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
How to get here
From Johannesburg take the N1 towards Polokwane and then take the R37 to Burgersfort, or the N11 to Marble Hall. From Johannesburg you can also take the N12 east to Middleburg and then the N11 to Marble Hall.
Best time to visit
Spring is a wonderful time to visit Sekhukhune because of the rare yellow arum lilies that flower in nearby Roossenekal and surrounds; Sekhuhkhune can get chilly in winter
Around the area
For a wilderness experience visit the Potlake Game Reserve or the Loskop Dam Nature Reserve which offers boating and excellent birding
Tours to do
The Kamoka Open Africa Route is a self-drive route that takes you to Sehkukhune's cultural highlights There are guided tours available at Ledinggwe Cultural Village Visit the small town of Roossenekal in spring to see the spectacular showing of yellow arum lilies.
Length of stay
Set aside at least a day to visit the cultural attractions within Sekhukhune.
What to pack
Hats, good walking shoes and definitely cameras!
Where to stay
Leselo la Bontshi Lodge is a friendly and quiet spot with thatched chalets overlooking the Olifants River about 20 kms from Groblersdal Lion's Lodge Guesthouse is a pleasant family-friendly pleasant stop over in the heart of Groblersdal.
What to eat
Try authentic African fare at Ledingwe Cultural Village
The Yellow Arum Lily Festival takes place in Roossenekal in November.
Ledingwe Cultural Village is a great spot for buying Ndebele arts and crafts