Lesedi Cultural Village

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Lesedi Cultural Village
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This attraction north of Johannesburg attempts to show busloads of tourists how the Lesedi tribe lives and works.
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Anteater222222
London, UK317 contributions
Friends
This 2 hour tour costs 370RAN per adult, it’s on the pricy side. However, it’s a quick way to learn about South African tribal culture.
First was a half video screening that was a bit dated, followed by an one hour walking tour around the site which was well presented and narrated with humour. They also demonstrated traditional weaving and cooking skills. There was a half hour dance show finale which was entertaining.
Apparel Tip - wear comfortable shoes, the site walkway are mostly unpaved.
Dining Tip - across the road there is a Lion Safari, no admission is required for those just who want to dine at their cafe. We had nice lunch at reasonable prices there next to a giraffe and emu
Written January 26, 2020
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Clare C
Saskatoon, Canada102 contributions
It was ok. We were welcomed by a group of village dancers,. And then a local lady introduced us what we will expect. So we went through a few hunts, only went into one of them. Nothing inside, just chairs for us to sit down. She talked about what men and women have different roles. I feel like there was more talking than actions or practical things that they do. Then they ended up with the dancing at the end. The dance were good, I was little disappointed that they didn’t invite the tourists to join them because the reviews said they did. The tour guide told me maybe because there were too many of us.
Written March 15, 2020
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Evabe13
World238 contributions
Family
We had our second visit to the centre and we enjoyed it a lot again. The tribe villages are interesting and the guides are always really really good, they really earn their tips! The dance show is just something amazing!
We had also lunch in Lesedi and it is so tasty and wide variety! If you go, you just have to try the lunch also. Especially crocodile is delicious!
Souvenirs they are selling, especially jewellery, are very cheap and beautiful.
Written March 7, 2020
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i86debt
Southwest Gulf Coast, FL6 contributions
Solo
While the people working at the cultural center were energetic and informative the center itself was in need of a good general clean up.
Our group was very small numbering under ten. But the dancers at the end still put forth a 100%.
We learned about the different tribes and their dowry requirements. I would have liked to know more.
Written July 5, 2022
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Courtnye Nix
5 contributions
Solo
What a wonderful place to visit. The facility is beautifully designed and the staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. The room was very nice, the bathroom was incredible even included a secluded outdoor shower. The historic tour and cultural show were amazing. The food at the restaurant was amazing with lots to choose from. There are so many amazing things to see and do within a few minutes drive that there was not enough time to do it all! Enjoy your morning coffee watching the monkeys on the property greet the day. Fantastic memories are made here.
Written January 19, 2020
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Landiesrule
Bangor, UK43 contributions
Family
We came upon this place by chance on a recent visit to Gauteng and it turned out to be one of the most enjoyable days of our trip. Having previously lived and studied in South Africa we were familiar with some of the information given on the history of South Africa and the people groups presented but we also learnt a lot of new information. What was really great about Lesedi was it provided an overview of different tribes/cultural groups as they lived in the past in an authentic and respectful way, all in one place. The link between the homes, the music and dance and the food was carefully weaved together to give a very clear picture of South African history.

Highlights:
Being served fresh orange juice in the mini tin mugs on arrival.
The melodic singing to welcome you into the 'hall' at the start of the tour.
The excellent guide who was so funny and clearly talented to do his job - I can't remember his name but it meant 'peace' and he was a star.
The buffet meal which was excellent - a great combination of meat including game, salads, deserts and coffee.
The atmosphere in the dining room with the beautiful African decorations, the background music and the friendly staff.
The dancing which told its own story about the people of Southern Africa was impressive and varied. I loved the encouragement that the team gave to the kids in the group, allowing them the space to perform in their own right. Several older local people who were watching with us were visibly moved by seeing their heritage showcased in such a respectful and impressive way.
The curios on sale were well priced, some quite unique and plentiful without being overwhelming.

I would rate this as a MUST DO activity for anyone currently living in Southern Africa and expats visiting SA. It would also be really appreciated by foreigners who are genuinely interested in SA culture and want to learn more in an interactive way.
Written January 10, 2015
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ykiran77
Dubai, United Arab Emirates230 contributions
Friends
I have been mesmerized when I went inside the villages, which are so naturally created. Simply superb. All the five local tribal villages have been recreated and they are so natural. They also perform an hour long local tribal dance; again no words can complete its sophistication! This will be a 3-4 hours programme, so plan in advance. The entry costs good money, but it can be customized like with food, w/o food, only dance, just the villages, etc. This is a well organized tour lead by an expert guide with very good & loud English. Totally a unforgettable experience in life. Thank you.
Written February 5, 2013
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Jessica A
Los Angeles, CA6 contributions
Couples
The Lesedi Cultural Village is a great experience for learning about South African tribal cultures. I came somehow thinking that there were actual people living in real villages that we'd be visited; this is definitely not the case. This is more of South Africa disney, with locals hired to play the part of various types of villagers. Which is fine, but better to understand this going in.

We arrived a bit late and were greeted by no fewer than 20 individuals singing to us from the moment we got out of our car, and accompanying us to the entrance. Impressive, but a wee bit overwhelming. Probably less overwhelming if there's more than two of you, and if you're on time so more people are milling about at the same time.

Our tour guide was amazing, and the experience of seeing replica villages and learning about their histories was also great. This is definitely a wonderful educational opportunity and I'd highly recommend it for families and for any visitors to South Africa. Since our stay we've learned of other similar villages in other areas, and none of them have the depth of Lesedi.

One fact that many folks probably miss is that the ACCOMODATIONS at Lesedi are amazing. We stayed overnight in a hut in the Zulu village and were absolutely overwhelmed by how amazing our hut was. If you're going to explore Cradle of Humankind, why on earth would you stay at a hotel when you can stay in something like this? The food is also great, and the giant dining room where meals are served is stunning.

The staff were all quite friendly and welcoming, and seemed genuinely enthusiastic about sharing their cultures with visitors. I think the experience is probably better in summer months rather than winter months, as I imagine the crowd is larger and brings more enthusiasm.
Written July 23, 2012
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traveler54601
Wisconsin80 contributions
Our family of four (two teenagers) visited the Lesedi Cultural Village north of Johannesburg and had a delightful time. The staff were extremely friendly and very focused on educating the visitors about multiple tribal cultures of South Africa. Sights included Zulu, Pedi, Basotho, Xhosa, and Ndebele homesteads. The buffet in the restaurant was very good as well. The crafts sold at the village are very reasonably priced and of good quality. We saw much lower quality crafts for sale in the Johannesburg airport for 3-5 times the prices. This was a great introduction into some of the rich cultures within South Africa. The presentation is extremely well done.
Written July 23, 2011
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Helen L
Exeter, UK5 contributions
Friends
This was a great experience, very educational. I just want to let people know that if you purchase a bundle - tour plus lunch- it costs R610 per person,however, if you just purchase the tour and pay for the buffet lunch separately it only costs R510 per person. They do not tell you this at reception.
Written June 20, 2018
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