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Shangaan River Club

Enjoy an African Feast and an Evening of Local Shangaan Song and Dance

Follow the sound of the beating drums through a path of flaming torches to the atmospheric amphitheatre at Shangaan River Club at Hippo Hollow Country Estate. Here you will discover a cultural experience like no other on offer in the restaurants in Hazyview Mpumalanga, combining traditional storytelling and entertainment with a Shangaan feast.

Based at Hippo Hollow Country Estate Hazyview, the Shangaan River Club is one of the finest traditional restaurants in Hazyview Mpumalanga. The River Club welcomes all local and international guests to the festivities under the thatched boma, where traditional South African and Shangaan cuisine form a feast in the true sense of the word. This joint venture between Hippo Hollow and the local community provides an enchanting evening blended with history and entertainment under the African night sky.

The collaboration between Hippo Hollow and the local communities was dreamed up in 2003. The Shangaan River Club is named after the local people, the Shangana who are regarded as the earliest inhabitants of the area. This successful initiative not only re-engages children with their African heritage but also empowers traditional Currently, the Shangaan River Club has 18 local dancers (between the ages of 13 – 26 years), under the leadership of Abraham, our group leader. The dancers are from the Venda, Tswana, Zulu and Swazi Cultures and are all originally from the Msogwaba (Nelspruit) Community. dancers. In each performance, the local chief narrates a song or proverb from tribal legends enlightening guests with their ancient and intriguing culture.

Currently, the Shangaan River Club has 18 local dancers (between the ages of 13 – 26 years), under the leadership of Abraham, our group leader. The dancers are from the Venda, Tswana, Zulu and Swazi Cultures and are all originally from the Msogwaba (Nelspruit) Community.

An African banquet with an impressive selection of Shangaan and South African mouth-watering dishes served from traditional cast-iron pots completes your enlightening and entertaining Shangaan experience. The Shangaan River Club also offers a Chef’s Tasting Table with local Shangaan favourites like mopani worms. The Shangaan River Club is ideal for individuals, families, groups, or just you and your friends and is also a fantastic wedding venue. Don’t hesitate to contact us for a booking or enquiry.

AT A GLANCE

Learn of the rich heritage and customs of the Shangaan people.
Welcome drink of local maize beer.
Cultural songs and dances performed by local community.
Narrated folk stories told by Chief.
Traditional South African and Shangaan cuisine.
The boma can hold up to 150 people (perfect for functions & weddings).
Reservations are essential and subject to availability.
Starts at 18h30 in Summer and 18h00 in Winter (May, June, July)