The Mphebatho Cultural Museum offers you a chance to view and participate in the unique culture and history of the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela community leaving around the Pilanesberg mountains in the North West province. This vibrant community centre provides an alternative experience of the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela heritage, culture and tradition. The museum is a community based organization located in Moruleng village, a mere 20 minutes drive from world renowned Sun-city and in close periphery to Mogwase town and Pilanesberg National Park.
The Bakgatla ba Kgafela is a dynamic forward looking community in the Pilanesberg currently staking its claim to a significant future not leaving their cultural values behind because it is their heritage.
Culture is alive and growing and changing everyday. It is dynamic, that is why it is important to adapt all the time. It is however very important to not to lose our past through changing times. A wise man once said “you can’t go forward without knowing where you come from.” It is therefore very important to preserve and conserve our culture and history, which is exactly what Mphebatho cultural museum is doing.
Our objectives as a museum are mainly: preservation, conservation and celebration of our heritage; promotion of cultural education; tourism attraction; and exploring indigenous knowledge systems.
The museum is an inspiring addition to the existing tourism route within Bojanala district from Sun-city & Pilanesberg enroute to Madikwe Game Reserve. The museum offers diverse and different form of product/s to those that are offered by nearby tourism institutions. Loaded with a whole fascinating knowledge, the well informed guides together with the ever so friendly staff are sure to provide you with an intriguing but fun tour. A trip to Mphebatho Cultural Museum will be one that you won’t forget.
Within the museum exhibition centre expect to see displays depicting ancient Batswana lifestyles; initiation (their true purpose); artifacts (tools, utensils, etc); history of Bakgatla; European influence on Batswana lifestyles; the relationship between Batswana and the Boer and also the relationship between Bakgatla ba Kgafela in Moruleng and Bakgatla in Mchudi, Botswana. There is so much more too be seen and explored.
The following are some of the products the museum has on offer:
Don’t deny yourself a chance to experience Bakgatla heritage and culture…
499 Makresteng Section,Moruleng Boulevard, Saulspoort
P.O. Box 394, Saulspoort, 0318 Cell: 076 471 0055 Virginia Pilane or 073 097 0504
Fax: 014 556 2108
Monday – Friday 08h00 – 16h00
Saturday & Sunday: Oopen prior to bookings only
Mphebatho Museum itself is an important landmark as the building was built in 1937 by Kgosi Ofentse as a school with the assistance of Dutch missionaries.
Boma welcoming: poem, song, dance and sessions
Indigenous games: these include games such as mmelo, lekhusha, bolo-ya-ditini, etc.
Indigenous practicals: these include lekgapho, water collecting methods, go setla, go fefera, etc.
Traditional food: e.g. bogobe ba mabele, lefatana, tee ya mosukujwane, mabowa, etc.
Exhibition tour: Explore Bakgatla-ba-Kgafela history, pottery, initiation rites and economics.
Heritage sites & village tours