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Lesedi, A village of cultural history!

aha Lesedi is located in the heart of the African bushveld amidst the rocky hills within the Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site. Discover the fascinating cultures and traditions of the people of Africa, visiting five traditional homesteads inhabited by Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele tribes who live according to tribal folklore and traditions of their ancestors. “Our culture is the light of our nation – whoever walks here amongst our cultures at aha Lesedi can also see the light.”

When South African icon Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu first christened South Africa the “Rainbow Nation”, he was referring particularly to its peoples and their varying cultures. From Zulu people to those of Xhosa origin, to the Afrikaners, the English and the Coloured people of the Cape, South Africa has a rich diversity of people and cultures and 11 official languages. Lesedi Cultural Village is one of the best tourist attractions in South Africa, allowing visitors to really explore the glorious diversity of the people of this land.

Set amid rocky hills and bushveld less than one hour’s drive from Johannesburg, and on the way to Sun City, Lesedi Cultural Village offers visitors a chance to encounter people of Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Ndebele and Basotho origin.

You’ll meet real people (not actors in fancy dress), enter their homes and listen to stories about their individual cultures and rituals of daily life.

Experience genuine tribal village accommodation in Gauteng without giving up modern day comforts when you stay in a traditional beehive hut – inside it’s luxurious with all the mod cons you could wish for. You’ll meet the head of the household, who will then be your host and guide for the rest of your stay.

Guests from the different homesteads make their way to the Ndebele village, where you’ll be given a welcome to Lesedi Cultural Village by all its residents. This is followed by a short, but comprehensive, audio-visual presentation that introduces you to South Africa’s history and people.

Your host will take you on a guided tour of all the homesteads before it’s back to your “own” village to spruce up for dinner. As the African sun sets, prepare yourself for one of the highlights of your trip when you go into the Ingoma – the dance boma – to watch an impressive display of African dancing. This is followed by an eclectic African feast. Choose from potjiekos – a traditional meat stew cooked in a black cast-iron pot with samp (maize porridge) and beans – or chops, boerewors (beef sausage), steak or chicken from the braai; or test your taste buds and try crocodile, kudu or warthog.

In the Naya Choma restaurant you will experience the integral element of African culture and the way food forms part of its celebration of an eclectic mix of cultures. The 160-seater restaurant is an authentic setting with vibrant decor and offers an exotic buffet with meat delicacies ranging from ostrich to crocodile. The restaurant is divided into three venues:

East Africa – murals of the Maasai, the beautiful people of the East

South Africa – murals of the nine tribes of South Africa

North Africa – The Nile Room (where guests sit cross-legged on floor cushions at low tables)

Each of these spaces offers its own unique dining experience, where you can delight in the variety of colours, sights, smells, tastes and sounds of the various African customs – all of which are complemented by the tradition-inspired and friendly service.

There’s a craft market for last-minute curios and handmade local arts and crafts.

Inevitably this is a bit of a “touristy” experience, but Lesedi Cultural Village is unique. Expect an excellent and authentic African experience in the country, one that provides warmth, depth and insight into South Africa’s colourful diversity of cultures.

In the Naya Choma restaurant you will experience the integral element of African culture and the way food forms part of its celebration of an eclectic mix of cultures. The 160-seater restaurant is an authentic setting with vibrant decor and offers an exotic buffet with meat delicacies ranging from ostrich to crocodile. The restaurant is divided into three venues:

East Africa – murals of the Maasai, the beautiful people of the East

South Africa – murals of the nine tribes of South Africa

North Africa – The Nile Room (where guests sit cross-legged on floor cushions at low tables)

Our lovely hosts for the day….

Each of these spaces offers its own unique dining experience, where you can delight in the variety of colours, sights, smells, tastes and sounds of the various African customs – all of which are complemented by the tradition-inspired and friendly service.

Kalkheuwel

Broederstroom, R512, Lanseria 1748

www.aha.co.za/lesedi

+27715071447

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