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Tourism: Shishangeni by BON Hotels Introduces Village Tours

Shishangeni by BON Hotels has added introduced Village Tours for tourists to get the opportunity to mingle with the community, learn about their culture and even meet a Sangoma.

When you are not embarking on a game drive or taking a guided walk through the bush, you could try for something more cultural and experiential and go on a village tour to Orlando to meet the Swati and Tsonga tribes.

The tour allows tourists to slip unnoticed into a day in the lives of the locals, whilst tapping into their extraordinary charm and cheerfulness that is so much a part of these settlements – a truly memorable and interesting experience, especially for those coming from abroad.

The Orlando community is made up of Swati and Tsonga tribes - the Tsonga are a diverse people, generally including the Shangaan, Thonga, Tonga, and several smaller ethnic groups.

Visitors will learn about the villages’ family structures, beliefs, social and cultural life, the history, music and dance.

The highlight of the Village Tour is a demonstration by a Sangoma who will throw her bones and various objects, the names of which she will share with tourists and how the way the bones fall enables him/her to see into the spiritual realm.

Guests can book at reception for a two-hour tour at a cost of R500 per person, which includes transport, guide, beverages and a snack.

Located on a private concession within the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, South Africa, Shishangeni by BON Hotels offers unforgettable African safaris that evoke mystery, wonder and adventure.

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