Experience the authentic traditional Ndebele way of life at the Mapoch Ndebele Village. Located only 90 minutes from Da Village Villas.
One of the few authentic Ndebele villages left in South Africa is The Mapoch Ndebele Village. The Nguni people of the Ndebele village still live in a traditional manner and practice their age-old customs, despite the pressure from modernisation. Additionally, all the infrastructure is painted in colourful geometric Ndebele patterns. However, the art form has since evolved to incorporate modern and patriotic elements like telephones and the South African National Flag.
The History of the Mapoch Ndebele Village and Its People
The attraction to the Mapoch Ndebele Village lies in the authentic Ndebele traditional way of life. Therefore, culture and history ooze from all corners and facets of the village. The Ndebele traditional attire adorned by the community to the age-old beadwork. Additionally, traditional ceremonies are both practised and respected by the Ndebele tribe. Lastly, their spiritual connectedness to nature and one another is so deeply entrenched within their way of life, culture and Ndebele songs. The Ndebele people are mostly peaceful, friendly and humble in nature.
Symbolism and Culture Intertwined
The Ndebele culture is famous for its colourful geometric murals. Therefore, Ndebele patterns dawn the entire village. What’s more, there is a deep cultural significance to this aesthetic. The Ndebele murals are all done by the women of the Ndebele people, this tradition is passed on from mother to daughter. However, all the women have their own Ndebele clan names. Therefore, their own style and method; that’s why each and every Ndebele art and design is unique.
However, the Ndebele have a joined knowledge base about the symbolism of certain objects in their murals. The razor blade pattern symbolizes the importance of the razor in the creation of their beadwork, traditional hair shavings and male circumcision. Lastly, the “Ndebele flower” symbolizes a women’s fertility.
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What to do at The Mapoch Ndebele Village
- Guided walking tours
- Guided cycling tours
- Greater Community Upliftment projects tours
- Tswaing Meteorite Crater
- Ndebele beading lessons
- Ndebele dance group performance with Ndebele songs
- Visiting the local Sangoma (traditional healer/counsellor)
- Indulging in Ndebele food and traditional meals
Da Village Villas offers a variety of accommodation options to suit your specific needs. While visiting the Mapoch Ndebele Village or one of the many attraction sites surrounding us KwaMhlanga. We would love to host you and your party! Book Today for an affordable and luxurious stay!