Things To Do in KnysnaRastafarian Cultural Tour
Where? Judah Square, 22 Nzimeni Street, Khayalethu, Knysna, 6570
When? Booking is essential.
How? Call Brother Zebulon (Tour Guide) on +27 (0)76 649-1034
How much? Falls into price group R1 to R100 per person. Confirm with the provider.
South Africa’s largest Rastafarian community can be found living just outside the scenic holiday town of Knysna, which is perched along the Garden Route. This community consists of more than 30 families of different languages, colours and cultures, who have come together under the umbrella of love and acceptance that characterises the Rastafarian religion.
The Judah Square Rastafarian Village is situated in the Khayalethu Township, just a few minutes’ drive from the town centre of Knysna. The views of the lagoon and its surrounds are breath-taking, showcasing this part of the Western Cape and South Africa in a unique and undeniably spectacular way.
This village has been thriving since it was established in 1993. Now, decades later, visitors from all over the world are invited to go on a guided walking tour of the village, and to meet some of the people that make up this friendly, welcoming community. The guides are trained and registered, and are able to add plenty of insight into this particular group as well as into the history and heritage of Knysna as a whole.
Part of these tours includes visiting the local Rastafarian tabernacle, where visitors can learn about the beliefs and customs of this religious group. You may also see the holistic healing centre, community hall and food stall. With the funds that they raise, the Judah Square Rastafarians have built these and other facilities (including a crèche) for the community.
Visitors may also arrange to have a meal (vegetarian) with a local Rasta family, getting to know them as friends and learning about their ideals. Rustic accommodation in the township is another option for those that want to get a real taste of the village, its people and living in an informal settlement in South Africa. Sometimes, musical performances or family nights may be on the cards, which are an added bonus for those spending time with these folks.