We invite you to experience the spirit of Ubuntu at this
Unique Cultural Venue where the people of Lesedi welcome you
with music, song and the warmth of Africa.
Let the sound of the Marimbas take you into Musi’s
Ndebele Theatre to be transported through South Africa’s
history from the Cradle of Humankind to the Cultures of
Lesedi and its cultural experience of old and new Africa
was co-founded by renowned African explorer, Kingsley
Holgate, who remains heavily involved in the day to day
operations and ensures that every attraction is not only
fascinating, but enriching. One of Lesedi’s many
differentiating factors is the village’s natural and
tasteful incorporation into the surrounding bush, river and
forests, with five traditional homesteads including Zulu,
Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele.
Local families live permanently in each of these five
homesteads and visitors are invited to observe the African
way of life by either enjoying a short tour of the villages
or actually living among these families in guest
accommodation, offering all the necessary modern day
amenities and comforts discerning visitors are accustomed
Whether one enjoys the Lesedi cultural experience through
a short tour or by staying overnight, for the culturally
inquisitive, this is a destination not to be missed.
A UNIQUE DAY EXPERIENCE AT LESEDI
Lesedi offers two unique day experiences in themselves
where guests can share the excitement and warmth of true
rural African culture.
The morning program at 11H30, known as the Monati
experience and the late afternoon program at 16H30, known as
the Boma experience.
Both experiences follow the following program :
- Arrive in our car park to a vibrant traditional African
welcome and a refreshing welcome drink;
- Browse in our Ndebele village and craft market where
Ndebele murals decorate the walls & courtyard;
- Attend a multi-visual theatre presentation on the
history and origin of our people;
- Guests are divided into smaller groups and taken on a
guided tour of our five homesteads:
Zulu, Xhosa, Basotho, Ndebele and Pedi.
- After a few drinks in the bar, guests and the families
meet back in the Traditional Dance Boma for The Giant
Ingoma - song and dance of all five villages. The dance
culminates in communal dancing with
the guests around the fire.
- A Pan African Feast is served in the Nyama Choma
restaurant with delicacies from North, East and
Bookings are essential.
The Lesedi Marimba Band players from West
Africa will play for you during the welcome to Lesedi and at
meal times in Nyama Choma Restaurant. Accompanied by other
musicians such as guitar players.
Taking you deep down to Kwazulu Natal where “Maskandi Music”
– Distance Music, is enjoyed. This music is called Distance
Music because if you are travelling a distance and playing
your guitar, you will reach your destination without feeling
the distance because you were taken up by your music.
The Lesedi Band have recorded their music on cd’s of
recordings which can be purchased at the restaurant after
AFRICAN CULTURAL EXTRAVAGANZA
In the Giant Ingoma Dance Boma, a drum beats rhythmically.
The dance floor erupts as Zulus in cultural dress leap and
stamp. Pedi women execute a cheeky, hip-swaying rain dance.
South Africa has its own Rain Queen – Majoji - who reigns in
Limpopo Province. “Now, help us summons our ancestors!”
Herbs are scattered over an open fire, releasing a sweet
scent. Dancing becomes increasingly frenzied, culminating in
men wearing zebra masks leaping across the floor. This is
just one of the highlights of Lesedi African Lodge and its
Price: ZAR 1 100 per person