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“Xhosa Cultural Experience”

Khaya La Bantu Cultural Village
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
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“Xhosa Cultural Experience”
Reviewed 9 January 2014

We were received by George and immediately made to feel welcome and comfortable in a rural environment.

We received a traditional Xhosa welcome with song and dancing. The meaning of each song and crossing over a red blanket was explained.

The men were allowed into the kraal, (women stood outside) the place where the cattle are kept at night and all major meetings are help. Meetings to negotiate 'labola' - the price of a bride, the wedding ceremony, celebration of the birth of a new member of the clan and any other important events.

The celebrations are accompanied by the slaughter of an ox or goat and the consumption of copious amounts of home brewed traditional beer, which intensifies over seven days to give a mighty kick.

The men were then taken to place were teenage boys are circumcised and coached to manhood. The women were taken to the place where young girls are coached to womanhood.

The tour then moved to the communal 'kitchen' where our lunch was being prepared. The preparation of the traditional meals was demonstrated before we moved to the dining area where the meal - pot bread, lamb stew, beans & samp (crushed corn kernels), pumpkin and wild spinach was served.

After the meal we were treated to more singing and dancing.

The presenters were members of the clan and residents at the traditional village. The experience was authentic with many cultural details being were shared.

As a South African the experience has helped me to better understand the Xhosa people and appreciate their culture. Many misconceptions about their culture have accumulated over the years of working with them, but this visit has put them right and I am grateful for the vision of Michael and George.

I can confidently recommend a visit to the Kaya La Bantu Cultural Village to both tourists and local residents.

Visited December 2013
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Chicago, Illinois, Usa
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“An Enjoyable And Interesting Experience”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

My wife and I are Americans and we enjoyed our two night stay in the guest house for the Khaya La Bantu Cultural Village. This guest house and cultural village are situated on a working cattle ranch. The Xhosa village came with the cattle ranch.

The guest house rooms and bathroom were comfortable. Michael Corbet was an excellent host with two wonderful boer boel dogs.

During our first evening, we experienced an enjoyable and interesting evening with a Xhosa family that shared some of their traditions. These festivities took place in their round house. The family talked about their traditions and sang and danced their xHosa songs and dances. Following these festivities, we ate a traditional Xhosa meal with the family.

After our Xhosa visit was complete, we were driven back to the guest house to sleep. The next morning Michael prepared our favorite breakfast that I had in South Africa. Following breakfast, Michael was our tour guide for the day. Michael provided us with a flavor of the Wild Coast by showing us some coastal towns like Morgan Bay and interesting places like The Bushpig Pub & Restaurant in Kei Mouth.

We ended the day with an excellent home cooked dinner prepared by Michael.

The next morning we needed to get up early and catch a flight from East London to Johannesburg. Michael prepared another wonderful breakfast for us and prepared a snack for the plane ride.

For those traveling from Port Elizabeth to East London to get to this village, my recommendation is to take the R72 between Port Elizabeth to East London until the major road work on the N2 highway between Port Elizabeth and East London is complete.

Visited October 2013
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