It was the zulu village I liked the most. From the very beginning (from the main entrance in the road), they make this zulu experience seem like real. They give you a zulu welcome, teach you some words in zulu, and explain the life in the village in a way that you can even believe that life in the village is truly that way.
One day is enough for visiting the park. You will easily find rhinos (black and white), elephants, giraffes, monkeys, zebras, warthogs, búfalos, impalas and birds. There are also lions, but they are more difficult to find. You can either drive you own car in the park, or take one of the tours in open Land Rovers. As in all the other parks in South Africa, animals are seen better in winter when vegetation is not so thick. There is a huge hut at the main entrance of the park with a lot of carved wood handcrafts.
A zulu cultural village run by a local family. It has a lot of huts hand-made by this family (when I was there, women were repairing the huts, changing the straw). The huts are dorms and in summer it is packed with children having different activities (there is also a swimming pool), and you can not only walk free, and see the dancing and the cultural experience (there are also people dressed in beaded clothes and zulu warriors). The souvenir shop with lots of zulu crafts is one of the cheapest and full of different crafts.
Next to the huts of the cultural village there is a hotel with the same aspect as the village, although huts (rooms) do have all the facilities, bathroom, water, electricity, etc. There is also a restaurant with South African and International meals (French cheese!!!). The hotel and the restaurant are a bit priced.
In Norman Hurst Farm, Nkwalini, 14 Km. from Eshowe.
This Zulu village was specially built for a telemovie called “Shaka Zulu”. Despite this, it is a good reproduction of what traditional villages used to be. You are welcome ina a Zulu way, and you are taken around all the village and explained a lot of aspects about the Zulu culture.
This is a fortress-museum (in the Fort Nongqai), made of mud and brick, with only three towers. Many aspects of zulu culture are explained here. It is worth a visit to understand and learn about the customs and traditions of zulu societies.
Voortrekkers defeated a Zulu army in 1838. They made a laager of their ox wagons. It was a revenge for the killing of an unarmed group of Voortrekkers by Zulus in 1837, while they had a meeting with king Dingane.
There is a Voortrekkersmonument and a replica in bronze of the ox wagons.
Ncome is the Zulu name for the bloodriver. There is a small museum at the other side of the river where the story is told from the Zulu point of view. The museum is very small and no admission is charged but a volunteer will tell you all you want to know.
Buy a souvenir in the museumshop and you will support the local community.
Rorkes Drift was the next Zulu-english battle. After winning in Isandlwana the Zulu force came to Rorkes Drift, were a hospital of the english was. Completely surprised the english wounded fought back and held the ground until the Zulu went back from Natal to Zulu land the next morning.
Isandlwana was the place were the Zulu beat the english. The Zulu were only armed with spears while the english army had guns and riffles. But the sheer number of Zulu, the brilliant attack plan and the surprise were enough to defeat the english army.
All the white stones mark the graves of the english soldiers. Sometimes it is one soldier burried there, sometimes more.
The Natal Drakensbergen.
In the National Park you can rent a cottage. Everything is there, just take your own food with you. But it is possible to hire a cook!
Great scenery. Mountains, hills.
Caves with Bushmen's rock paintings.
Both women and men dance for visitors.
Among the three cultural villages I visited, this experience was the closest to the life in zulu villages in past.
Near Ulundi is a museum where the home of the Zulu king Dingane is rebuilt. It gives a nice impression of how a Zulu community looked back then.
The Midlands. A beautiful, rural regio, north-west of Durban. Small villages, a hilly, kind of 'English' landscape.
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