My brother got married last weekend and for his wedding he had a few friends come in from abroad, which meant that as was brother was getting this organized for the big event, I was given tour guide duties and make sure that the friends got a see a bit of South Africa.
I had a few things planned over a couple of days, but one of these things was something I heard about from some family friends, a place called Lesedi Cultural Village. Apparently this was a great place to bring people who wanted to know more about the tribes in South Africa.
Now I know what you are thinking, this sounds very much like prepackaged culture, which is something I don’t particularly enjoy, however, after asking our guests what they thought, they said they were interested in finding out more and checking out the place.
We arrived on a rain soaked Friday afternoon for the Cultural Experience Tour. This tour started off with a bit of an introduction to Lesedi by a man dressed in Zulu clothing. Due to the rain, we would be first taking a tour of the villages of fives South African tribes, the Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Ndebele and Basotho.
We walked through each village usually repeating greetings and words provided by our guides, which was followed with a brief history of the tribe and how they lived. This was followed by a twenty-minute movie, which basically repeated what the guide has told us.
The final activity for us we were lead to another area where they presented songs and dances for us from the five tribes, with a finale where the guest were invited to participate in the dancing the “tribes”.
After this, depending on what you paid, you could leave or stay on for a traditional meal, however we were on a schedule so we decided to head on to our hotel for the night.
Now in general, this is not the type of tourism I like and for me the whole experience seemed to much more suited a much younger audience i.e. young kids on a school history trip, however, however if you are interested in the various tribes that make up South Africa, and don’t have the time crisscross the country to see them in their natural lands, then the Lesedi Cultural Village is for you.
However, with that said, the redeeming feature of the tour was the dancing in the end, which the dancers genuinely seemed to be enjoying and having been to similar things abroad, this seemed less forced and fake.
This is experience won’t fail to mention to anyone coming to South Africa, but I think it’s much more for the tourist and not the traveler. In any case, it was a great opportunity to take some photos and enjoy their enthusiastic dancing!**Practical Detail** R430.00 per person for the full Cultural experience and Meal R265.00 per person for the full Cultural experience only R210.00.00 per person for the meal only R120.00 per person for Dance Only R265.00 per person for Dance & Meal Only