Ways to Experience Xhosa Culture in South Africa

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Roughly 8 million Xhosa people live in South Africa, where their language—which includes some intriguing clicks—is the second-most common tongue. Here are some of the best ways to experience Xhosa culture and learn more about this Bantu ethnic group.

Enjoy traditional storytelling and dance at five traditional villages—Xhosa, Zulu, Basotho, Pedi, and Ndebele—at the Lesedi Cultural Village just outside Johannesburg.
Delve into the apartheid history of the Xhosa, who were denied citizenship and forced to relocate, on a guided history tour of Cape Town.
Visit the home of Nelson Mandela, who played a crucial role in the South African quest for freedom and was one of the most famous members of the Xhosa tribe.
Learn about the forceful removal of Xhosa residents during apartheid at Cape Town’s District Six Museum.
Explore Knysna Township, a peaceful Xhosa community where you’ll meet residents face to face, taste traditional Xhosa beer, and learn about day-to day life and traditional practices.
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