The Bahurutshe Cultural Village
Botswana may be known for its wildlife and safari adventures, The Okavango Delta and the famous Chobe region, where visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to what to do and what to see, but another thing Botswana is proud of is its culture. Botswana has a rich cultural history and traditions that go back in time for centuries. The best place to experience the Tswana’s unique way of life is at the Bahurutshe Cultural Village.
The Bahurutshe Village is 35km from Gaborone in the heart of the hills of Mmankgodi, which are well-known for their concentration of rocky and forest lands. The Bahurutshe Cultural Lodge provides an authentic Setswana experience with an innovative cultural village, camping grounds and chalets designed to resemble African huts with genuine decorated mud walls, stone floors and thatch roofs. Visitors are greeted and bid farewell with the trademark Setswana ululations.
The Bahurutshe Cultural Village opened in 2005 with the aim of preserving the Bahurutshe customs. A tour of the village gives you a glimpse into how the people of Botswana have lived for generations. The Cultural Village Experience showcases Setswana traditional life and guests can enjoy the staff’s re-enactment of Ntlo Ya Mathibelelo, a traditional Setswana wedding.
Apart from traditional music and dance, traditional food tasting and a bush braai, visitors can learn more about the Setswana culture with lectures and interactive classes and activities around the Kgotla, the political seat of the tribal chief, known as the Kgosi, from where he presides over his people. As Botswana is a patriarchal society, women are not allowed to enter the Kgotla unless they have a case to answer to.
The lodge also hosts traditional festivals every year. Letlhafula is a traditional food festival, which offers a lot more than just food, held in early April. The Letlhafula festival has been going since 2000 and is now so popular that tickets are sold out days in advance. The Dikgafela Festival is held in the first week of August. The festival is meant to appease the heavens to release the rains. With traditional dancing, rain songs and traditional beer, Dikgafela is a celebration of the harvest in effort of their crops.
Bahurutshe Cultural Village is for the people who want more than the African safari adventure and want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city of Gaborone, the people who want to immerse themselves in the Setswana way, escaping their own lives for a few days and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience of living the life that the Setswana have lived for generations long before us.