Shangana Cultural Village
Shangana Cultural Village
3.5

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3.5
3.5 of 5 bubbles82 reviews
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Marion W
Boulder, CO8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This Village does not exist anymore!! I went there only to find out it has been closed since COVID.
It’s a shame that no one bothers to change the status to inform tourists and saves people a trip for nothing
Written 17 April 2024
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Terri K
22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This was one of three cultural villages we visited. Each was very different, and interesting in its own way. We were able to speak (through an interpreter) with the chief and the Sangoma. As we were the only ones there, we could ask quite a few questions, and were able to clear up some misconceptions we had heard. The Sangoma showed us her medicines, and most of them actually have crossover into Western medicine. She also clearly indicated that people who are ill beyond her expertise are sent to the hospital. We learned a lot.
Written 27 December 2019
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Bryce H
28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We were passing by here on our way back from Kruger Park, so we stopped in to see the village. It was interesting, and quite different from anything else we saw on our trip. It is not a big place, so we could do the tour in about an hour. I wouldn't go out of your way to see it, but if you are passing by, it is worth a stop.
Written 23 August 2019
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Bryon P
Toronto, Canada151 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
This was an enjoyable show. Combined with dinner BBQ this was a great entertainment value. The dancers were in great shape, and the show lasted about 45 minutes. This was our first experience at seeing a native show.
Written 11 June 2019
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Hagarbutterfly
Cologne, Germany19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Very nice to see how the traditional People live and how the culture is there. The Selfmade beer is tasty and you can look in the future with the medicin women. Nice Visit and low budget
Written 16 May 2019
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tanisha77
New York City, NY2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
It was a great experience and even enjoyed driving pass the townships to make it there. It was pretty low key when we arrived as only the chief, one wife, medicinal woman/town healer, one other woman and the tour guide were there. I understood the tour for what it was, in that most Shangana ppl no longer live like that but this was how they once lived and their traditions and customs. I did probe and ask the guide who lives there to this day and she admitted that only about 15 ppl as most have moved into the town and even big cities. She admitted the chief does travel and I am quite sure he does not wear that attire everywhere he goes.
Yes, geared toward tourists but not a waste a time as it did provide insight into culture and such customs/experiences/meals were authentic. We went midday and that meal was one of the best meals we had will in South AFrica, and we did the big city of Cape town and no meals there rivaled this ckn stew, cooked pumpkin, cabbage and special bread. Great experience!
Written 9 April 2019
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travellingsilently
Belfast, UK61 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
I regret wasting time, in this beautiful country, to see this apathetic tour. The guide, the chief and the medicine woman presented a script probably too many times. The two mud huts that comprised the 'market' had the usual tourist guff. I rarely write a bad review but feel I should warn folk how underwhelming and expensive this experience was. We are off to drive round this beautiful area, watch the incredible wildlife and meet the warm and welcoming local people.
Written 16 February 2019
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Rochelle J
Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil239 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
It was very interesting to meet the chief Ngobeni and his family and the healer of the tribe. The local guide explained us all about Shangana customs and culture.
We visited in some afternoon and there were only the chief and some family members, I recommend booking in advance to the evening festival to watch drum session and shangana dances and have dinner with the shangana family!
The Marula Market is small, it has a few handicrafts. But we loved visiting the village and to meet the family! Amazing experience.
Written 14 October 2018
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Joey
Bucharest, Romania191 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Friends
A little bit to expensive for what has to offer. We were there at the opening hour and saw the chief and all the others inhabitants of the village arrving in the pick-up truck form the city. It spoiled all the wander of it.
Written 21 September 2018
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Magellanic47
Bangkok, Thailand1,049 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Business
This is NOT Disneyland, this IS however the truth, of how people lived and in some cases still live to this day - this Village is self-sustained with NO government support -
they make do with the resources they have - and everyone of my 20 guests on this day agreed - it was real, it was what they had hoped to learn, to see and experience.
They all gave this experience two thumbs up.

This is not South Beach Miami or 6 flags of Texas -
Please understand that you will have an honest and humble experience at Shangana Cultural Village - bookings essential especially for the dancing and drumming functions.

Will I take my next group here:
ABSOLUTELY YES - ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT
Written 7 July 2018
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