Cultural Diversity in Mpumalanga


Mpumalanga, known as the place of the rising sun, offers locals and tourists alike an exceptional space to explore, both in landscape and in the people who call it home. We have an eclectic mix of vibrant cultures from amaSwati, Ndebele to Shangaan. Mpumalanga is a melting pot of cultural traditions you’ll want to start exploring!

As you make your way across our province, you’ll be welcomed with various cultural and traditional heritage attractions. Hindu’s made their way to Mpumalanga over 40 000 years ago, building temples in the lush landscape and astronomical observatories in the mountains. The San and Koi-San people left creative drawings in rock art in the caves that you’ll discover, and the Ndebele tribe and their colourful geometric patterns will show you a whole new meaning to living with colour.

So if it’s a cultural trip you’re looking for, look no further than an escape to Mpumalanga…let’s begin to take you on a tour…


Matsamo Cultural Village

This village will give you some insight into the traditions and culture of the Matsamo people. The Swazi people are renowned for their traditional events, particularly the Incwala and Umhlanga. Their colourful attire, red feathers, multi-coloured beaded necklaces are a sight to be seen.  They are also often seen carrying shields!

As a guest you will be taken on guided tours to learn about the Swazi traditions and customs.

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Shabalala Interpretation Centre

The Shabalala Interpretation of Culture Centre provides visitors with a unique immersive cultural experience where they are taught the traditions & customs of the Swazi people. If you’re a lover of dancing and moving your body, this one's for you…Traditional African dance is a form of self-expression & a statement of art, grace and culture. Experience African culture at its best.

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Adam’s Calendar (Heritage Site)

Adam’s Calendar is a uniquely beautiful series of stones believed to be the oldest man-made structure on earth, and it lies within the heart of Mpumalanga! This stone ring was first brought to public attention in 2003 by the South African bush pilot, Johan Heine.

Research shows that these ancient stone structures are likely more than 75 000 years old & are remains of astronomical observatories and ancient religious temples.

If we’ve whet your appetite in search of something more cultural, a learning focused adventure, visit our website to see what other options you could add to your journey through Mpumalanga.

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