Lesedi Cultural Village Tour
Lesedi: Living African Culture
Lesedi Cultural Village, Rainbow Nation of South Africa. Cultural History Tours. Colourful Origins/Culture Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele villagers.
Private collection and drop off – supplied as a fully guided professional tour covering en-route as may be possible from collection to drop off. Not simply a point to point transfer with a driver.
Lesedi Cultural Village – multi cultural village
Lesedi is located in the rocky Magaliesberg hills 45 minutes from Johannesburg. The Lesedi Cultural Village is a multi cultural village developed as a tourist attraction in 1995. Lesedi meaning “light” features the tribal villages, ancestral traditions, history and culture, including the art, song and dance of five distinctly different cultural villages:
Zulu (warrior nation) are the largest South African ethnic group who live mainly in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. Their houses are characteristic beehive huts.
Xhosa (proud nation) are a group of people originally from south-east region of South Africa. Their traditional crafts include beadwork, weaving, and pottery and their houses are identified as a thatched hut with distinct white blankets.
Pedi (warm hearted nation) refers to a ruling group which established its dominance over other groups of Northern Sotho in the 18th century, and to the culture and lifestyle of that group. They are described as rhythmic musicians.
Basotho (mountain dwelling nation) is a population native to Lesotho who is well-known for their coloured Blankets and straw hats.
Ndebele (artistic nation) are a group made up of the tribes of people living in South Africa and Zimbabwe. They are famous for their colorfully crafted homes.
The Lesedi Cultural Village Tour, available 7 days a week.
Ekala Eco Tours offer tours to Lesedi daily.
To be able to structure a tour around your requirements and time available – we need to be supplied with clear timing and collection and drop off address – hotel name. If one of the points is the airport – I need full flight details. Once I have these it will be possible to quote/advise and structure a day or multi day package around your requirements/timing.
We can also add many other cultural, wild life and historical local tours to create a full day tour or multi day package.
Perfect tour options to include with the Lesedi Cultural Village to create a full/multi day package:
Lesedi village – Spaza shop (small residential shop) – Shebeen (urban cultural bar) – craft market.
Ekala Eco Tours offer tours to Lesedi daily.
Experience the warmth of true rural African culture. Thundering Drums and Tribal dancing. The Lesedi cultural experience starts with a visit to the Ndebele village see murals decorating the walls & courtyard, with a multimedia presentation covering the cultural history and the colorful origins of the rainbow nation of South Africa.
This is then followed by a tour of the Zulu, Basotho, Xhosa and Pedi homesteads with participative traditional song and tribal dancing demonstrations from all five homesteads. Guests are enlightened by the traditions and fascinating customs dating back to the ancestors of the South African nation.
Additional options to include with Lesedi Cultural Village to create a full day tour:
- Hartebeesport dam: Surrounded by the majestic Magaliesberg mountain range – With its scenic 56 kilometers of shoreline and Art and Craft markets.
- Aerial Cable way, Hartbeespoort: Spectacular panoramic views of Hartbeespoort dam, Magaliesberg from aerial cable way view points and top walkway.
- Elephant Sanctuary
- DeWildt Cheetah Sanctuary
- Cradle of Humankind
Cradle of living African culture – a microcosm of tribal cultural and life at Lesedi.
The Lesedi Traditional Dance Show
Rhythmic traditional drumming and energetic dancing by the diverse cultures of Lesedi tribes.
Lesedi rhythmic and traditional dancers take you to the heart of Africa culture.
Best lunch stop on the day – at the Lesedi Village.
The Lesedi Feast
The superbly decorated Nyama Choma restaurant serves a buffet of traditional South African dishes and delicacies. This is a well worth inclusion in your visit to the village.
Alternative to Lesedi – Mapoch Ndebele Cultural Village.
Perfect alternative to Lesedi Cultural Village.
Mapoch Ndebele Cultural Village: Built originally by the Mapoch Ndebele after relocation to the area during the time of forced removals by the Apartheid Government. The Mapoch Ndebele cultural Village is acknowledged for its cultural interaction with guests.
The Ndebele Villages live in traditional manner and practice age old customs and culture. Multi-coloured Ndebele houses and structures colourfully painted and decorated in traditional geometric designs, for which the Ndebele are famous.
Passed down from one Ndebele generation to another – mother to daughter, each mural unique. The Ndebele village is excellent for beadwork artifacts, made by the Ndebele.
This alternative does however not work well to include other items to make a full day tour. Also only covers one culture, where Lesedi includes Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Sotho and Pedi. Thus recommend Lesedi Cultural Village as the prefered day tour cultural option.
Lesedi offers 2 daily programs.
Afternoon and evening program.
Afternoon Lesedi program works well to include the Cradle of humankind before and after the set time program/tour.
Some other options also work well.
Lesedi cultural village evening program.
Ekala stopped supplying this late tour (evening) due to issues in the area – mainly bad roads but not limited to.
Ekala Family & Guides
We pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge of South Africa and intimate knowledge of the tours, historically/culturally and wildlife safaris we offer. With our knowledge and experience, bringing a lifetime of experience in South Africa (and 4 generations before us) to ensure our clients capitalise best on their time and budget.
We personally conduct and organise all our tours and safaris as highly experience and professional guides.
Get an enhanced understanding of South Africa’s history and diverse cultures.
No prices on our website as we do not have set routes with set collection and drop off’s that waste a lot of your available and valuable time.
We structure our tours/safari's around our clients requirements, available time and collection and drop off requirements.
If time is limited:
We will structure the tour from arrival to departure – including airport collection and drop off.
Using all time available as a fully guided professional tour.
Not simply a point to point mixed group drive around.
We quote structured around your requirements/timing
Our tours are non-invasive.
Cultural tours/township tours as Soweto/Alexandra:
We do NOT go into private houses.
Or invade the township resident's privacy in any way.
Enjoying and respecting South Africa’s national assets – wildlife, environment and the people.
An Historical/Cultural tour and Safari to remember for the right reason