Free State Tourist AttractionsThe Basotho Cultural Village
A visit to the Basotho Cultural Village which nestles at the foot of huge sandstone mountains, will give you a deeper insight into the lifestyle of the South Sotho from the 16th century to the picturesque present.
Where? The Village lies next to the R712 from Harrismith in the eastern side of the Golden Gate National Park or from Clarens travelling through the park.
How? Call +27 (0)58 255-1000
When? Guided tours of the museum are conducted from 9:00 to 16:30 (weekends until 17:00), seven days a week.
How much? Price on request
On arrival at the Cutural Village, a friendly receptionist will show you an introductory video which illustrates the building process of the museum. Demonstrations of the decorations of huts, making of basketware, crushing of maize and traditional dances are shown.
Your tour will commence at the Khatloa under the expert guidance of a tour guide as you cannot enter the chief's village and explore the way of life of his people without first receiving his permission. He will offer you a sip of Sotho beer as a token of hospitality and you may engage in a traditional game of maraba-raba.
At the Ngaka (the chief's bone thrower) the throw of his which bones will give the visitors a peep into the future. At the dwellings of the first and second wives, visitors will enjoy some motoho and dipabi. The interesting utennsils and colourful decorations are discussed and explained.
The Basotho Cultural Village lies next to the R712 from QwaQwa to Golden Gate National Park, is close to the popular Amphitheater of the Drakensberg mountain range and forms part of the scenic highlands route. Cleverly placed between huge sandstone boulders, the restaurant offers delicious traditional meals as well as light refreshments.
The Village regularly hosts art exhibitions as well as live stage performances at the sandstone amphitheater. The curio shop offers traditional clay pots, basketware and other handmade items. Guided tours of the museum are conducted from 9:00 to 16:30 (weekends until 17:00) seven days a week.