Homestay Africa Soweto to Kruger Park

Homestay Africa Soweto to Kruger Park

Homestay Africa Soweto to Kruger Park, Taste of Africa celebrates ten years of successful contribution to homestay;

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Homestay Africa Soweto to Kruger Park, living at home with a local family, is possible, in most parts of where you would like to travel, to experience, the magic of Africa.

Sorry, it is possible to enjoy this with the elite, in the suburbs, but not as easily achieved.

Taste of Africa, has provided shack accommodation in Soweto from late 2004, and Homestay would be no different.

Nettie and I embarked on this proves on December 26, 2005, starting in the Matiyani Village, where we have our home today, 

Homestay Africa; Matiyani, Cedric & Netties new home,
Homestay Africa,Matiyani, Cedric & Netties new home,

and keeping close to the Kruger National Park, we ended up in St Lucia, where we met Marrah.

On February 21, 2006, a Swiss couple, spent three nights with us in our shack, having not booked their next holiday stop, I was able to sell the Zulu Village, homestay opportunity with Marrah.

They departed on the City to City bus, and Marrah arranged to have them collected in Richards Bay.

Homestay Africa Soweto to Kruger Park:

Today, we celebrate ten years of Homestay Africa Soweto to Kruger Park, without needing to hide behind the high security fences, we have never had any security issue.  

Homestay Africs, our first guests that we hosted in a KZN Village, 24 February 2006
Homestay Africa, our first guests that we hosted in a KZN Village, 24 February 2006 

YOUR HOME-STAY AFRICA SOWETO TO KRUGER PARK, –   INTRODUCTION:

Your most important part of the visit is the introduction.

In African Culture introductions include where you are from, who your parents are, your children and all other relevant aspects.

Often the lengthy introduction builds the relationship through common interests or family structures.

Homestay Africa, mainly double beds
Homestay Africa, mainly double beds
And in the more rural villages, single foam mattresses.

Kitchens can be modern;

24 hours in Soweto, a typical kitchen
24 hours in Soweto, a typical kitchen

Or, in the more rural villages, ‘cooking down’ by the fire:

Homestay Africa, cooking down in many rural villages
Homestay Africa, cooking down in many rural villages

Most important NOTICE:

Soweto generally has pretty good facilities, however, they will be shared by you and the family.

In the Villages the accommodation is more traditional.

You room may be in the house, or one of the outside rooms. The toilet / bathroom facility may be inside or outside. 

In the Village your toilet will more than likely be the ‘pit toilet’;

Homestay Africa, the pit-toilet
Homestay Africa, the pit-toilet

Talk to the hosts about how you access them.

The rooms all have double beds, and the hostess is paid R 200 for the room for the night. If you do not wish to share the double bed, we will provide the room as a single, at an additional R 100. 

Washing / bathing in Soweto takes place may in the traditional bath, or, in other areas by using the plastic bath / dish. 

See where the water comes from and whether you can assist in collecting the water.

We make every effort to accommodate you on a rotational basis, however, if you wish to ensure that you do get one of the more comfortable homes, please let us know, at and additional R 100 per person, which will go into a community kitty for all the mothers, we will allow you the choice for a ‘better’ room.

Where we are hosting groups, the group leader must distribute the group according to their understanding of the group, any special requirements, let us know in advance. Should you be in the position to provide us with the names of those who wish to share, 2 pax and 4 pax, we will allocate hostess in advance, reducing your settling time drastically.

Nettie and I have great fun when bathing in the Village
Nettie and I have great fun when bathing in the Village MEALS:

HOMESTAY AFRICA SOWETO TO KRUGER PARK  –  MEALS

Our arrangement is that the host cooks their normal planned meal and just adds to the pot to cater for you.

If you have any diet restrictions please tell the hostess.

The family often does not have the same daily clock that you have, so if hungry at night, do not be afraid to talk, and please make sure they know what time you want your breakfast, coffee or bath.

