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Basutho Cultural village, South Africa

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A visit to a Basutho cultural village is one of those cultural experiences that is not to be missed on your visit to South Africa. "Kgotso"- we greet you in peace- and beckon you to "tlo bone"- a friendly Basotho invitation to come and see our cultural village. This warm greeting is extended to you by the inhabitants of the Basotho cultural village in the Free State province in the heart of South Africa. This friendly village lies in the scenic Qwa-Qwa National Park in an area rich in natural beauty. The Qwa-Qwa Park lies next to the Golden Gate National Park and the magnificent Amphitheatre of the Drakensberg Mountain Range is also within easy reach.

The village houses a traditional Sotho Museum, a sandstone amphitheatre, a restaurant and a curio shop. The museum introduces visitors to the South Sotho (Basotho) nation, from its inception through its history till their present day existence. Guided tours of the museum are conducted daily, seven days a week.

Take a cultural voyage into the heart of the Basotho nation. Come and listen to the ululating sounds made by the Basotho women, watch the men play the traditional game called maraba-raba, while the young men play on their handmade musical instruments. Demonstrations of hut decoration, crushing of maize, traditional dancing and basketry help the visitor to gain a deeper insight into the traditions of Africa. The tour officially commences with a visit to the chief who has to give his permission for the tour to start. He offers visitors traditional Sotho beer as a token of hospitality, after which visitors may visit the households of the first and second wives of the chief.

Traditional meals can be served to tour groups, but advance bookings are essential. The traditional menu offered by the villagers includes motoho (porridge made of sorghum) and dipadi (toasted ground maize with a bit of salt and sugar). During the meal, the guide will also explain the use of the traditional Sotho utensils. While at the village, do not miss out on the opportunity to learn more about the plants in the area and their medicinal uses. The guide who takes visitors on the herb route is an expert in this field. The village often produces song, dance and music festivals and tourists who prefer to stay longer are welcome to stay in one of the self-catering chalets, but bookings need to be made in advance. 

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