Bakone Malapa is situated just outside Polokwane, approximately 9km on the Lebowakgomo/Burgersfort road. Here you can experience a unique cultural know-how where one takes a step back in history.
Bakone Malapa was also the first museum established and one of the four components of the Polokwane municipal museums. Council approval for establishing the museum was granted in the late 1970’s and it was initially built by volunteers of the Bakone of Matlala and it officially opened in 1985.
The museum concentrates on the traditional way of life of the Northern Sotho people. The village has been reconstructed in the style used by the Northern Sotho people roughly 250 years ago. Two lapas (homesteads) contain exhibits that explain much of the Bakone’s history. There are also demonstrations of traditional fire making, maize grinding and beer brewing. Handcraft demonstrations include pottery, wood carving, basketry and bead work and a craft shop sells reasonably priced crafts made mainly by the locals.
Tours are conducted at set times throughout the day and most of the guides are excellent story-tellers who can fill you in on all the cultural aspects of this age-old civilisation.
The word Bakone mean: this is the name of a local ethnic group and Malapa: which means homestead.