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Excursions and Post-Conference Travel

Lesedi Cultural Village, Boma Experience

Join us for multi-cultural African experience at Lesedi African Lodge and Cultural Village

Lesedi African Lodge and Cultural village awaits those willing to participate in an adventure that reveals the mystical cultures and traditions of the people of Africa, steeped in tribal folklore and ancestral traditions.

Come and experience the spirit of Ubuntu at this Unique Cultural Venue where the people of Lesedi welcome you with music, song and the warmth of Africa.

Let the sound of the Marimbas take you into Musi’s Ndebele Theatre to be transported through South Africa’s history from the Cradle of Humankind to the Cultures of Lesedi.

Lesedi and its cultural experience of old and new Africa was co-founded by renowned African explorer, Kingsley Holgate.  One of Lesedi’s many differentiating factors is the village’s natural and tasteful incorporation into the surrounding bush, river and forests, with five traditional homesteads including Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele.
Local families live permanently in each of these five homesteads and visitors are invited to observe the African way of life by either enjoying a short tour of the villages or actually living among these families in guest accommodation, offering all the necessary modern day amenities and comforts discerning visitors are accustomed to.

The Boma Experience:

The cultural program begins with a multi-visual presentation on the history and origins of today’s rainbow nation.

This is followed by a guided tour of the four ethnic homesteads – Zulu, Basotho, Xhosa and Pedi.

As the sun sets over the African bush, you will be escorted to the Boma for traditional singing and dancing (you are voluntarily requested to participate in this) depicting stories that date back to the days of their ancestors.

You will then be treated to a Pan African Buffet in the Nyama Choma Restaurant with delicacies from North, East and Southern Africa.


Soweto Tour & Apartheid Museum with Shebeen Lunch @ Sakumzi Restaurant 

In Soweto, South West from Johannesburg, you’ll catch a glimpse of the lives of its estimated 3 million residents. This popular tour includes a visit to attractions such as the Mandela House Museum, the Hector Pieterson Museum and Memorial site and the Regina Mundi Church. We also visit a typical shebeen (local restaurant and bar) for lunch and a chat with the locals. The tour is concluded with a drive past a taxi rank, a squatter camp (informal settlement), Vista University, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and Soccer City (home to the opening and closing functions of the Soccer World Cup 2010.


The Cradle of Humankind Tour: Lion & Rhino Park, Sterkfontein Caves and Wonder Caves



The Cradle of Humankind – declared a World Heritage site in 1999 - is a 47 000-hectare area in the western part of Gauteng Province with around 40 different fossil sites where several of the world's most famous and important fossils have been discovered. We offer a full day tour combining the three following attractions:

  • Sterkfontein Caves
  • Rhino & Lion Park
  • Wonder Caves 

RHINO & LION PARK

Situated in a World Heritage Site, The Cradle of Humankind, this 1 200 hectare park is home to over 700 head of game including white rhino, lion, buffalo, cheetah, wild dog, hippo and crocodile. Their newly built breeding centre houses, amongst others, Bengal and Syberian tigers, jaguars and white lions. If your holiday is nearing its end, but you still need to get those photos to impress your friends - this is it!

WONDER CAVE

One of the most beautifully naturally decorated caves in South Africa. Since its discovery only 100 years ago, few people have entered the Caves and it is thus relatively well preserved and virtually untouched The enormous cave chamber with a volume of 46 000 cubic meters is believed to be 2.2 million years old. Hourly tours are conducted on well-lit pathways where no crawling is necessary. Access to the underground cavern is by means of about 90 steps and then a lift.

STERKFONTEIN CAVES

In 1947 a well-preserved skull of a species of early man known as Plesianthropus transvaalensis was discovered. The skull became known as Mrs. Ples, dating back 2.5-million years. The total of over 700 hominid specimens found here has made Sterkfontein the world’s richest hominid site. A section of the caves is visited on an hour long guided tour and the excavation site can be viewed. A visit to the newly built Sterkfontein Orientation Centre is also included, displaying information about significant findings, as well as general information on human and cultural evolution.