Known as the 'land of the friendly people' and the 'place where the people dance', was officially established in 1969. It is the administrative and commercial centre of the Mopani district and also the former capital of Gazankulu.
Giyani's Central Business District is a lively informal business sector which should not be missed. Traditional African Cuisine such as matomani (mopani worms), tihove (samp), muroho, teepe, leroto and vuswa (mealie meal) are on the menu all day long for visitors to experience.
Giyani still resembles a friendly traditional village and the people are known for their love of folklore, of which two hundred folktales, along with nineteen hundred proverbs have been recorded. It is also rich in cultural history, with royal families dating as far back as 1822 who were related to the legendary Rain Queen Modjadji.
Giyani is rich in cultural history, with royal families dating as far back as 1822, the Greater Giyiani was officially establised in 1969.