traditional safari in South Africa will generally feature some kind of traditional entertainment in the form of song and dance. This is often provided at dinner time, outdoors in a traditional boma under the stars. Other types of cultural experiences offered by certain lodges (safari and nature lodges) might include storytelling, traditional food preparation or sharing of particular cultural traditions. Nowadays many luxury safari lodges place the emphasis on the contemporary rather than the traditional, but there are still several lodges that include some form of local culture or entertainment, sometimes only by special request and / or additional cost.

traditional entertainment on safari South Africa
Traditional entertainment is offered at Ivory Tree Game Lodge in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve in North-West province. The area is geologically fascinating and offers daily game drives on malaria-free territory. Mail us.
traditional entertainment on safari in South Africa
Stay at Zebra Country Lodge thirty minutes north-east of Pretoria and experience a Ndebele cultural village featuring Marimba band, interactive drumming, shebeen and curio shop. The lodge is set in a nature reserve bordering the Dinokeng Game Reserve and accommodates guests in three separate lodges. General game can be seen on guided nature drives. This is not, however, a Big Five game reserve and so the emphasis is not on wildlife viewing. Mail us.
traditional entertainment on safari in South Africa
The Entabeni Conservancy in the Waterberg of Limpopo is home to a traditional Pedi village where guests can experience some of the traditions and history of the Pedi people, as well as a rewarding wildlife experience in the Big Five conservancy. Game drives on open-topped vehicles take place twice daily. Accommodation is provided at several lodges, each in a different setting. Interactive drumming can also be arranged at Entabeni. Mail us.
traditional entertainment on safari in South Africa
Sabi Sabi’s special themed dinners include The African Sky theme: a boma dinner under the night sky enlivened by the music of local marimba players or entertainment by Shangaan dancers. Themed dinner entertainment is an additional charge over and above the normal rate. Sabi Sabi offers a choice of five-star lodges, all providing outstanding safaris in Mpumalanga’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Mail us.
traditional entertainment on safari in South Africa
Traditional dancers performing at Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park. Local Tsonga people also share their traditions with guests, and accommodation is in delightful circular African-styled suites. Mail us.
traditional entertainment on safari in South Africa
Staff wearing traditional fabrics at Motswari Private Game Reserve in the Timbavati Reserve in Limpopo. Subject to weather and dinner venue selected, Motswari sometimes provides traditional entertainment at dinner time. The lodge has been in operation for decades and offers a superb safari in a region where rare white lions are sometimes seen. Mail us.
traditional entertainment on safari in South Africa
Amakhosi Safari Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal periodically treats their guests to traditional song and dance during dinner at the fireside. It’s a wonderful way to conclude a day in the wilderness, after returning from the late afternoon / evening safari drive. Mail us.
Traditional entertainment at isibindi Zulu Lodge South Africa
Guests who spend two or more nights at Isibindi Zulu Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal enjoy a local cultural experience on one of their nights. Enjoy traditional Zulu dancing at a Zulu village and dinner in a boma under the stars. The lodge is situated in an eco reserve where guests can walk, picnic and enjoy nature drives with Isibindi’s guides. There are no dangerous predators in this reserve, which gives guests the freedom to be out and about in nature. Accommodation is in traditional beehive suites, situated high in the reserve with birds-eye views of rugged Zululand. Check availability and rates online.
traditional entertainment on safari in South Africa
Gold Restaurant in Green Point, Cape Town, is well known for its fabulous African cuisine and wonderful live entertainment during the meal. Musicians, singers, dancers and puppets are part of a most memorable evening. Call +27 21 421 4653 to book.

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