The “Cradle of Humankind” is an area north-west of Johannesburg which has produced some of the oldest proto-human fossils on Earth. Lesedi Cultural Village, right in the middle of this region, sketches in a few of the developments which have happened in the three or so million years since our ancestors stalked their prey across the veldt.
Lesedi reflects the diversity of South Africa’s original inhabitants, and contains elements of Zulu, Xhosa, and Ndebele cultures, among others. Together they offer a tumult of sensory delights, from the riotous color schemes of traditional huts to lively dances, all in a setting in harmony with the surrounding bushland.
Review by Cheryl W, USA, April 2011
An absolute must see. I was concerned this activity would be "Disney-esque" but it provided us with a real sense of the history of the black African people in this country, which we found to be a useful reference as we met new people throughout our trip. As a bonus, the food was wonderful (don't be afraid to try the crocodile or the octopus) and the scenery on the drive from Jo'Burg was beautiful.
Review by LaTeashia S, USA, January 2010
Lesedi Cultural Village is around an hour’s drive north-west of Johannesburg, and makes a good stopover on the way to Sun City. Overnight accommodation is available in villages which reflect the authentic housing styles of each ethnic group represented here.