Lesedi

Journal Entry for May 21st continued:

In the afternoon, we all boarded the bus to travel to Lesedi.  Known as “the place of light”, Lesedi is a crossroads of the many different South African tribal cultures.  After a quick trip to the gift shop, we saw a wonderful presentation about the history and culture of these ethnic groups.  When the video ended, we were led on a tour through the villages of the Zulu, Pedi, Xhosa, Basotho and Ndebele people.  We greeted the Zulu warriors at the gate of their village and spit on rocks for good luck.  We saw the beautiful colors of the Ndebele huts and peaceful ways of the Basotho tribe.  After visiting the Pedi people dressed in kilts, we made our way to the Xhosa village, home to the national hero Nelson Mandela.  Of course, our cultural journey through time would not have been complete without a handful of mopani worms—high and protein and nice and salty!  The night ended with a stunning dance show from all the different cultures represented in “the rainbow nation.”  When the show ended, we sat down to a delicious meal of venison, bush meat, outrage, and crocodile.  It tasted like chicken!

Lesedi Welcome Sign

Lady Weaving

Delicacy

Ummmmmgood

Eating worms at Lesedi

Native Dress

Native Dress

Finale