Chief Israel Ngobeni and his family host the Evening Festival, where choirs, actors and dancers gather to tell the story of the Shangana people.
As the sun sets over the mountains, guests are led by a guide through the bush towards the great Kraal of Chief Soshangana. As they approach, the beating of drums grows louder and warriors usher them through a passage of stone towers and flaming torches.
This is the great Kraal of Chief Soshangana, a dramatic fire-lit circle of royal huts under the boughs of ancient trees. Chief Israel Ngobeni and his family host the Evening Festival, where choirs, actors and dancers gather to tell the story of the Shangana people. It is a spectacular and moving experience, which shows the enormous talent of the people from this region. Halfway through the show, the wives of Chief Ngobeni invite guests to divide into small groups to share a traditional feast in their houses with them.
After this, guests return for the second half, which tells the more modern story of the Shanganas, and at the end guests are led out through a tunnel of singing choristers, back into their more familiar world.
The songs have been specially written by renowned Shangana musician Shalati Khosa, whose composition "Joy" was chosen as the alternative South African National Anthem in 1993. The show is choreographed by Cultural Director at Shangana, Canny Hlatshwayo, and has been described as South Africa's finest traditional event, and is held on selected evenings.
"Spine-tingling - like entering a sacred world"
Prior booking essential!
Start time: 17:00 (winter months)
17:15 (summer months)
Pax size: 25 - 220