South africa tribes

South Africa images: Ndebele people of South Africa

The black communities of South Africa have got their ethnic divisions we can consider as distinct societies. We can clearly distinguish each other thanks to their customs, their social system and their mother tongue. Those different societies are : The Zulus, the Xhosas, the Swazis, the northern Sothos, the southern Sothos, the Tswanas, the Ndebele, the Vendas, the Lembas and the Shangaan-Tsongas.
Given the large number of ethnic groups, we might think that South African black communities are strongly attached to their traditions, but it's not the case. Only a few typical African villages remain in rural aeras.
The first ethnic group we met was the NDEBELE.
You can easily spot their villages thanks to the colourful geometrical paintings decorating their houses
Ndebele paintings
Ndebele paintings



Ndebele paintings
Ndebele paintings
Ndebele paintings
Ndebele paintings
Ndebele house
Ndebele house
 
Ndebele women wear narrow necklaces made of several metal rings as well as bracelets they 'll never be able to remove.
Ndebele car
Ndebele car
Ndebele woman
Ndebele woman
Ndebele women
Ndebele women
Ndebele woman
Ndebele woman
 

South Africa images: Shangaan-Tsonga village

Close to Kruger park, between Hoedspruit and Acornhoek, is located a wonderful Shangaan-Tsonga village. The inhabitants warmly welcomed us by the welcoming dance.
South african kids
South african kids



Vendas children
Vendas children
Shangaan-Tsongas people
Shangaan-Tsongas people
Shangaan-Tsongas child
Shangaan-Tsongas child
 
Then we visited the village, with a view to discovering their living, their customs....
Shangaan-Tsongas hut
Shangaan-Tsongas hut
Shangaan-Tsongas house
Shangaan-Tsongas house
 
Shangaan-Tsongas woman
Shangaan-Tsongas woman
maize crushing
maize crushing
Shangaan-Tsongas sangoma
Shangaan-Tsongas sangoma
 

South Africa images: Zululand

Finally, further south, in Zululand, we discovered several zulu villages.
Zulu village
Zulu village
Zulu hut
Zulu hut
Zulu house
Zulu house
 

South Africa images: Stellenbosch

But traditional Africa is not only black communities. As a matter of fact, everybody knows that white people colonized South Africa.
This colonization started in Cape town and its vicinity, and notably the city of Stellenbosh. The first settlers (Dutch people) built churches, schools and houses with whitewashed walls and stinkwood roofs. Everything has been kept.
Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch