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Basotho Cultural Village, Phutatijaba, Eastern Free State.

Basotho Cultural Village, Phutatijaba, Eastern Free State.  A visit will give you a deeper insight into the lifestyle of the South Sotho from the 16th century onwards. On arrival, you are shown an introductory video on the construction of the museum. The decoration of huts, weaving of baskets, crushing of maize and traditional dances are illustrated. The tour commences with the village chief (Kotla), as one cannot enter the village without first receiving his permission.  He offers you a sip of Sotho beer as a token of his hospitality and you may want to participate in a traditional game of maraba-rapa. The Ngaka (the chief’s bonethrower) gives one a glimpse into the future by throwing the bones. In the houses of the first and second wives one can enjoy mohoto (porridge made from sorghum) and dipadi (ground toasted maize to which salt and sugar are added). Interesting utensils and colourful decorations are discussed and explained. Features include:

•    Self-catering chalets
•    Open air museum
•    African curios
•    Traditional food and music
•    Tea garden
•    Herb route, where a guide will show you some medicinal plants in the area.
•    Song, dance and music

Phutatijaba is on the R57 southeast of Kestell, which is on the N5 east of Bethlehem, which is on the N5 west of Harrismith, which is at the intersection of the N3 with the N5. On the R712 from Qwa Qwa to Golden Gate. AABasotho

Contct:            Private Bag X826 Witsieshoek 9870
+27 (58) 721 0300 telephone
+27 (58) 721 0304 fax

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Last update: 2009-06-09 20:31
Author: Alan McIver
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