Located near the Hartbeespoort Dam in South Africa's North West province, Lesedi African Lodge and Cultural Village is a flagship cultural tourism destination for visitors interested in learning more about South Africa's traditional people and cultures.
Lesedi, which means 'light' in Sotho, features traditional homesteads of the Zulu, Nguni, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele people, where guests can immerse themselves in cultural activities. For guests staying over, the village offers accommodation in each homestead, ranging from luxury suites in the Nguni village to twin rooms in the Ndebele homestead.
Upon arrival at Lesedi, you will be welcomed to the Ndebele village before settling down to a multimedia presentation on the history of South Africa's rainbow nation. You will be then taken on a guided tour of each of the cultural villages, where you will learn the various rituals and folklore of South Africa's people, plus a few key phrases in local languages.
Traditional song and dance rounds off the day's activities, followed by a dinner buffet of African fare fit for a king, hosted in the 200-seater Nyama Choma restaurant, where you can taste impala, ostrich or crocodile meat. The newer restaurant, the Nile Room, serves delectable cuisine from North Africa. At the end of the evening, you are invited to gather around the open fire to listen to tales of African mythology, or be escorted back to their cosy hut by members of their host family.