65 km from Johannesburg Central (1 hour drive)
12 km from Lanseria International Airport (10 minute drive)
30 x Standard Rooms
8 x Deluxe Rooms
Stay in one of five traditional homesteads (Pedi, Sotho, Xhosa, Zulu and Ndebele
) which comprise of 38 rooms in total
and give you insight, knowledge and experience into how the families of these cultures live.
Unique & Traditional Accommodation Experience
Fundudzi Bar or Ma Thabeleng’s Shebeen
Lapa and outdoor conference facilities
Nyama Choma Restaurant serving African Cuisine
Tswana Letsatsi Lapa Venue
North African Nile Room
Ingoma (Dance) Boma
Hot air ballooning
Interaction with elephants
Explore The Cradle of Humankind
ABOUT LESEDI CULTURAL VILLAGE AND AFRICAN LODGE
Lesedi Cultural Village is located in the heart of the African bushveld amidst the rocky hills within the Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site
. Discover the fascinating cultures and traditions of the people of Africa, visiting five traditional homesteads inhabited by Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele tribes
who live according to tribal folklore and traditions of their ancestors. “Our culture is the light of our nation – whoever walks here amongst our cultures at aha Lesedi can also see the light.”
Lesedi Multicultural Village & African Lodge is a thrilling attraction for those willing to learn about the traditions and cultures of the African people. With 5 traditional homesteads, including colourful Ndebele homes, thatched Xhosa rondavels, Zulu beehive huts, as well as Pedi and Basotho homesteads, guests are promised a truly authentic experience.
Visitors arrive in the late afternoon and are welcomed in the traditional African spirit with a suitable escort to their village. Once settled in, they will then have the chance to discover and learn about the different cultures of the people of Lesedi. As the sun sets, guests are ushered to the boma for traditional singing and dancing, followed by a Pan African buffet in the Nyama Choma Restaurant.
The next morning is welcomed in with the sounds of the maskande guitar or squash box with a full English breakfast served in the restaurant.
Guests are also invited to enjoy the essence of Ubuntu
at aha Lesedi, where song, music and warmth of our cultural hospitality
add a truly unique touch to your experience.
NYAMA CHOMA RESTAURANT
Lesedi invites guests to enjoy a gastronomic feast incorporating dishes from the far corners of Africa in its three-tiered restaurant, Nyama Choma, which means “The Great African Feast
Experience the integral element of African culture and the way food forms part of its celebration of an eclectic mix of cultures. The 160-seater restaurant is an authentic setting with vibrant decor and offers an exotic buffet with meat delicacies ranging from ostrich to crocodile. The restaurant is divided into three venues:
East Africa – murals of the Maasai, the beautiful people of the East
South Africa – murals of the nine tribes of South Africa
North Africa – The Nile Room (where guests sit cross-legged on floor cushions at low tables)
Each of these spaces offers its own unique dining experience, where you can delight in the variety of colours, sights, smells, tastes and sounds of the various African customs – all of which are complemented by the tradition-inspired and friendly service.
Lesedi’s Fundudzi Bar or Ma Thabeleng’s Shebeen
offers a lively location to socialise and enjoy drinks with friends.Join us at this inviting bar for traditional African drinks, established to keep the wonderful cultures of “Mama Africa”
alive! We will gladly prepare and host entertaining shebeen lunches to compliment your stay.
This lapa is ideal for informal functions and outdoor parties, or as an alternative dinner venue. It seats up to 120 people in a unique setting with burning fire pots surrounding the walls and a grand bonfire as a central feature. To add to the bushveld atmosphere, soft, white river sand make up the floor and guests can enjoy a ‘braai’-inspired menu and an exciting buffet of African dishes. A fully stocked bar is also available.
NORTH AFRICAN NILE ROOM
The Nile Room reflects the traditions and style of the people of the North who are reliant on the mighty Nile River. Guests sit cross-legged on floor cushions at low tables with a hubbly-bubbly. The décor and murals represent the history of our Northern neighbours, the slave trade, the explorations of David Livingstone and the influence of the Arabian traditions, cultures and food. This is an ideal venue for private functions, birthday parties or celebrations of up to 40 people.
Ingoma (Dance) Boma
This traditional Isibaya or Great Hut is an ideal venue for buffet or BBQ- or ‘braai’-style functions for up to 50 guests.
ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA
Located close to Hartbeespoort Dam
in the Magaliesberg Area, Lesedi can assist with arranging game drives, walking trails, golf courses
and more. With craft markets, horse riding, bird watching, tennis, bowls
and several excellent golf courses, we cater for everyone. To add to your bushveld getaway, choose a scenic cableway ride
to the top of the Magaliesberg, or visit the aquarium, bird park and local zoo.
The famous De Wildt Cheetah breeding farm is situated on the northern slopes of the Magaliesberg, and a Cape Vulture colony resides on the southern cliff face. There is also a choice of restaurants and special pubs in the area, including a floating restaurant on the Dam. Ox-wagon trails are available and the well-known Sterkfontein and Wonder Caves, together with the Rhino Reserve, are situated a few kilometres south of aha Lesedi.
The area around Hartbeespoort Dam offers shopping hotspots and is a favourite locale for artists who exhibit their paintings, sculptures, handmade dolls, furniture and a wide variety of original clothing.