Pedi Living Culture Route, Limpopo
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Nearby is the mysterious Mona Meetse Spring, believed to be inhabited by a water spirit.
The Pedi Living Culture Route begins at the foot of the statue of the great kgoshi (king) Sekhukhune, who stands guard over the ancient Tjate Valley near the Ledingwe Cultural Village.
This is the birthplace of the Pedi people and as you follow the route you will find out about their history and heritage, their traditions and lifestyle.
Once you have had the symbolic hand washing at the statue of the king, you will continue your journey into the Tjate Valley, a Provincial Heritage Site, where trained guides bring to life the story of the Pedi empire. Walk past the graves of fallen Pedi, Boer and British soldiers, and feel the whisper of history as you hear of the great Battle of Sekhukhune that took place between the Pedi, British and Swazis in 1879.
The tour then takes you through the Ledingwe Cultural Village where you can see how Pedi life was once lived. You will walk under the great tree where community decisions were traditionally made. And you can meet the village's artists and crafters, renowned for their colourful imagery.
The Tjate Valley is also one of the richest archaeological Iron Age sites in the country. The ancestors have left their clues. Hundreds of pots have been reconstructed from excavations at Tjate, and bones, tools and necklaces have been unearthed.
The Sekhukhune district is surrounded by nature reserves and natural attractions, such as the foot-shaped rock they call God's Footprint. The nearby village of Roossenekal is a good place to stay, famed for its showing of rare yellow arum lilies in spring.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Limpopo Tourism Authority
Tel: +27 (0)15 293 3600
Best time to visit
Spring is best as it coincides with the blooming of rare yellow arum lilies in the fields outside the nearby village of Roossenekal.
Around the area
Visit the surreal foot-shaped rock near Ledingwe Cultural village, known as God's Footprint, or Lenao la Modimo in the local dialect.
Tours to do
Take a guided tour of the Ledingwe Cultural Village. There are also South African War history tours on offer in the area.
Best would be to hire your own car to explore the Pedi Living Culture Route at your own pace. There are, however, guided tours also available.
Length of stay
Give yourself a day to fully explore the Pedi Living Culture Route.
Where to stay
There are a number of lodges and B&Bs in the pretty little village of Roossenekal.
What to eat
Traditional Pedi food at the Ledingwe Cultural Village.
Colourful beaded cloth and other local crafts at the Ledingwe Cultural Village.