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Zulu people make up the largest ethnic group in South Africa, with about 10 million Zulu residents living in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Shakaland Zulu Cultural Village is a living monument to Zulu culture and captures the essence of this great nation’s lifestyle, social systems and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Shakaland provides visitors with a glimpse of daily village life and unique cultural experiences; from exuberant tribal dancing to visits to a traditional sangoma (spiritual leader) and an inyanga (traditional herbalist).
- Shakaland Zulu Cultural Village
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Pick up and drop off available at no extra charge from various Durban beachfront hotels. Pick up and drop off from hotels in other suburbs in Durban available on request at an extra charge
Tour duration and collection times may vary depending on route taken and traffic
|DEPARTURE TIME||8:30am Departs Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (except 25-26 December and 1 January)|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
Shakaland Zulu Cultural Village
Shakaland is an authentic re-creation of the Great Kraal overlooking the Phobane Lake and was originally built for the filming of two movies; Shaka Zulu and John Ross. It is set on top of the Entombeni Hills with panoramic views of the vast Kingdom of Zululand.
It’s a hugely popular tourist attraction in KwaZulu Natal and a fascinating insight into the Zulu people, their cultural heritage and traditional lifestyles. For a truly enriching experience, you can spend the night in a typical Zulu beehive hut; although it is fitted with modern conveniences and an en-suite bathroom.
The Shisa Nyama restaurant (shisa nyama meaning ‘burnt meat’ in Zulu) serves authentic Zulu cuisine accompanied by festive tribal dance shows and drumming.
Shakaland Zulu Cultural Village offers various cultural experiences including the Nandi Experience which is a 3-hour daytime adventure named in honour of King Shaka’s mother; the Culture Tour which involves showcases a beer drinking ceremony, fighting formations, greeting of the home, a visit to a sangoma and inyanga as well as a visit to the Zulu craft market to see how the men and women create Zulu beadwork, pottery and traditional Zulu beer.
A knowledgeable guide shares stories of ancient battles fought and lost, and the rise and fall of King Shaka. The Zulu were originally a major clan in what is today Northern KwaZulu Natal. They formed a powerful state in 1818 under the leader Shaka who was a formidable and ruthless warrior. Shaka united what was once a confederation of tribes into an imposing empire and grew its footprint through the brutal depopulation of large areas of southern Africa.
Under the apartheid regime, a homeland called KwaZulu (place of the Zulu) was created for Zulu people; hundreds of thousands of Zulu people living on privately-owned land outside KwaZulu were forcibly moved to the homeland. By 1993, more than 5 million Zulu people lived in KwaZulu. In 1994, after the democratic elections and the election of the ANC into government; KwaZulu joined the province of Natal to form KwaZulu Natal.
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