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“Cultural experience with a big smile!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Matsamo Cultural Village

Matsamo Cultural Village
Jeppe's Reef - Border Post, Jeppe's Reef, South Africa
+27(0) 13 781 0578
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Pretoria, South Africa
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“Cultural experience with a big smile!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2010

So, what is there that catches me eye at Matsamo? The big smiles!

There are zillions of cultural villages scattered around Southern Africa.... some are successful because they are on itineraries of tour operators, others are well located, and yet others are badly placed or not properly marketed. Matsamo is very fortunate in both of these regards. They have a website that works, a telephone that get's answered for bookings, they are well known by most local tour operators, they are placed at an obligatory stop for many itineraries..... AND..... Their staff smile and look HAPPY!

The smile and the involvement with the visitors is an element that is lacking in many cultural villages where the show is performed as a duty, and not as a fun activity. At Matsamo, I have inevitably always seen the dancers smiling and laughing.....

If you are travelling through Swaziland on a tour and you are connecting to the Lowveld of South Africa to visit the Kruger National Park or one of the private game reserves, it is likely that you will pass through the Matsamo (Swaziland)/Jeppe's Reef (South Africa) border post. Matsamo Cultural Village is located with it's entrance next to the SA immigration and passport control.

PROS: Matsamo offers a Swazi cultural experience with a dance show, that is both informative and entertaining. They have a buffet lunch that is located at the perfect stop en route.... after all, you need to do passport control if you are travelling from Swaziland to South Africa and vice versa.... They also provide a last chance for Swazi curio shopping, and for the thirsty, they do have a bar.....

CONS: The food is not 5 star at the lunch.... but it is OK.....

WOULD I RECOMMEND IT? Yes, especially for tourists travelling through Swaziland.

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