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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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Lodging Near Lesedi Cultural Village

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aha Lesedi Cultural Village $60
aha Lesedi Cultural Village

aha Lesedi Cultural Village

Portion 198 Of Farm no 493, Lanseria
     
    4.2
    of 5, from 34 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Situated near the airport, this lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lesedi Cultural Village and 11.9 mi (19.2 km) from Lion Park. Montecasino and Hartebeespoort Dam are also within 20 mi (32 km).

    The Venue Country Hotel $31
    The Venue Country Hotel

    The Venue Country Hotel

    Pelindaba Road (R512), Lanseria
       
      4.0
      of 5, from 2 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lesedi Cultural Village and 11.9 mi (19.2 km) from Lion Park. Montecasino and Hartebeespoort Dam are also within 20 mi (32 km).

      Amanzingwe Lodge Conference Centre & Spa $92
      Amanzingwe Lodge Conference Centre & Spa

      Amanzingwe Lodge Conference Centre & Spa

      ortion 199, Pelindaba Road, Broederstroom
         
        1.0
        of 5, from 1 reviews
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Situated in Broederstroom, this hotel is 5 mi (8 km) from Lesedi Cultural Village and within 20 mi (32 km) of Lion Park and Hartebeespoort Dam. Kruger Museum and Voortrekker Monument are also within 25 mi (40 km).

        Cynthia's Country Farm Stay $23
        Cynthia's Country Farm Stay

        Cynthia's Country Farm Stay

        Plot 245 Jalalpor Road, Broederstroom
           
          2.7
          of 5, from 3 reviews
          2.5 out of 5.0

          Situated in Broederstroom, this lodge is 6.2 mi (9.9 km) from Lesedi Cultural Village and 12 mi (19.3 km) from Hartebeespoort Dam. Lion Park and Kruger Museum are also within 25 mi (40 km).

          Twenty Three on Riverside $69
          Twenty Three on Riverside

          Twenty Three on Riverside

          23 Riverside Estates, Centurion
             
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Situated in Centurion, this bed & breakfast is 6.5 mi (10.5 km) from Lesedi Cultural Village and 9.5 mi (15.3 km) from Lion Park. Montecasino and Northgate Shopping Center are also within 16 mi (25 km).

            La Montagne Guest Lodge
            La Montagne Guest Lodge

            La Montagne Guest Lodge

            1 Ridge Lane, Hartbeespoort
               
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Hartbeespoort, this guesthouse is 8.2 mi (13.2 km) from Lesedi Cultural Village and 9.8 mi (15.8 km) from Hartebeespoort Dam. Lion Park and Kruger Museum are also within 25 mi (40 km).

              Ileven Heaven-Self-Catering Accommodation
              Ileven Heaven-Self-Catering Accommodation

              Ileven Heaven-Self-Catering Accommodation

              Ile du Lac, Broederstroom, Hartbeespoort
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Hartbeespoort, this residence is 6 mi (9.7 km) from Lesedi Cultural Village and within 20 mi (32 km) of Lion Park and Hartebeespoort Dam. UNISA and Kruger Museum are also within 25 mi (40 km).

                Jeanette's Villa at Westlake
                Jeanette's Villa at Westlake

                Jeanette's Villa at Westlake

                27 Woodlands Ave, Hartbeespoort
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Situated on a lake, this villa is within 9 mi (15 km) of Lesedi Cultural Village, Hartebeespoort Dam, and Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary. Lion Park and Kruger Museum are also within 25 mi (40 km).