Harare - A Dance with The Mud-men (Nyau) and Mask Men (Gule) of Southern Africa

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A Dance with The Mud-men (Nyau) and Mask Men (Gule) of Southern Africa

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(41 reviews)
Mabvuku, Harare, Zimbabwe
45 mins

About the tour

The Nyau or Gule, popularly known in Zimbabwe as zvigure, is an enigma. Mystic, misunderstood and feared — their secrets have been hidden for centuries behind gory masks, cryptic dances and bizarre costumes. In some communities, mentioning their names can cause serious discomfort while their sighting or presence will easily send those of a weaker disposition scurrying for cover. Their “war cries” are adequate to trigger stampedes. Despite their fancy footwork and dazzling waist-wriggling dances — their appearance — a skilfully sculptured caricature of a human being or animal, stir up a lot of curiosity among those who are outside the Nyau community. In this tour, you will catch a glimpse of the Nyau culture as you see them sing and dance to fast beating drums.

Meet Adventure Horizons

Adventure Horizons

Founder of local tour agency, Adventure Horizons, Zimbabwe. Lynette is a specialist in Southern African culture and history, and has had a series of travels in Africa, North America, and Europe. Her Free walking Tours in Harare are ranked as the number 1 tour in Harare with 5 star reviews. Her passion is to share Zimbabwe's rich and illustrious history, wildlife, culture, art, various lifestyles, secrets and paths less trodden! Open and curious folks who enjoy meeting new friends from all over the world will enjoy exploring this part of the world with Lynette.

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Harare with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Harare. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

David and Wendy h.

24 April 2021

This was such a fascinating tour in every way and you did a good job, Lynette, to show us this ritual and explain what was happening.

Sue H.

24 April 2021

Very exciting!

Faiza G.

23 April 2021

Amazing! The dancing was wonderful.

Liz and Steve A.

23 April 2021

Lynette gave us a wonderful tour...attentive to answering questions and great camera work. Absolutely top class ... thank you Lynette and see you on another trip soon

(UK): Caroline P.

23 April 2021

Absolutely brilliant look at a traditional dance by a mysterious group. Wonderful experience.

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