Botshabelo Historical Village, Mpumalanga

Botshabelo Historical Village

A glimpse into rich traditions

Botshabelo, originally established in the 1860's as a mission station for Christians and converted Bapedi, is an open-air museum incorporating an Ndebele Village preserving the customs and various art forms practised by the Ndebele people.

Not only is Botshabelo a museum, but a living village. The Ndebele men and women who live on-site are descendants of the original Bapedi who sought shelter at the mission station. The women still wear traditional garments and practice various traditions passed down from generation to generation.

Guests to the village get a glimpse into the visually rich traditions of the Ndebele nation. The Ndebele are famous for their colourful and distinctive homesteads, geometric art, clothing, beadwork and neck rings.


  • + 27 (0) 13 243 2253/4


  • Middelburg, Mpumalanga
  • To find out more about Botshabelko Historical Village, visit the Mpumalanga Tourism website.

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