Lesedi Cultural Village
Lesedi Cultural Village was established in 1993. The vision - to provide an authentic showcase of the traditional cultures of some of the well-known African tribes, who have their home in South Africa. Representatives of these tribes facilitated the design of the cultural villages to ensure a historically representative portrayal of the cultures, highlighting aspects of the traditional way of life. Members of these historic communities live at Lesedi and continue to breathe life into their fascinating cultures.
Situated within the Cradle of Humankind, a visit to South Africa is incomplete without a visit to Lesedi - the cradle of living African culture. In an informative and entertaining way, Lesedi provides the visitor with a better understanding of the rich cultural background of the traditional peoples of South Africa.
Tourvest Holdings (a JSE listed tourism company) acquired a controlling interest in Lesedi in 1998. Lesedi was re-launched in 1999 under the direction of Kingsley Holgate and Alan Louw. Kingsley, a National Geographic Explorer is one of the original founders and remains passionately involved in keeping the traditional African cultures alive in a progressively Westernising world. Kingsley keeps the cultural appeal at Lesedi alive. He is also well known for the sister attraction, Shakaland. Alan who has been involved in the tourism and hospitality industry for 25 years, serves as Managing Director. Both Alan and Kingsley are shareholders in Lesedi.
It was announced at the end of April 2008 that the controlling interest in Tourvest Holdings had been acquired by Guma Tourism Holdings - a Black owned Tourism Company. Accordingly Lesedi, as a subsidiary of Tourvest, now enjoys high level BEE status. This will be formalized with the appropriate certifications in the near future.
Lesedi has offered the pre-eminent African cultural experience in South Africa for the past 15 years. The opportunity to be immersed in the traditional richness of African Culture is enhanced with 38 beautifully themed guest rooms to accommodate guests in first class comfort.
A UNIQUE DAY EXPERIENCE AT LESEDI
Lesedi offers two unique day experiences in themselves where guests can share the excitement and warmth of true rural African culture.
The morning program at 11H30, known as the Monati experience and the late afternoon program at 16H30, known as the Boma experience.
Both experiences follow the following program:
- Arrive in our car park to a vibrant traditional African welcome and a refreshing welcome drink;
- Browse in our Ndebele village and craft market where Ndebele murals decorate the walls & courtyard;
- Attend a multi-visual theatre presentation on the history and origin of our people;
- Guests are divided into smaller groups and taken on a guided tour of our five homesteads: Zulu, Xhosa, Basotho, Ndebele and Pedi.
- After a few drinks in the bar, guests and the families meet back in the Traditional Dance Boma for the Giant Ingoma - song and dance of all five villages. The dance culminates in communal dancing withThe guests around the fire.
- A Pan African Feast is served in the Nyama Choma restaurant with delicacies from North, East and South Africa.
- Half Day Tour (4.5 hours).
- Pick up and drop off in front of your hotel (Johannesburg region).
- Tour starts 10h00 or 15H00.
- Minimum 2 people.
- Entrance fees.
- Guide fees.
- Lunch or Dinner.
- Transport to and from Lesedi.
- Bottled Water.
For more information or bookings please contact us