Choose your country and language:


  • Global
  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • DRC
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe


  • USA
  • Argentina
  • Brazil

Asia Pacific

  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Australia


  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • United Kingdom

You are only moments away

PPictures of Mpumalanga’s Ndebele people often adorn posters and guidebooks to South Africa because of their dazzlingly painted traditional homesteads and colourful crafts. The Ndebele's vivid geometric designs and striking traditional clothing are amongst Africa’s most eye-catching, as you’ll discover when you visit one of Mpumalanga’s Ndebele villages.

The little town of Siyabuswa in Mpumalanga’s cultural heartland is home to the Kghodwana Cultural Village where you can follow the the last 1000 years of Ndebele history through to modern times. The people in this region are linguistically related to KwaZulu-Natal’s Zulu tribe and the Ndebele of Zimbabwe.

Did You Know?
TThe present Ndebele king, Makhoswonke ll, is one of South Africa’s six undisputed monarchs.

TTake a tour of the village; shop for stunning crafts such as bracelets, necklaces, mats woven from dry grass and beadwork-adorned gala blankets; visit one of the Royal Kraals and admire the heavy brass rings worn by married women around ankles and necks to display their wealth.

IIt's the Ndebele women who traditionally paint the vivid geometric designs of the homesteads, based on triangular and rectangular shapes. Skills are passed from mother to daughter, and the shapes used are often inspired by their intricately fashioned beadwork.


When to visit
How to get here

AAnother Ndebele village well worth a visit is situated at the beautifully restored Botshabelo Mission Station, where early South African Christians sought refuge and found education training from the mid-1800s. This Ndebele village is an open-air living museum of vibrant colour.

AAdmire the artwork of the huts, the glowing murals on internationally-acclaimed Ndebele artist, Esther Mahlangu’s family homestead, the beaded aprons of the little girls, the glowing colours of blankets and beadwork, and chat to the married women about their spectacular clothing.

Thirsty after all this sightseeing? Then pop over to the Loopspruit Wine Estate – South Africa’s northernmost vineyard – just across the road from the village.

Who to contact
How to get there
Best time to visit
Get around
Where to stay
What to eat
Best buys

Related articles

Explore South Africa while sowing the seeds of rural upliftment

Vibrant culture
Explore South Africa while sowing the seeds of rural upliftment

Have you heard of Agritourism? This is a category of tourism that provides visitors the opportunity to experience everyday life on working farms, ranches, wineries and agricultural industries.

From the roots of all humanity to a human story that inspired the world

Vibrant culture
From the roots of all humanity to a human story that inspired the world

While South Africa embodies our most ancient roots, we have evolved into an amazing mix of modern cultures.

South Africa and its jazz scene

Vibrant culture
South Africa and its jazz scene

Jazz fans from around the world appreciate the skill and vibrant talent of South African jazz musicians.

Take a break and relax in Pilgrim’s Rest

Vibrant culture
Take a break and relax in Pilgrim’s Rest

The village of Pilgrim’s Rest is a settlement lost in time.

South Africa on social media

Copyright © 2018 South African Tourism
|Terms and conditions|Disclaimer|Privacy policy