Kmahlanga, originally built as the administrative centre for the Ndebele local government, is revered as the spiritual centre of the Ndebele tribe who settled here during the early 1700s. Traditional Ndebele houses painted in vibrant colours and decorated with geometrical designs and patterns welcome the visitor to this typically Ndebele village. The patterns and colour all have symbolic meanings and are echoed in the traditional clothing of the inhabitants. The Ndebele’s artwork has gained international recognition and various traditional villages all over the province allow visitors a glimpse into their lives.

Culture/Community Tourism

Ndzundza Mabhoko Royal Kraal: A visit to Ndzundza Mabhoko Royal Kraal, an honour not to be taken lightly, will broaden your knowledge of the Ndebele culture. The leader of the Ndebele tribe is a descendant of the famous nineteenth-century King Mabhoko. The royal kraal may be visited by appointment only and visitors are requested to observe certain cultural procedures.

Fauna And Flora

Mdala Nature Reserve: The sandy Bushveld vegetation of the 8 000-ha Mdala Nature Reserve is ideal for antelope, hyena and leopard-viewing. Be sure to pay a visit to the walk-in aviary and the snake enclosure.

Mkhombo Nature Reserve: Part of the Mkhombo Nature Reserve lies in Kalahari thornveld. The reserve is inhabited by several different types of animals and conditions are excellent for angling and bird-watching.

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