Africa Deluxe Tours Meeting the 'chief'

Shangana Cultural Village

The Shangana Cultural Village is located about 4km (2.5mi) west of Hazyview on the Graskop road. Cultural Villages are commercial enterprises that endeavour to represent the traditional version of life of particular ethnic or language groups.

Shangana’s primary focus is on the Shangaan language group, a sub-group of the larger collection of Tsonga people. The language falls within the Nguni group of languages and as such is related to Zulu, amongst others.

A Shangaan guide welcomes visitors and guides them through the village. Along the way you are introduced to Shangaan history, customs and crafts. You’ll be introduced to the village’s Sangoma (traditional healer) and will have the option of snapping a photograph with the ‘chief’. The longer tour options also include a meal featuring traditional dishes, as well as a traditional dances. Day tour options range from 60-100 minutes, with the main evening tour - that includes dinner and a full programme of traditional dances - lasting three hours.

Marula Market is located on the premises of Shangana and host Shangaan artists from the region who display their arts and crafts at the venue. It is highly rated for the quality and variety of items on sale.

Tours that include Shangana Cultural Village

Elephants at a Kruger National Park waterhole.

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: ****
Price: R12,540 per person sharing (±US$ 904 )
R2,425 single supplement (±US$ 174 )

Valid dates: Nov 2014 - Oct 2015

Our 4 Day Kruger Wildlife & Mountain Scenery Scheduled Tour departs from Johannesburg and lets you explore the Panorama Route, interact with elephants at Elephant Whispers, visit Shangana Cultural Village, view wildlife in the Kruger National Park, as well as Mthethomusha and go in search of wild horses at Kaapsehoop.

Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Elephant Whispers , Shangana Cultural Village , Mthethomusha Game Reserve , Kaapsehoop .

Shangana Cultural Village attractions

Sun Catchers Hot Air Ballooning operate flights over the Lowveld from Hoedspruit and Hazyview.


Hazyview is a small town in Mpumalanga's Lowveld region en-route to the main gate of the Kruger National Park. Although the greater Hazyview region is beautiful and does justify the poetic name, the town itself is rather drab..

A lioness in South Africa's Kruger National Park.

Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park in South Africa is internationally renowned as a world leader in conservation policies, practices and techniques. This Park stretches over 20 000 square kilometers (2 million hectares) and is home to an incredible variety of plant, bird and animal species, including the “big five” (elephant, lion, rhinoceros, leopard and buffalo).

Visitors at Elephant Whispers, together with elephant handlers, get to ride the elephants.

Elephant Whispers

Elephant Whispers is situated near Hazyview on the banks of the Sabie River. It offers the opportunity for direct “face to face’ encounters with these magnificent animals. It gives the opportunity to touch elephants and to get a feel of their inquisitive sensitive trunks. An elephant back bush ride can be arranged for a limited number of guests.