South Africa’s culture is a blend of African roots and European traditions. While flying only one flag, South Africa has 11 official languages. To learn more about the nation’s diverse and rich multi-cultural heritage, a good place to start is to visit the Lesedi African Lodge and Cultural Village. Located in the Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site in Gauteng, visitors stay in well-appointed guest rooms with modern amenities among real life indigenous villages including Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele.
A multi-media presentation on the history and origins of today’s rainbow nation is followed by a visit to the indigenous homesteads. Participatory traditional singing and dancing in the boma is followed by an amazing Pan African feast offering the best of African dishes. A highlight is the traditional Mkishi dancers. They captivate with their huge tasseled masks, colorfully woven costumes, stilt dancers and enormous snake and crocodile figures.