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Most traditional rural dwellings are made from thatch with walls of mud and cow dung.
Located near the Hartbeespoort Dam in South Africa's North West province, Lesedi African Lodge and Cultural Village is a flagship cultural tourism destination for visitors interested in learning more about South Africa's traditional people and cultures.
Lesedi, which means 'light' in Sotho, features traditional homesteads of the Zulu, Nguni, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele people, where guests can immerse themselves in cultural activities. For guests staying over, the village offers accommodation in each homestead, ranging from luxury suites in the Nguni village to twin rooms in the Ndebele homestead.
Upon arrival at Lesedi, guests are welcomed to the Ndebele village before settling down to a multimedia presentation on the history of South Africa's rainbow nation. They are then taken on a guided tour of each of the cultural villages, where they learn the various rituals and folklore of South Africa's people, plus a few key phrases in local languages.
Traditional song and dance rounds off the day's activities, followed by a dinner buffet of African fare fit for a king, hosted in the 200-seater Nyama Choma restaurant, where you can taste impala, ostrich or crocodile meat. The newer restaurant, the Nile Room, serves delectable cuisine from North Africa. At the end of the evening, guests are invited to gather around the open fire to listen to tales of African mythology, or be escorted back to their cosy hut by members of their host family.
Overnight guests at Lesedi will wake to the sounds of the maskanda guitar (a Zulu guitar) and African melodies before being treated to a full English breakfast.
Lesedi was co-founded by National Geographic explorer Kingsley Holgate, who saw to it that every attraction hosted within the village is as authentic, alluring and enriching as the next.
The morning programme, titled the 'Monati experience', starts at 11.30am. The 'Boma experience', or afternoon programme, starts at 4.30pm. Both tours last around five hours.