North West Province Tourist AttractionsKortkloof Cultural Village
Where? Visits happen on an ad hoc basis and necessitate contact with the Groot Marico Tourism office first.
How? Call +27 (0)83 272-2958
The Kortkloof Cultural Village is located in the Kortkloof Valley in amongst the hills of the Swartruggens, near Groot Marico. The village is deep in rural North West and not easily accessible to visitors.
This is not a cultivated cultural village specifically geared to tourism. Visits happen on an ad hoc basis and necessitate contact with the Groot Marico Tourism office first.
In Kortkloof village live a few thousand Tswana people in much the same way as they have for the last 100 years - an essentially rural way of life, apparently unaffected by development. They seem happy to share their lives and customs – their food, dancing, dress and way of life - with visitors who come here to learn more about their traditions.
There is evidence in the Kortkloof Valley of iron-smelting works and the remains of Tswana settlements that date back hundreds of years. The villagers are proud of their history, which is part of the charm of the village.
A visit follows a programme that the villagers have set in place to include a tour of the village - their homes a combination of brick and zinc roofed homes and more recently low-income government homes, traditional dancing, and a typical Tswana meal.
Visitors notice the slow pace of life – goats and cows wander the roads, people have all the time in the world to stop and chat; it's as close as you will get to an idea of 'Old Africa'.
Add the Eye of Marico (a natural river fountain), a tour of a local mampoer distillery (the Groot Marico region is regarded as mampoer country and there is a Mampoer and Tobacco Route one can follow), a visit to Herman Charles Bosman Living Museum, local birding, and a visit to Wondergat to your itinerary