Cultural dance, KwaZulu-Natal Cultural dancers

Hear the beat of a Zulu drum and the ululating of dancing Xhosa maidens, feast on a traditional African braai, explore the history of our freedom struggle, visit Venda's sacred sites, or quench your thirst with a traditional African beer. These are just some of the culture and heritage aspects of our great country worth exploring.

Did you know?

?The Liberation Struggle Heritage Route tells stories of South Africa's liberation struggle through a network of heritage sites.

We South Africans are a diverse bunch of people – and there is no one particular way to define the beauty and complexity of South African culture and heritage.

We have created a unity from this spectacular diversity, and we invite you to come and explore the essence of who we are, with us.

Whether it's following a Hindu procession down the streets of Durban during the festival of Diwali, meeting a sangoma (traditional healer) at a traditional cultural village or learning all about kwaito (African house) music at a local township shebeen.

We South Africans don’t fall neatly into a kind of national stereotype – we are a diverse bunch of folk, united by our differences, yet constantly open to new ways of thinking, feeling and being.

So, who are we? Well, we speak 11 official languages. Some of us come from far away, across borders and oceans, while others have always lived on the southern African soil.

Some of us come from quiet rural villages whilst others have found their feet on the busy urban streets of Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

We worship different gods, feast at different tables and express who we are in a myriad of different ways.

We also have an incredible history and our fight for freedom from oppression has allowed us to be open, accommodating and welcoming to all who live here and all who visit our shores.

Sure, we love our soccer and our rugby, and yes we love our sunny skies. What would a weekend be without a beer and braai (barbeque) on a warm summer’s afternoon?

But we also cherish our cultures – the Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana, Ndebele, Venda and Sotho traditions (amongst many others). What would life be without a traditional Cape Malay curry, or rusks from an Afrikaans kitchen or a bunny chow from the corner café? Or how about pap ‘n vleis (maize porridge and meat) just the way Gogo (grandmother) used to make it?

South Africa offers a cultural immersion which is both fascinating and insightful. It can open one’s eyes to different ways of doing things, or to new insights into corporate structures, conflict resolution and leadership styles.

Unforgettable cultural experiences:
• Take a township tour to Soweto, Alexandra or Kayalitsha
• Visit the sacred sites of Venda and learn about sacred forests and python Gods
• Taste chisa nyama for the first time followed with traditional African beer
• Imbibe the ancient history of the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape
• Explore our Freedom Struggle history with a visit to the Eastern Cape
• Visit any one of our cultural villages
• Visit the outdoor art galleries of the Ndebele
• Go shopping for spices in Durban’s busy Victoria Street
• Attend an Afrikaans music festival in the Klein Karoo
• Trace your DNA at the Origins Centre in Johannesburg

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

National Heritage Council South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)12 348-1633/8233
Email: nhc@nhc.org.za