Umbuby involves one child playing the role of a blindfolded lion, one child playing the role of a blindfolded impala, and the watching children encircling these two animals.
The idea of the game is that the lion needs to capture the impala to win. The impala and the watching crowd have to stay safe from the prowling lion.
The watching crowd are involved, their shouting encouragement is an attempt to stop the lion capturing the impala.
History of Umbuby
This type of play has its historical roots in Ghana. But it is commonly played in South America, communicating the history of many peoples who were moved from Africa to South Africa