For groups we will arrange a meal at a local shebeen, or one of the mothers who can cater, with music and magic.

In order to give the visitor the magic vibe, the night includes the provision for the hostesses to join you for the meal. 

Any refreshments that the hostesses may have access to, is not included. 

Beer is freely available at community ‘shebeens’, and should the group wish Taste of Africa to source wine for the group, please order in advance.

Homestay Africa, possible breakfast
Homestay Africa, possible breakfast

Homestay Africa Soweto to Kruger Park, the magic of Africa

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Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour Susquehanna University day 4

Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour Susquehanna University day 4

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As part of the Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour, we start our visit to South Africa in the Zulu Village, adjacent to the Blood River Monument, and Ncome Museum, where the battle of Blood River took place on December 16, 1838.

This exposes the visitor to two very different interpretations of the events that took place during the battle,

I have very personal views on these interpretations, and have become of the opinion that December 16, should not have been used as the ‘Day of Reconciliation’, for all South Africans, we first need to reconcile, the differing interpretations, the financial and political issues, that still keep the gates to the symbolic bridge closed.

Chief Molefe of the Mkonjane Tribal Authority, have been in talks about how we can contribute to finding a solution. 

Our day starts with a visit to the Ncome Museum, and then we visit the Blood River Monuments.

Our Intercultural Exchange with the flavour of the Big 5, reflects on the separations that still exist in our country.
Our Intercultural Exchange with the flavour of the Big 5, reflects on the separations that still exist in our country.
The bronzed wagons symbolise the wagon laager used by the boers as shelter in this battle, also, a traditional form of protection during their trekking.
The bronzed wagons symbolise the wagon laager used by the boers as shelter in this battle, also, a traditional form of protection during their trekking.

Intercultural Exchange with the Big 5 flavour, takes us to the schools;

A visit to a Primary school,only 1 of the 4 scheduled for the day, but a delegation of students and professors, has undertaken to finalize the other schools on day 5

Intercultural Exchange with the Big 5 flavour, motivates the group to participate in the traditional dancing.
Intercultural Exchange with the Big 5 flavour, motivates the group to participate in the traditional dancing.
Intercultural Exchange with the Big 5 flavour, motivates the group to participate in the traditional dancing.
Intercultural Exchange with the Big 5 flavour, motivates the group to participate in the traditional dancing.

We then have a return visit to the Velaphansi Secondary School, where the students displayed their dancing much to the enjoyment and the appreciation of the scholars, and educators.

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Lunch is enjoyed at the school, and supper at the Nguni Clan again.

By this stage, I am convinced that I failed the group by not succeeding to have most meals with the family, a challenge that I will ensure that I address when we return.

Cedric

Day 5, coming soon:

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Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour Susquehanna University day 3

Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour Susquehanna University day 3

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Morning 3, the young men took the cattle out to the dip, and the young ladies contributed to the daily chores, before breakfast, this is intercultural exchange with big 5 flavour, at its best, even if they were working with cattle.

The majority of the group attended morning service at the local Anglican Church, and Cedric regrets not going them, they all reported a wonderful experience, the congregation loved their participation. 

Lunch was enjoyed in Benjamin and Thembi’s garden, and as the guests departed, the families, first the men, then the woman, and children, followed to enjoy the lunch.

Lunch served in Benjamin and Thembi's garden.
Lunch served in Benjamin and Thembi’s garden.
Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour, served Sheep Head, pumpkin and sweet potato.
Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour, served Sheep Head, pumpkin and sweet potato.

Following the lunch the group join the community for an afternoon of traditional dancing.

This year, the community, combined men, woman, and children, danced as a unit:

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Intercultural Exchange with the Big 5 flavour;

As we are hosted to another communal supper, a braai by Cyprian Nguni’s Clan, Cedric asks himself whether he has failed to achieve the Intercultural Exchange that he wished to achieve?

A question for one of the group to answer?

