Did you know?
At Protea Hotel Shakaland, overnight guests can enjoy a cultural tour that includes Zulu dancing, a beer drinking ceremony, and spear making.
There is nothing quite like the spending the night in a traditional African hut in the heart of an African village. You'll wake up to the sounds of a crowing cock, bleating sheep and village children. Then there will be the smell of samp cooking on an open fire.
The best way to experience South Africa’s tribal cultures is to stay in traditional African accommodation in one of the many cultural villages that can be found around the country.
At the Basotho Cultural Village in the Golden Gate National Park you can enjoy traditional dancing and see how the village women weave baskets and grind maize. A different period of the Basotho’s history is depicted by each hut. Guests can stay overnight in the Basotho Cultural Village Rest Camp which is fashioned on an 18th-century Basotho village. It offers comfortable self-catering accommodation.
At Lesedi African Lodge and Cultural Village near Johannesburg you can explore five different African tribal cultures and stay overnight in traditional African acommodation in Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele tribal homesteads. Each of the 38 luxury huts with modern amenities have been decorated in the style of a tribal culture.
The Protea Hotel Shakaland, a cultural village in the heart of Zululand, was originally built as a film set. It harks back to the days of King Shaka, the powerful king of the Zulu nation. Enjoy tribal dancing and spear making, sample African brew and visit the local traditional healer.
Also in Zululand is DumaZulu Lodge & Traditional Village where you can stay in themed accommodation and learn the art of spear and drum making, beadwork, basketry, pottery and weaving.
Cata Cultural Village in the Eastern Cape gives visitors the opportunity of staying with a Xhosa family in a traditional Xhosa village. You’ll be invited to share a meal with village families, visit a shebeen with your host, play football with the local team, and learn about Xhosa arts, crafts and culture. Another fascinating Xhosa cultural village is Khaya La Bantu Cultural Village.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
DumaZulu Lodge & Traditional Village
Tel: +27 0)35 562 2260
Tel: +27 0)35 562 0144 (Reservations)
Basotho Cultural Village
Tel: +27 (0)11 678 8870 (Central Reservations)
Tel: +27 (0)12 428 9111 (South African National Parks Call Centre)
Lesedi African Lodge and Cultural Village
Tel: +27 (0)12 205 1394
Tel: +27 (0)87 940 9933
Protea Hotel Shakaland
Tel: +27 (0)35 460 0912
Cata Cultural Village
Tel: +27 (0)72 568 7926
Best time to visit
Cultural villages in South Africa can be visited all year round.
What will it cost
Costs will vary depending on the cultural village you visit. You will pay for your accommodation and then generally pay for each activity you take part in.
Length of stay
One night at a cultural village is sufficient time to explore the village and experience its activities.
What to pack
You'll definitely want to bring a camera along.
Handmade African crafts, mats and beadwork.