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Nyani – The living story continues


Heidi Lee Smith


HOEDSPRUIT – ‘No visit to the Kruger to Canyons area is complete without a visit to Nyani Cultural Village’, I have said this before and I have to say it again.

Nyani Cultural Village is rich in colour and culture and should not be missed.

On arrival at the village you will be greeted by the Roots of Rhythm Dance Group. Their 45 minute dance and drumming cultural show will transport you into the world that is Africa, with a dramatic presentation of tribe versus environment in their newest show, choreographed by Maureen Lahoud.

If you are looking for a superb African entertainment experience Nyani will expose you to the authentic history and culture of our local African tribes. Here visitors get to meet the Shangaan people and experience their traditional way of life firsthand.

Visitors learn about the architecture, agriculture, family duties and the customs of the Shangaan people. Interaction and hands on participation are encouraged as guests discover how the villages are built, the maize is ground, the boys pass initiation, the girls learn to bead and grow crops. You will be taken through traditional practices from birth, through childhood and on to marriage. You can also be sure that the experience you have is authentic as the people living in the village are all Shangaans.


Nyani Cultural Village is located at the Eco Academy, 25km from Hoedspruit town on the R40 road.

A traditional African lunch (on request) is also available and the tour programme is flexible to accommodate specific tour programmes and groups.

For more information on Nyani Cultural Village, contact Maureen Lahoud on 083 785 5354 or send an email to or