Communal Supper with the Nguni Clan.
Communal Supper with the Nguni Clan.
Communal Supper with the Nguni Clan.
Communal Supper with the Nguni Clan.

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Cedric

Day, 4, coming soon;

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Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour Susquehanna University day 2

Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour Susquehanna University day 2

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Morning 2, of the Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour, Susquehanna University day 2, was an early breakfast with the host families, and once again, lengthy, emotional good-byes, leaving by 07:30, as we head for Nqutu, in Kzn.

As part of Taste of Africa’s support for the communities participating in our #InterculturalExchange visit, we schedule to have lunch at Thembi, Mbatha’s roadside kitchen. Thembi is one of the Mkonjane Village home-stay hostesses, in particular, our sister, where Nettie & I sleep whenever we visit the Village.   

Lunch at a roadside kitchen with Thembi’s.
Intercultural Exchange, lunch at Thembi's roadside kitchen
Intercultural Exchange, lunch at Thembi’s roadside kitchen
Delicious lunch
Delicious lunch
Intercultural Exchange, the lunch provided by Thembi, extends beyond the traditional roadside plate, and includes many additions that are part of special occasions.
Intercultural Exchange, the lunch provided by Thembi, extends beyond the traditional roadside plate, and includes many additions that are part of special occasions.
Having enjoyed our intercultural lunch, stopping at a roadside kitchen, our thanks and goodbyes.
Having enjoyed our intercultural lunch, stopping at a roadside kitchen, our thanks and goodbyes.

Following our lunch, we head into the Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour as we prepare to meet the Chief

Our highlight of the visit to the Mkonjane, Zulu Village is the opportunity to be presented to Chief Molefe, a Sotho Chief in the Zulu Kingdom

Following the intercultural exchange, the group pay their respects to Moreme Molefe, as Chief of the Village where we will be accommodated.
Following the intercultural exchange, the group pay their respects to Moreme Molefe, as Chief of the Village where we will be accommodated.

The interaction with the Chief was really exciting, as against the very formal introduction and respects of 2014, here, we were given the opportunity to ask the Chief any question, this allowed me personally to glean a little more knowledge on how the Basutu, not only occupied land in the Zulu area, but was allowed their Traditional Leadership.

The 2014 group did not have this privilege, but we have a look back at their evening, and try to balance the two experiences:

2014, very formal:

Glen Retief, representing the student group, and Headlady Nguni, of the Mkonjane Village
Glen Retief, representing the student group, and Headlady Nguni, of the Mkonjane Village
In addition to our group paying their respects, the community joined the intercultural exchange
In addition to our group paying their respects, the community joined the intercultural exchange
The Chief's right-hand man, introduces the group to the Chief, you only access the Chief through this elder
The Chief’s right-hand man, introduces the group to the Chief, you only access the Chief through this elder
Mrs Molefe and the female elders to the left of the Chief
Mrs Molefe and the female elders to the left of the Chief
Chief Molefe, not inviting question in 2014.
Chief Molefe, not inviting question in 2014.

Two extremely different experiences. I loved the 2016 experience, but the 2014 experience will live with me;

We booked in with our families, then combined supper with Nguni Clan;

Culturally the ladies sit off to the left of the Patriarch, from eldest to youngest, and the men, on the right, from eldest to youngest
Culturally the ladies sit off to the left of the Patriarch, from eldest to youngest, and the men, on the right, from eldest to youngest
Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour could not be better
Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour could not be better

Unusually, on this occasion, the Head-Lady is doing the dishing up for both the guests and her subjects. I am not providing comment at this stage, maybe one of the 2014 group may wish to comment;

Unusually, the Head-Lady, mam Nguni is dishing up for the guest and her subjects.
Unusually, the Head-Lady, mam Nguni is dishing up for the guest and her subjects.

Thanks for spending day 2 with us in our Intercultural Exchange.

The Mkonjane Village Community 

Day 3 coming soon:

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