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Our South African culture, a fascinating experience

Actually, there is no single South African culture. South Africa is ethnically so diverse, that you will discover vast and exciting cultural differences when you visit our country.

No wonder that South Africa’s is often referred to as the Rainbow Nation. Our rainbow of cultures has to be lived, it has to be felt, the rainbow rhythm of Africa.

From modern art galleries to ancient rock art sites, from museums to cultural villages, from jazz clubs to open air festivals.

Some of the amazing variety of cultures and cultural elements that went into the blending process from which the new Rainbow Nation culture is evolving, are as follows;


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EDUCATION FESTIVALS
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PEOPLE RELIGION
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Young South African girl - South African culture
Young South African girl - South African culture
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Venues ranging from deep bush to outdoor theatres, from botanical gardens to night clubs and luxurious theatre complexes. These are some of the ways you can live, feel and experience our South African culture.

Take the ancient culture of the San and Khoi people and their ancestor’s heritage of rock and cave paintings, believed to date back thousands of years,…

Together with the cultures of the four main black ethnic groups, the Sotho people (North Sotho, South Sotho and Tswana), the Nguni people, (Zulu, Xhosa, Swazi and Ndebele), the Shangaan-Tsonga and the Venda people, each one having its own repertoire of myths, legends, traditions and history,…

And the cultures of the Afrikaner (Dutch origin) and English settlers, the Coloured people, the Indians and other migrants from Africa, Asia and Europe,…

Young students of South Africa’s rainbow generation - South African culture
Young students of South Africa’s rainbow generation - South African culture
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Put them all together, united by a sincere desire to see to it that the horrors and injustices of apartheid never happen again,…

Add a measure of the African Ubuntu philosophy “Mothoke motho ka batho ba bang” meaning “A person is a person through other people” or “I am because we are “. People are what they are through other people” and therefore they need each other and have to work together.

Schoolchildren, the new generation of South Africa - South African culture
Schoolchildren, the new generation of South Africa - South African culture
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And see, from this kaleidoscope of cultures, something new is being born. A dynamic blending of age-old customs and modern ways, a mix of cultures and a cross-pollination of ideas, words, customs and art forms as well as of culinary and religious practices.

Yes, You are standing at the cradle of South Africa’s very own Rainbow Culture. Do not miss it. Come and explore our cultural richness.






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