The beautiful traditional villages of Shangana are owned by the Mapulana community, who present their traditional way of life. By supporting Shangana, you are supporting over 100 jobs in a rural area. Shangana is just 5km from Hazyview, between the Kruger Park and Panorama Route. The Marula Market forms the centre of Shangana, the region’s leading market for local craft and curios – all at the best ‘Shangaan prices’. The picturesque setting and traditional huts make it an excellent reception and welcome area for guests arriving for tours, with individually decorated bathrooms and refreshments available.
During the day, tours are led by trained guides along a winding path through the bush and past fields where crops are grown. After gaining permission, guests enter a living village where they meet the resident Shangaan family and learn aspects of history, customs and traditions. Guests are encouraged to interact and really experience the way of life. The tour then proceeds to the mystical kraal of the sangoma (traditional healer) to learn about traditional medicines, before returning to the Marula Market.
A full traditional lunch is served in the village with the family – an intimate and unforgettable experience. The menu includes honey-glazed sweet potatoes, freshly baked maize bread, beef pot-roast, wild spinach with ground peanuts and other traditional dishes..
Famous Shangaan dancing can be arranged…This magnificent show with a cast of some choir members, actors and dancers tells the story of the Shangaan nation. The show is mesmerizing – colourful, varied, moving and entertaining.
Time: Depart from lodge at 9h30am. Arrive back at lodge either before game drive.
Includes: Entrance fees per person, return transfers from and to Sausage Tree, lunch, services of a professional tour guide and touring in luxury air-conditioned vehicle.