South Africa has become one of the biggest tourism destinations on the globe and it is constantly opening its doors for people to experience the best it has to offer.
And a delegation from Ghana and Nigeria, who are participating in this year’s SA Specialist Hosting have had the opportunity to discover the fascinating cultures and traditions of the country and its people.
One of the places the team has experienced the rich culture South Africa has to offer is the Lesedi Cultural Village.
Nestled in the heart of the African bushveld amidst the rocky hills within the Cradle of Humankind, Lesedi is a world heritage.
The Cultural Village is made up of five traditional homesteads inhabited by Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele tribes who live according to tribal folklore and the traditions of their ancestors.
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The Lesedi Cultural Village offers visitors who want to stay overnight the chance to experience genuine tribal village accommodation without giving up modern day comforts.
Visitors stay in a traditional beehive hut which has a luxurious interior with all the modern conveniences one could wish for.
As part of the tradition, visitors are met by the head of the household, who then becomes your host and guide for the rest of your stay.
The participants at the Lesedi Cultural Village
To add to the adventure, guests from the different homesteads make their way to the Ndebele village, where they are given a welcome by all residents. This is followed by a short, but comprehensive, audio-visual presentation that introduces guests to South Africa’s history and people.
Some cultural artefacts on display
So far, the team has been exposed to the myriad attractions that South Africa has to offer business and leisure travellers alike.
The first trip by the group was to the Sterkfontein Caves located in the Gauteng province about 40 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg.
Basically, Sterkfontein is a set of limestone caves of special interest to paleo-anthropologists. Within the caves, scientists have discovered many hominid and other animal fossils, dating back more than four million years. It represents one of the world's richest fossil sites.
The tour of the Sterkfontein Caves starts with 130 steps to the ground and then after a long stretch of crawling and climbing inside the dark cave, visitors take another 230 steps to get up high into the caves again to discover the path of humanity.
The Sterkfontein Caves have a lot of stairs
Day Two saw the team touring the Ama Zwing Zwing Zip Line. It is situated at Amanzingwe Lodge, nestled in the Magaliesberg Mountain range and close to the scenic Hartbeespoort Dam, which is 40 minutes from both Pretoria and Johannesburg.
The Zipline Adventure is made up of seven slides and 10 platforms ranging from two to 14m in height. The adventure started with a short briefing before participants put on their gear. The tour was then conducted by professional guides who ensured the participants’ safety.
The participants listen attentively to their guides
A short walk through the veld, in the Cradle of Humankind, brings you to the first platform. Climbing the staircase takes you up to the highest platform where you can enjoy refreshments while taking in the breathtaking view of the surrounding Magaliesberg Mountains and the Crocodile River.
From the main tower you then take on the challenge of the longest slide (240 m) on the tour, while looking down on the zebra grazing below.
The team pose for a picture at the Caves
This year's SA Specialist Hosting took off on Monday, November 19 and it is expected to come to a close on Monday, November 26.
The team is made up of media persons, tourism agency owners, South African airline representatives and tourism service providers from Ghana and Nigeria.