Ways to Experience Xhosa Culture in South Africa

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Roughly 8 million Xhosa people live in South Africa, where their language—which includes some intriguing clicks—is the second-most common tongue. Here are some of the best ways to experience Xhosa culture and learn more about this Bantu ethnic group.

  • Enjoy traditional storytelling and dance at five traditional villages—Xhosa, Zulu, Basotho, Pedi, and Ndebele—at the Lesedi Cultural Village just outside Johannesburg.
  • Delve into the apartheid history of the Xhosa, who were denied citizenship and forced to relocate, on a guided history tour of Cape Town.
  • Visit the home of Nelson Mandela, who played a crucial role in the South African quest for freedom and was one of the most famous members of the Xhosa tribe.
  • Learn about the forceful removal of Xhosa residents during apartheid at Cape Town’s District Six Museum.
  • Explore Knysna Township, a peaceful Xhosa community where you’ll meet residents face to face, taste traditional Xhosa beer, and learn about day-to day life and traditional practices.
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