“Kgotso” we greet you in peace
Basotho Cultural Village
The Basotho Cultural Village is a living museum situated east of the magnificent Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The village will give visitors a unique insight into the ways and lifestyle of the traditional Basotho people. Traditional homesteads of the 1700’s have been reconstructed on site and resident tour guides will explain the significance and use of daily household implements as well as the importance and symbolism of traditional clothing. Furthermore the making of basket ware and crushing of maize will be explained. Traditional dancing is part of the tour.
Contact: 058 721 0300
Basotho Cultural Village Tour
After receiving permission from the Chief to enter his village, you will be offered a sip of Sotho beer as a token of hospitality and even a game of Maraba-raba can be enjoyed. At the houses of the first and second wives beautiful and colourful utensils are explained . A visit to the Chief’s Ngaka (bone thrower) may very well cast some light on your future.
Self- drive/sightseeing: The Basotho Cultural Village in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park is easily accessed from Clarens. Take the R714 from Clarens towards Harrismith. Once you are through the Golden Gate pass, look out for the turning to the village on your right. The road is tarred all the way.
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Matlakeng Herbal Trail
The herb trail is only open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, during the Spring and Summer months, and must be booked 2 days in advance. The trail starts at The Basotho Cultural Village. A social ecologist and ngaka (traditional healer) escorts groups on a scenic 2 hour trail, all the while locating an array of grasses, roots, herbs, leaves and bark and explaining how these are prepared and used to cure ailments from toothache to sexually transmitted diseases, as well as their ritual uses in Basotho Culture. Hikers can also expect to see wild-life, as well as some well-kept rock art. Contact: 058 721 0300