Choose your country and language:

Africa

  • Global
  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • DRC
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Americas

  • USA
  • Argentina
  • Brazil

Asia Pacific

  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Australia

Europe

  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
Back
Mpumalanga

You are only moments away

PPictures of Mpumalanga’s Ndebele people often adorn posters and guidebooks to South Africa because of their dazzlingly painted traditional homesteads and colourful crafts. The Ndebele's vivid geometric designs and striking traditional clothing are amongst Africa’s most eye-catching, as you’ll discover when you visit one of Mpumalanga’s Ndebele villages.

The little town of Siyabuswa in Mpumalanga’s cultural heartland is home to the Kghodwana Cultural Village where you can follow the the last 1000 years of Ndebele history through to modern times. The people in this region are linguistically related to KwaZulu-Natal’s Zulu tribe and the Ndebele of Zimbabwe.

Did You Know?
TThe present Ndebele king, Makhoswonke ll, is one of South Africa’s six undisputed monarchs.

TTake a tour of the village; shop for stunning crafts such as bracelets, necklaces, mats woven from dry grass and beadwork-adorned gala blankets; visit one of the Royal Kraals and admire the heavy brass rings worn by married women around ankles and necks to display their wealth.

IIt's the Ndebele women who traditionally paint the vivid geometric designs of the homesteads, based on triangular and rectangular shapes. Skills are passed from mother to daughter, and the shapes used are often inspired by their intricately fashioned beadwork.

Mpumalanga

Food
When to visit
How to get here

AAnother Ndebele village well worth a visit is situated at the beautifully restored Botshabelo Mission Station, where early South African Christians sought refuge and found education training from the mid-1800s. This Ndebele village is an open-air living museum of vibrant colour.

AAdmire the artwork of the huts, the glowing murals on internationally-acclaimed Ndebele artist, Esther Mahlangu’s family homestead, the beaded aprons of the little girls, the glowing colours of blankets and beadwork, and chat to the married women about their spectacular clothing.

Thirsty after all this sightseeing? Then pop over to the Loopspruit Wine Estate – South Africa’s northernmost vineyard – just across the road from the village.

Who to contact
How to get there
Best time to visit
Get around
Where to stay
What to eat
Best buys

Related articles

Vibrant culture

South Africa’s top 10 cultural villages

Vibrant culture
South Africa’s top 10 cultural villages

Experience music, dance and food from across the country, as well as Tsonga crafts and Zulu beer-brewing; and don’t forget the magical clicking language of the San people.

Vibrant culture

Music of South Africa - discover the rhythmic heartbeat

Vibrant culture
Music of South Africa - discover the rhythmic heartbeat

The music culture in South Africa is made up of diverse genres, from jazz, hip hop, kwaito and gospel to pop and alternative rock.

Vibrant culture

11 South African drinks you’ll definitely love

Vibrant culture
11 South African drinks you’ll definitely love

From soft red tea leaves and fermented milk to home-made beers and pub-favoured shooters, these are some of South Africa’s finest drinks.

Vibrant culture

Shebeens – your uniquely South African local tavern experience

Vibrant culture
Shebeens – your uniquely South African local tavern experience

The first shebeens in South Africa were local bars and taverns where mostly working-class urban males could unwind, socialise, and escape the oppression of life during the Apartheid era.

Vibrant culture

Explore South Africa while sowing the seeds of rural upliftment

Vibrant culture
Explore South Africa while sowing the seeds of rural upliftment

Have you heard of Agritourism? This is a category of tourism that provides visitors the opportunity to experience everyday life on working farms, ranches, wineries and agricultural industries.

Vibrant culture

South Africa and its jazz scene

Vibrant culture
South Africa and its jazz scene

Jazz fans from around the world appreciate the skill and vibrant talent of South African jazz musicians.

Vibrant culture

Take a break and relax in Pilgrim’s Rest

Vibrant culture
Take a break and relax in Pilgrim’s Rest

The village of Pilgrim’s Rest is a settlement lost in time.

Copyright © 2018 South African Tourism
|Terms and conditions|Disclaimer|Privacy policy