This museum invites visitors to take a step back in time and explore a traditional Bakone tribal village, as it existed about 250 years ago. This open-air museum gives visitors the opportunity to gain insight into the background and history of the Bakone people who are a subgroup of the Northern Sotho tribe.
Bakone Malapa literally means Bakone Homestead and the village, set on the original site of an ancient village, and has been superbly reconstructed in the traditional Northern Sotho way.
Tours are conducted at various set times throughout the day and the guides are gifted story-tellers. They are informative when it comes to the ancient culture and history of the Bakone and they put their message across in an entertaining way. Two lapas (homesteads) in the Bakone Malapa Museum contain exhibits that give details of the Bakone’s long and interesting history.
Archaeological excavations have been carried out in the area around Bakone Malapa Museum and evidence, including nearby rock paintings, has led researchers to conclude that this area was first occupied by the San tribe quite some time before being occupied by the Bakone people.