Lesendi 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
- 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)
A full day visitor R400 with full cultural experience, dance and lunch.
Dance and lunch; dance and dinner R250 p/p.
Monati Experience, the morning experience, begins at 11h30.
The Boma Experience, the evening experience, begins at 16h30
And then: the BIG 5
Get up close and personal with rare white lions The Lion Park offers terrific
close encounters with lions, other predators and large herbivores indigenous to
Africa. You can also expect some superb filming and photographic opportunities.
The Lion Park is home to over 80 lions including the rare white lions and many
other carnivores such as cheetah, wild dog, brown hyena, striped hyena, spotted
hyena, black-backed jackal, side-striped jackal, and a wide variety of antelope
which roam freely in the antelope area.
Visitors have an opportunity to interact with some of the animals in the Cub
World area. A giraffe feeding platform puts you at eye level with the tame resident
giraffe creating a fun experience for all ages. The hugely popular cub interaction
allows guests to touch the cubs and take photographs.
**Need to know? The Lion Park is open every day of the year. Opening hours: weekdays 8:30 am to 5 pm; Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays 1 September to 30 April 8:30 am to 6 pm; 1 May to 31 August 8:30 am to 5 pm
Entrance schedule: Mon-Fri Mon- Sun & Public holidays at 09 h 00, 10 h 15, 11 h 30, 12 h 45, 14 h 00, 15 h 15 , Lion Day Feed Sundays at 12 h 00, 16 h 30
*8 passengers (R1100 and 50 for additional passenger and 13 seater bus R1, 600 (7 – 13 passengers)
This includes gate entry, a guided game drive and entrance to Cub World Animals.
CUB INTERACTION IS AVAILABLE
- Adults R 240
- Children 4-12 yrs R 140
- Children under 4 yrs Free