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South Africa | Visiting a Zulu Village

What are the major tribes in Africa? The Zulu is the largest ethnic group of South Africa inhabiting in KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng Province.

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The Zulu and Maasai ethnic groups are the most popular tribes in Africa. The Maasai is an ethnic community, inhabiting in Kenya and northern Tanzania.

  1. WHAT TRIBES LIVE IN SOUTH AFRICA?
  2. WHAT IS GAUTENG KNOWN FOR?
  3. FACTS ABOUT SOUTH AFRICA
  4. FACTS ABOUT JOHANESSBURG
  5. THE AFRICAN VILLAGE EXPERIENCE
  6. WHAT YOU WILL SEE AND DO
  7. SPEND A NIGHT IN TRADITIONAL AFRICA
  8. HOW DO YOU DANCE AFRICAN STYLE?
  9. WHAT IS THERE TO DO NEAR LESEDI CULTURAL VILLAGE?
  10. THE AFRICAN PROVERBS TO INSPIRE YOU

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WHAT TRIBES LIVE IN SOUTH AFRICA?

  • Spending a day in a cultural village in South Africa is one of the greatest experiences of my travel life. On my first trip to Africa visiting a tribal community was on the top of my bucket list. Travelling to Africa is a life-changing experience which I strongly recommend you to do.
  • The major ethnic groups living in South Africa include the Zulu, Xhosa, Bapedi (North Sotho), Batswana, (South Ndebele, Basotho (South Sotho), Venda, Tsonga, and Swazi.
  • The largest ethnic group in South Africa is the Zulu and the majority of them live in KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng Province. The Zulu tribe is also known as Amazulu and consider themselves people of Heaven.
Zulu african inhabitants standing and sitting in a village In Gauteng in South Africa
The Zulu tribe represents the largest population of ethnic groups in South Africa; making up to 10-11 million people

WHAT IS GAUTENG KNOWN FOR?

  • Gauteng, is the smallest province of the nine provinces of South Africa, known as the “place of gold”.
  • The name Gauteng comes from the word gauta, which in Sotho language is synonymous to “gold”.
  • Initially called PWV, which stands for Pretoria-Witwatersrand-Vereeniging, was renamed “Gauteng” in December 1994.

FACTS ABOUT SOUTH AFRICA

  • The official name of South Africa is the Republic of South Africa.
  • South Africa has three capitals: administrative Pretoria, judicial Bloemfontein and legislative Cape Town.
  • South Africa has 11 official languages: Sesotho sa Leboa, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga, Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa and isiZulu.
  • The dominant religion in South Africa is Christianity at a percentage of 80%. Other religion groups include Hindus, Muslims and Jews.
  • The official currency of the country is the rand, since 1961 when it replaced the South African pound.
  • The largest city in the country is Johannesburg.
Residents of an african village are dancing the african dance in South Africa
Zulu Dance is usually performed during a traditional Zulu ceremony accompanied by vibrant singing and the beating of drums

FACTS ABOUT JOHANESSBURG

  • Johannesburg, located within Gauteng, is known as the ”city of gold”. ”Jozi”, as the locals call it, South Africa’s financial metropolis, has been the hub of the world’s gold mining industry.
  • South Africa’s biggest city and capital of Gauteng province is one of the 50 largest urban areas in the world.
  • The major language spoken is the Zulu, along with the English language spoken and understood widely.
  • Visiting Johannesburg? Check out here the activities to do to get the most out of your trip.

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THE AFRICAN VILLAGE EXPERIENCE

According to an old African proverb ”A man without culture is like a zebra without stripes’‘. Lesedi Cultural Village is located in Magaliesberg, one hour drive north of Johanessburg. You will experience the daily life and cultures of five traditional dwellings inhabited by Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele tribes.

