Ndebele Cultural Village

Mapoch Ndebele Village is a unique place as the community still live and practice their traditional way of life, i.e traditional ceremonies, Ndebele paintings, beadwork and Ndebele culture in general.

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The Ndebele Village of “Mapoch” is situated 40 km outside Pretoria. The village inhabitants still live in a traditional manner and practice their time-old customs, despite the influence of modernisation.

The village is relatively un-commercialised and you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself and experience life from a unique perspective.

The original community of Mapoch lived in an area called Wonderboom in Pretoria. They were living on a farm of a certain white farmer. This community was evicted from Pretoria during the early 1950’s. Apparently the farmer petitioned to the government of the time, to have the community removed from “his” land as tourists were travelling through “his” land to visit the community. Blacks were forcibly removed from traditional settlements to make way for white communities under Apartheid policies.

This community was first moved to “Vlakfontein”, where it was found that there was not enough land for their cattle to graze, no rivers nearby and no space suitable to hold the traditional initiation schools, amongst other factors. The community petitioned and more suitable land was found for them. The Mapoch Ndebele Community then moved to a farm at Klipgat under the authority of Mr Speelman Buhlakani Msiza (Chief) in 1953. The current village was built and life goes on as usual. 

Mapoch Ndebele Village is a unique place as the community still live and practice their traditional way of life, i.e traditional ceremonies, Ndebele paintings, beadwork and Ndebele culture in general


  • Meeting the Ndebele tribe
  • Cultural beading & dancing 
  • Ndebele food


Lodge information

Zebra Mountain Lodge: 26 Luxury Rooms

Zebra Stables: 20 Luxury Rooms

Zebra Bush Lodge: 15 En-suite Rooms

Wheelchair friendly rooms

Zebra Mountain Lodge: Room 24 & 26

Zebra Stables: Room 111 & 114

Zebra Bush Lodge: Cabin 3

Room Inclusions

  • En suite Bathrooms
  • Remote Control Television (SABC, M-Net, Super Sport and DSTV, Movie Magic & Discovery)
  • ISDN Dial Telephones
  • Hair Dryer
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Adapter Plugs on Request
  • Daily Serviced Rooms
  • Mini Bar Fridges – stocked on request
  • Air-conditioning

Lodge Services

  • Fully Licensed Bar & Restaurants
  • Same Day Laundry Service
  • Secretarial & Business Centre Services
  • E-mail & Internet Access
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Secure Undercover Parking
  • Porter Service
  • Baby Sitting Service
  • Fully Equipped Conference Venues
  • Conferencing for 300 Day Delegates
  • Boma Area and Private Bush Dinners
  • Wi-Fi Zone: Please note that Zebra Country Lodge can only provide 1Mbps Telkom Internet via Diginet and distributed on the property with Wi-Fi in the Conference and Public Areas. There is also 3g MTN cellphone signal & data available, but signal may be erratic at times.

Lodge Attractions

  • Ndebele Cultural Village & Curio Shop
  • Sunset Nature Drives in Open Vehicles
  • Birding Safaris
  • Bush Walks & Hiking
  • Outdoor Chess
  • Pool Table
  • Volleyball Court
  • 3 Swimming Pools


It’s always better to enjoy family times in a Malaria free zone, and Zebra Lodge offers just that. Children of all ages are welcome at Zebra Lodge. They can share accommodation with their parents – extra beds are available on request. Children under the age of 12 pay 50% of the adult rate; children under the age of 2 stay free of charge.

Children under the age of 16 are not permitted on the walking safaris for safety reasons, but there are shorter guided tours around the circumference of the camp for them.


What’s included

Transport to & from the village 

What do I need to bring

  • Camera 
  • Hat & sunglasses

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