Lesidi & Cradle of Human Kind

Lesedi Cultural Village :
 
Did you know that South Africa is the only country in the world to has 11 official languages?
Lesedi Cultural Village is set amidst rocky hills and bushveld less than an hour’s drive from
Johannesburg on the way to Sun City, when you visit  you won’t get to see all the cultures, but
you’ll have close and personal contact with five of the culturs
  •  Zulus
  •  Xhosa
  • Pedi 
  • colourful Ndebele people 
  • the mountain people  Basotho.  
Expect a warm welcome and unique experience (of a day trip) and to be touched intellectually and
emotionally. You’ll meet real people (not your actors in fancy dress) but,  real homes where people
live and listen to these people tell you about their individual cultures and daily lives.
This is how it unfolds as Shaka Zulu, the great Zulu king and warrior supreme would certainly 
not have recognized such comfort. You’ll meet the head of the household, who will then be your 
host and guide for the rest of your stay. 
Then all the guests from the different homesteads make their way to the Ndebele village, where
you’ll be given a rousing and enthusiastic welcome to Lesedi by all its inhabitants. This is
followed by a short, but comprehensive, audio-visual presentation that introduces you to South
Africa’s history and peoples.
Your friendly and knowledgeable host will take you on a guided tour of all the homesteads
before it’s back to your “own” village for a wash and brush-up.
As the African sun sets (in itself a spectacular sight), prepare yourself for one of the highlights of
your trip when you go into the Ingoma – the dance boma – to watch some of the best African
dancing you will see anywhere in South Africa. It really is, as one guest put it, “a fantastic,
amazing experience”. And when the drumming and the rhythms get to you, join in.
The dancing is followed by an eclectic African feast, you can choose from:
  •  potjiekos – a traditional meat stew cooked in a black cast-iron pot with samp (maize porridge) and beans
  • or chops, boerewors (beef sausage), steak or chicken from the braai;
  • or test your taste buds and try crocodile, kudu or warthog.
             *There’s a great craft market for those last-minute curios and handmade local arts and crafts.*
*  8 passengers (R 1100 and 50 for additional passenger and 13 seater bus R 1, 600 (7 – 13 passengers) 
 
Entrance fee:
  • A full day visitor R 400 with full cultural experience, dance and lunch. 
  • Dance and lunch; dance and dinner R 250 p/p. 
  • Visiting hours 
                           *Monati Experience, the morning experience, begins at 11 h 30. 
                           *The Boma Experience, the evening experience, begins at 16 h 30
 
The Cradle of Humankind is one of the eight World Heritage Sites in South Africa and the only one in Gauteng is, renowned as the place where humankind originated. It is here that the first hominid, Australopithecus, was found in 1924 at Taung in the North West Province by Professor Raymond Dart of  the University of the Witwatersrand. 

Maropeng is a world-class exhibition centre that focuses on the development of humans and our
ancestors over the past few million years. On arrival, visitors are met by what appears to be a
massive burial mound, the entry point into the secrets of humankind’s beginnings.
The Sterk-fontein Caves, the site of the most longstanding, continuous palaeoanthropological dig
in the world, are world-renowned for their fossil finds. These caves have produced the pre-human skull popularly known as “Mrs Ples” and an almost complete hominid skeleton
affectionately known as “Little Foot”. 

8 passengers (R1100 and 50 for additional passenger and 13 seater bus R1, 600 (7 – 13 passengers) 

Entrance Fee: 
Combination ticket (Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves)
Adults:                                  R 175 
Children (four-14 years):    R 102 
Children under four:         Free