WHAT YOU WILL SEE AND DO

  • You will watch a video presentation in the Amphitheatre of Ndebele village explaining the community’s history.
  • The head of the home will show you around the village. A tour guide will escort you in a sightseeing cultural Tour in four different tribal villages. During the tour, you will come across families practising their daily activities, warriors sharpening slingshots, women cooking, children playing around. During the tour, you will learn about the aspects of the daily life of the villagers.
  • You will watch the traditional African Dance. You will be encouraged to join the dance floor.
  • You will enjoy a traditional African buffet lunch! Taste ostrich, alligator ribs and crocodile meat!
This picture shows an African Man in a village in Johanessburg in South Africa
The word Zulu means “Sky”. The largest rural concentration of Zulu people is in Kwa-Zulu Natal. IsiZulu is South Africa’s most widely spoken official language

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The warriors and family,kids of the african tribes of South Africa

SPEND A NIGHT IN TRADITIONAL AFRICA

  • If you would like to extend your stay you can spend the night in one of the traditional homesteads made up of 38 spacious rooms showcasing the traditional cultural style of the Zulu, Ndebele, Pedi, Xhosa and Sotho cultural villages.
  • The inhabitants are very friendly and welcoming! Mingle with the locals, chat with them, ask them about their daily life. They will welcome you with a warm smile.
  • The whole experience is fun and informative. If you are a first time visitor in Africa is worth visiting a cultural village to experience the local and traditional village life.

HOW DO YOU DANCE AFRICAN STYLE?

This picture shows men standing outside a cultural village in johanessburg in south africa
Polygamy in the Zulu culture is similar to other cultures like Northern Sotho, Islam and Swazi culture. African men can take more than five wives to bear their children

WHAT IS THERE TO DO NEAR LESEDI CULTURAL VILLAGE?

  • Check out the fun activities to do near Lesedi Cultural Village. Choose from horse riding, bird watching, tennis, golf courses.
  • Join a full-day Safari in Pilanesberg National Park.
  • Visit the aquarium, the bird park and local zoo.
  • Visit a craft market to discover handmade African jewellery, decor and souvenirs.
  • Would you prefer to take an adventurous activity in South Africa? Explore a range of outdoor and adventurous activities from 4×4 trips, river rafting, canoeing, horse riding, quad biking, hot air ballooning.
  • If you are a wildlife lover then experience an interactive tour to get to know, touch and feed the African elephants.

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This picture shows an adult male from an african cultural village in Gauteng in Africa

THE AFRICAN PROVERBS TO INSPIRE YOU

  • You can learn wisdom at your grandfather’s feet, or at the end of a stick | Zulu proverb
  • Teeth do not see poverty | Maasai proverb
  • He who burns down his house knows why ashes cost a fortune | African proverb
  • When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground | African proverb
  • Do not follow a person who is running away |Kenyan proverb
  • Eyes can see widely: They can cross a river in full flood | African proverb

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This post was most recently updated on June 22nd 2020.

10 thoughts on “South Africa | Visiting a Zulu Village

  1. Ωωω εξαιρετικοοο Εβελίνα μου, πολύ απρόσμενο πραγματικά, συγχαρητήρια για τη σκέψη σου και για το αναλυτικό άρθρο!

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  2. Χαίρομαι που σ’αρεσει! Υπέροχο ταξίδι θα θελα να ταξιδεψω ξανα στα ανατολικά αυτή τη φορά

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  3. Such a different culture! Africa is on my bucket list but I’m feeling weird about visiting. It’s thrilling, but a bit scary at the same time 🙂 I keep postponing it until I see all the other continents (well, maybe not Antarctica). I was the closest to Africa last year in Malaga, Spain, they even have 20-min ferry-ride excursions to visit just like that!

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  4. What an amazing post! I’m saving this for later because this is true bucket list travel. Thanks for all the great info & tips.

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  5. @Juliet Dreamhunter I would give a chance to visit Africa! South Africa is safe to visit as long as you take the normal sensible precautions!
    Yeap from Malaga travel to Morocco by ferry!

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