Besides the wonderful food Ma Betty also offers fun-filled traditional activities
to make your evening complete.
Dance and music
Traditional Xhosa dance and music performed by the Xhosa women.
Traditional Xhosa stories told by the Sangoma (traditional healer) accompanied
by Xhosa songs.
The traditional Xhosa wedding performance.
Cultural wedding ceremonies can also be arranged
Transport from tourist office to Cultural Village charged per person return.
Alternatively you use your own transport.
Bongolethu, meaning “our pride”, is one of the numerous impoverished townships
in South Africa that has been excluded from any significant socio-economic
development. Bongolethu township is in the Oudtshoorn district, Western Cape
and has been identified by the Department of Social Services as one of the
poorest communities in the Klein Karoo.
Tourism is the biggest job creator and income generating activity in Oudtshoorn.
Approximately 350 000 tourists visit Oudtshoorn annually but the community of
Bongolethu has had little benefit from tourism. During the apartheid era,
thousands of black people were removed a few kilometres outside Oudtshoorn and
currently 93% of these men, women and youth are unemployed. A lot of people make
a living from informal trading.
Ma Betty's Xhosa Cultural Village is one of the projects chosen by the Oudtshoorn
Tourism Bureau to develop tourism in Bongolethu. By enjoying this wonderful town
experience you are also contributing to the upliftment of this impoverished
The Xhosa people have been living in South Africa for over 1500 years and some still keep their traditions intact. The main population of Xhosa people is centralized in the Eastern and Western Cape provinces. Most of the Xhosa people were relocated by the apartheid government to townships like Bongolethu. Nelson Mandela is one of the most famous Xhosa people.