Top 10 Cultural Villages in South Africa

South Africa is rich in culture diversity as we celebrate Heritage Month allowing us to celebrate the ethnic diversities that make up our vibrant, multicultural society. There is no better way to celebrate our diversity than by learning about them.

To help you, we have created this Top 10 list of Cultural Villages in South Africa for you to explore. Enjoy!

  • Shangana Cultural Village

    1. Shangana Cultural Village, Mpumalanga

    Situated halfway between the Blyde River Canyon and the southern tip of the Kruger National Park, the Shangana Cultural Village celebrates the traditions of the Shangaan people. These picturesque villages showcase history and customs, the construction of homes, and decorative beadwork clothing.

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  • Basotho Cultural Village

    2. Basotho Cultural Village, Free State

    Discover authentic Basotho hospitality, art and tradition at this Free State Cultural Village set within the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The village depicts South Sotho lifestyle from the 16th century to the present, with replica homesteads documenting the evolution of Basotho culture.

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  • Shakaland Cultural Village

    3. Shakaland Zulu Cultural Village, KwaZulu-Natal

    Shakaland pays homage to the Zulu nation’s history and offers a wide-ranging experience from tribal dancing to beer brewing to consultations with a sangoma (traditional healer). The cultural tour offers insight into the Zulus way of life, their rituals and customs and the meaning of their clothes and ornaments.

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  • Botshabelo Historical Village

    4. Botshabelo Historical Village, Mpumalanga

    Botshabelo Mission Station and Historical Village near Middleburg in Mpumalanga incorporates an Ndebele village, preserving the customs and art forms traditionally practised by the Ndebele, particularly their beadwork, colourful and distinctive homesteads, and the embroidering of blankets.

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  • Khaya La Bantu Cultural Village

    5. Khaya La Bantu Cultural Village, Eastern Cape

    Situated in Mooiplaas, 40km in the north of East London, Khaya La Bantu Cultural Village presents an insight into Xhosa hospitality, art, craft and culture. A visit to this cultural village affords the opportunity to experience traditional music, locally-brewed beer and a traditional meal.

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  • Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre

    6. !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre, Western Cape

    Located on a privately-owned farm on the West Coast, the !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre offers guests a glimpse into the captivating culture, heritage, knowledge and contemporary life of the San people.

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  • Matsamo Cultural Village

    7. Matsamo Cultural Village, Mpumalanga

    Established in 2014, the Matsamo Cultural Village is a must-see for guests looking to experience Swazi culture. A visit to the village features rhythmic dance performances, music with authentic African instruments, traditional cuisine and interacting with the villagers.

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  • DumaZulu Traditional Village,

    8. DumaZulu Traditional Village, KwaZulu-Natal

    DumaZulu is a living museum in the heart of Zululand and South Africa's largest cultural village. Visitors get a chance to experience authentic Zulu hospitality, witness age-old manufacturing traditions and taste Zulu beer.

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  • Lesedi Cultural Village

    9. Lesedi Cultural Village, Gauteng

    Set amid rocky hills and bushveld, this Lesedi Cultural Village provides a cultural experience of the traditional South African people. Visitors have the chance to encounter people of Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Ndebele and Basotho origin.

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  • Motseng Cultural Village

    10. Motseng Cultural Village, North West Province

    Situated in the Sun City Resort, Motseng Cultural Village offers insight into the cultures of eight of South Africa's indigenous groups. In this living museum, different tribes share their customs, traditions and histories through song, dance, poetry and stories.

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