form of witblitz or mampoer.
Sekhukhune offers you a fascinating insight into the cultural heritage of both the Bapedi and Ndebele people, whose history here extends back hundreds of years. The Kamoka Open Africa Route is a self-drive route that takes you to graves and battle sites, cultural villages and heritage sites. The name Kamoka is a Pedi word meaning ‘together' and the route is characterized by an interesting mix of two cultures and two provinces, Limpopo and Mpumalanga.
At Ledingwe Cultural Village, you can go on a guided tour that reveals the history and heritage of the Ndebele people. Visit the ancestral kraal of the ancient Ndebele king, King Mayhisha III; visit traditional homesteads and meet artists in their studios, find out about the fascinating folklore and mythology of the Ndebele - and even do a traditional dance or have your fortunes told by a sangoma (traditional healer).
Traditionally the Ndebele decorated their homes in bold and bright geometric patterns, and you can still see wonderful examples of this. The Ndebele have a proud artistic history which includes elaborate costumes and jewellery, beadwork and painting.
You can also take a tour of Tjate, a heritage site that commemorates the cultural heritage of the Bapedi people. Hear about the great valley of the Bapedi kings, from King Diale of the 16th century to King Sekhukhune who ruled in the 18th century. Local guides bring to life the brave battles fought here, and you can wander the battle sites and gravesides of fallen Bapedi, Boer and British soldiers, including that of King Sekhukhune himself.
Sekhukhune's surrounds are home to nature reserves, wilderness areas and natural attractions, like the foot-shaped rock called God's Footprint, or Lenao la Modimo in Sapedi, Echo Stone, and Mona Meetse Spring which is believed to be inhabited by a legendary water spirit. The nearby village of Roossenekal in Sekhukhune is famed for its spectacular showing of rare yellow arum lilies in spring, celebrated with a local festival. The main towns in Sekhukhune are Marble Hall and Groblersdal.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Limpopo Tourism and Parks Board
Tel: +27 (0) 15 290 7300
Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency
tel:+27(0)13 759 5300
Lion's Lodge Guesthouse
tel:+27(0)13 262 2268
Leselo la Bontshi Lodge
tel:+27(0)82 799 1377
Open Africa Route
tel:+27(0)21 683 9639