"Nyani Cultural Village & Roots of Rhythm" - Tribal Dance & Drum


  • The pounding of the drum
  • The rhythm of the dance
  • The songs we sing
  • The stories we tell.

    The history and culture of the African tribes comes to life at Nyani Cultural Village.

    This new cultural attraction in Hoedspruit is an ideal destination for visitors and learners of all ages, with the program modified to suit all age groups in terms of content and duration.

    The experience starts with a tour of our traditional Shangaan village. Here we learn about the architecture, the agriculture, family duties and the customs of the Shangaan people. Interaction and hands on participation are encouraged as guests discover how the huts are built, the maize is ground, the boys pass initiation, the girls learn to bead and more. The second phase to the project was completed in September 2013 with the building of a “Living Cultural Village” where the performers take you on a journey through the stages of life in a Shangaan homestead (Muti). We learn about traditional practices from birth, through childhood up to marriage, after which a delicious lunch will be prepared and served in the typical African style, after the theatre show.

    Following the village tour (approximately 45 minutes), the group is led up to our boma theatre to experience our original show “Limpopo Pathways” featuring the costumes, songs and dances of the San (Bushmen), the Shona & Venda, the Tsonga, the Balobedu (Modjadji the Rain Queen), the Pedi and the BaHananawa (Tswana). We also include the Swati and Zulu dances as these tribes played an influential part in the history of the Limpopo.

    The hour long theatre show is designed as an entertainment and educational tool telling the story of the origins, journeys and lifestyles of the tribes that settled in the Limpopo. Presented in a natural setting, under the thatch roof open air Boma theatre, the show is an exciting venture following the pathways of the tribes from the past to the present.

    Tour Operators and Lodges

    Roots of Rhythm Show Group was established in 2008. Team members are all local residents from the rural areas in and around Acornhoek, who have been trained in singing, dancing, drumming and dramatic performance.
    The Eco Academy is the host venue for the beautiful Shangaan village and the outdoor theatre. The Academy is a safe and clean training centre providing eco and wildlife education to local and International students, focusing on anti poaching, conservation and lodge management.   Conservation of our Heritage goes hand in hand with Conservation of Nature & our Environment.

    Just 25 km from Hoedspruit, a visit to the Kruger National Park area is incomplete without a visit to Nyani Village & the Cultural Experience “Roots of Rhythm” Tribal show. In an informative and entertaining way, Roots of Rhythm performers provide visitors with a better understanding of the rich cultural background of the Limpopo Tribes, identifying the history and traditions of the indigenous people through costumes, dance styles and rhythms.


    Roots of Rhythm offers a unique Lunch time experience where guests can share the excitement and warmth of true rural African culture BETWEEN GAME DRIVES or BEFORE / AFTER A VISIT TO MOHOLOHOLO OR THE ENDANGERED WILD LIFE CENTER (CHEETAH PROJECT) close by.
    The program is flexible but currently runs as follows: 11h00 “Nyani Village” Tour
    12h15 “Limpopo Pathways” Tribal Show
    13h15 Traditional African Lunch
    14h00 Repeat “Nyani Village” Tour


    We prepare a typical African meal ON REQUEST for groups of 10 or more
    Refreshments are available from the tuck shop. Clean Toilet facility available
    Wheelchair friendly

    Evening shows:

    Contact us directly to negotiate a suitable price for an evening of exclusive entertainment at your lodge. Available for Weddings, Special Events, Corporate Groups and Celebrations
    Choir or dance show groups are available.
    Cost of the taxi transfer for the group depends on distance from Acornhoek.

    From Hoedspruit, follow the R40 past Kapama and the Cheetah Project. Turn left at the Gurnsey Road, drive through the security gate. Pass the Klaserie dam turn off and 1.7km further you will find the ECO RANGER GROUP on the left hand side.