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Overview
TThe Basotho Cultural Village is nested in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park in the Free State and it is a unique South African cultural village where visitors are invited to experience authentic hospitality and learn about traditional arts, crafts and ways of life of the Basotho people. The village consists of a rest camp that resembles an 18th century Basotho Village combined with replica homesteads dating from the 16th century to the present day. These showcase good examples of the mural art of the Basotho, known as litema. The replica homesteads do more than document the evolution of Basotho culture. Visitors are also invited to taste the local beer, brewed on site, share local food, enjoy traditional dances, meet village elders and learn how local arts and crafts are produced. Most of the objects produced in the village are for sale, along with items sourced from further afield in the Free State. Traditional villages abound with crafters who work from home. They produce pottery, fabrics, beadwork and grass hats, mats and baskets using traditional techniques and local materials. You can arrange to visit some of these crafters- or simply buy their products at the Basotho Cultural village.

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