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Lesedi Cultural Village

Experience the life of an African village, learn about time-honored tribal customs, watch dance performances and sample traditional African cuisine. 

Set amid rocky hills and picturesque woodland is the enriching Lesedi Cultural Village. Share the warm hospitality of Africa’s tribal cultures while discovering their daily activities and customs. Watch live music and dance performances then enjoy a traditional African buffet.

The village showcases five of South Africa’s many ethnic groups: Basotho, Ndebele, Pedi, Xhosa and Zulu. Watch a multimedia presentation about the origins of South Africa’s people, and understand why Desmond Tutu christened the country the Rainbow Nation. Join a knowledgeable villager and visit the homesteads of each of the represented groups. See drumming, spear throwing and stick fighting demonstrations. 

Enjoy performances by West African marimba players, a wooden percussion instrument similar to the xylophone. Listen to the sounds of maskandi, Zulu folk music common in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. Go to the ingoma boma dancehall, where members of the village’s groups put on a fascinating display of rhythmic drumming and dance. Marvel as the Pedi women perform a hip-shaking rain dance and Zulus execute giant pirouettes across the stage.

Dependent on the timing of your visit you’ll have the chance to appreciate various dining experiences. Sample a nyama choma, an African buffet of meats such as crocodile, ostrich and warthog. Experience the flavors of North African cuisine while sat cross legged at a floor table. Chat with villagers in a shebeen, a tavern that originally served as an unlicensed drinking venue.

Stay overnight in a luxury hut of one of the five homesteads. Wake up to the soothing sounds of traditional tribal instruments such as the maskandi guitar and squash-box. 

Situated in the northwest of South Africa’s Gauteng province, the Lesedi Cultural Village is a 35-minute drive from Pretoria. Johannesburg is about a 50-minute drive away. Renting a car is a convenient way to get here and allows the chance to visit nearby attractions, including the scenic Hartbeesport Dam. The village also offers a shuttle service from hotels in Johannesburg.

Tours of the village last about three hours and there are two programs per day. Find admission fees and the tour schedule on the village’s official website. 


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aha Lesedi Cultural Village
aha Lesedi Cultural Village

aha Lesedi Cultural Village

Portion 198 Of Farm no 493, Lanseria, Gauteng
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the airport, this lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lesedi Cultural Village and within 12 miles (20 km) of Lion Park and Pecanwood Golf & Country Club. Montecasino and Hartebeespoort Dam are also within 20 miles (32 km).

    The Venue Country Hotel £55
    The Venue Country Hotel

    The Venue Country Hotel

    Pelindaba Road (R512), 140 Kalkheuvel Farm 493, Lanseria, Gauteng
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lesedi Cultural Village and within 12 miles (20 km) of Lion Park and Pecanwood Golf & Country Club. Montecasino and Hartebeespoort Dam are also within 20 miles (32 km).

      Alpha Hotel & Conference Centre
      Alpha Hotel & Conference Centre

      Alpha Hotel & Conference Centre

      K41 R512 Pelindaba Road, Lanseria Road, Broederstroom, North West
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Lesedi Cultural Village and within 12 miles (20 km) of Lion Park and Pecanwood Golf & Country Club. Montecasino and Hartebeespoort Dam are also within 20 miles (32 km).

        Glen Afric Country Lodge £38
        Glen Afric Country Lodge

        Glen Afric Country Lodge

        Glen Afric Farm Plot 144, Broederstroom, North West
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Broederstroom, this spa lodge is 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from Lesedi Cultural Village and 12.2 mi (19.6 km) from Hartebeespoort Dam. Harties Cableway and Montecasino are also within 25 mi (40 km).

          Amanzingwe Lodge Conference Centre & Spa
          Amanzingwe Lodge Conference Centre & Spa

          Amanzingwe Lodge Conference Centre & Spa

          ortion 199, Pelindaba Road, Broederstroom, North West
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Lesedi Cultural Village and within 12 miles (20 km) of Hartebeespoort Dam and Pecanwood Golf & Country Club. Lion Park and Lion & Rhino Nature Reserve are also within 20 miles (32 km).

            Cynthia's Country Farm Stay £25
            Cynthia's Country Farm Stay

            Cynthia's Country Farm Stay

            Plot 245 Jalalpor Road, Broederstroom, North West
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Broederstroom, this lodge is 4.4 mi (7.1 km) from Pecanwood Golf & Country Club and within 12 miles (20 km) of Hartebeespoort Dam and Lesedi Cultural Village. Lion Park and Montecasino are also within 25 miles (40 km).

              Engedi Retreat £48
              Engedi Retreat

              Engedi Retreat

              Plot 62, Jukskeidrift Riad, Riverside Estates, Centurion, Gauteng
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the airport, this guesthouse is 5.1 mi (8.2 km) from Lesedi Cultural Village and within 12 miles (20 km) of Lion Park and Life Fourways Hospital. Montecasino and Kromdraai are also within 16 miles (25 km).

                23 on Riverside £78
                23 on Riverside

                23 on Riverside

                23 Riverside Estates, Centurion, Gauteng
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Centurion, this bed & breakfast is 6.6 mi (10.6 km) from Lesedi Cultural Village and 9.5 mi (15.2 km) from Lion Park. Montecasino and Lion & Rhino Nature Reserve are also within 16 miles (25 km).