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KZN has a wide variety of places to see which are wonderful tourist attractions and include Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Park,Rhino Route,Lake Jozini, St Lucia Wetlands- a world heritage site - , Tuzi Gazi Waterfront,Ithala Game Reserve and many other tourist attractions in KwaZulu-Natal

 

Dive Sites

 

Empangeni Museum

 

Emakhosini Cultural Heritage Park

 

Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Park

 

Ithala Game Reserve

 

Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini)

 

Rhino Route

 

Shakaland

 

Simunye Zulu Lodge

 

St Lucia Wetlands

 

Sodwana Bay National Park

 

Tuzi Gazi Waterfront

 

Vukani Museum

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

North Coast KwaZulu-Natal

The North Coast, KwaZulu-Natal, stretches from Zimbali in the south to the Thukela River in the north. While beaches, battle sites and heritage routes comprise the major North Coast attractions, the coastal towns of Ballito, Salt Rock, Umdloti and Zinkwazi offer up endless North Coast activities. KwaZulu-Natal's North Coast is also known as the Dolphin Coast due to the hundreds of bottlenose dolphins that frequent this part of the coast. They can be seen all year round, frolicking in the warm waters just offshore. The coast can be explored by boat, providing front row seats from which to watch the dolphins at play, or on horseback or by microlight, which offers a bird's-eye view of this spectacular region. Of course you could just while away the days lazing on the exquisite beaches of Ballito, Blythedale, Prince's Grant and Sheffield, which is also a hot snorkelling spot.

 

The influence of the Zulu culture and the legacy left by King Shaka is tangible here. Salt Rock was once his home and Shaka's Rock a favourite look-out point. Inland, at KwaDukuza-Stanger, you can see a memorial to the king, built on his gravesite. Shaka's grave forms part of the local Zulu Heritage Route, which takes in numerous sites associated with his reign. You can also visit the tiny town of Shakaskraal - the site of Shaka's royal military homestead and today home to many traditional African healers. Explore this theme further on the Muti (African medicine) Trail in the Harold Johnson Nature Reserve. The North Coast has a strong Indian influence, reflecting the history of Indian labourers who were brought in to work the sugar cane fields. Visit Indian temples in KwaDuzuka-Stanger or pop in at the colourful markets to pick up authentic food, curios and spices at bargain prices. Twitchers should definitely stop off at Zinkwazi, which is renowned for its stunning birdlife.

 

ALIWAL SHORE ADVENTURES - DIVE SITES

Aliwal Shoal, our resident reef, is rated in the top 10 dive sites in the world. Aliwal Shoal boasts two wrecks . Aliwal Shoal forms the crown of a Marine Protected Area, meaning that no form of fishing is allowed on the dive sites. Divers are not allowed to touch the reef, any of the animals or take anything other than a shark teeth from the sand.

Raggies Cave, one of the most popular dive sites on Aliwal Shoal, boasts numerous species of fish, coral and sponge encrusted rocks in the area make for interesting critter viewing including various nudibranchs, eels, stonefish and much more. The main attraction of course being it’s name sake, the ragged tooth sharks (or grey nurse sharks) which visit the reef during the mating season from late May to November.

Cathedral is one of the most popular dive sites on Aliwal Shoal, known for the haven of ragged tooth sharks during the mating season. It’s a large amphitheatre structure with entrance either via the large front archway, through the roof or a swim through. A visually stunning rock formation leads to a crater like centre forming an enclosed area that shelters from the currents and surges. Also look out for various other attractions such as cuttlefish, moray eels and other special critters that your dive master will show you.

Northern Pinnacles is best for honeycomb morays and rays, shoals of reef fish and juvenile fish. On the northeastern end of the shoal, formed by a spine of rock formations that rise up from the sea bed forming a series of gullies, caves and potholes. Look out for some of our incredibly well camouflaged critters, including leaf fish, various eels, paper fish and a school of resident batfish. This is also a good spot to see mantas during the season. This is a shallow reef, which was responsible for the sinking of the MV Produce in 1974 and is attributed to having had a hand in sinking the SS Nebo in 1884.

South Sands offers great opportunities for spotting large groups of rays and dolphins, which enjoy playing in the openness of this site. It is a large sand patch with fragmented patches of coral reef, great for finding shark teeth. Look up and out into the blue for passing schools of game fish, and other large fish and white-tip reef sharks or even the occasional hammerhead shark. Look in the small ledges on the outskirts for crayfish and natal sea catfish and many colourful nudibranchs. South Sands is also the ideal location to start your drift dive from south of the reef, ending off at North Pinnacles getting yourself acquainted with multiple sites on a single dive. Maximum depth 17m.

Chunnel Cave is the ideal dive site for Open Water Divers that want to experience sharks, turtles, rays and much more. The name comes from the formation in the reef of a large opening on either end forming a cylindrical swim through of around 10m in length, with a bit of a dog leg to the right. To the left of where the cave’s right hand junction is, there’s a small cavern offering shelter to smaller plankton feeding fish, such as pineapple fish. Bring the family or even just your camera for life-long memories of this beautiful piece of the planet. Maximum depth 14m. The MV Produce was a Norwegian bulk ship carrying molasses that sank on 11 August 1974 after colliding with the Aliwal Shoal. No lives were lost as local commercial fisherman rescued all the sailors. The true heroes of that day were Tony Janssen, Clive Homes, Piet De Jager and Ross Hitchins. The story goes that the Captain was “napping” at the time of the collision. These four heroes were among the first on the scene along with the SAS Oranjeland (saving 14 crew members) & a South African Airforce Helicopter (saving 3). Our heroes managed to save 17 crew members within 4 hours, about the same time it took for the MV Produce to sink. None of the crew members suffered any injury other than a mild case of shock. Tony Janssen aka Cook, is still manning the Umkomaas River mouth launch site to this day. The wreck has started to break up in the last few years and penetration dives are not advised. She is 119m long and lies on her starboard side at about 32m deep. Diving the MV Produce isn’t always entirely possible should the visibility be bad, currents be flying or for Open Water qualified divers.

The Produce is home to the mighty brindle bass, harlequin goldies, lionfish, salmon and kingfish as well as an abundance of other colourful tropical fish. The Nebo Wreck, having sunk in 1884 sits at a depth of 27m. She turned over and sank in heavy seas with her cargo of railway materials on the 20 May 1884 and is now a national monument. This wooden wreck is fairly intact, having broken into two parts and is an interesting dive especially the swim through at the propeller. On this wreck kingfish, salmon and many tropical fish can be sighted. It is one of the few places on Aliwal Shoal where you can lose sight of your buddy because of the amount of small fish in the water. The reason for the wreckage has two rumours: The first being that on her Maiden Voyage from Durban to Sunderland she hit the pinnacles. The second rumour being that she was carrying a heavy load of bridge materials which was incorrectly packed. A rogue wave hit her in rough seas, subsequently pushing her over causing her to overturn and sink. While the Nebo Wreck sits at 27m your average dive profile is around 17-19m. The wooden sleepers she was carrying can still be seen and make home for natal cat fish, harlequin goldies, scorpion fish, rays and much more. While diving, look up every now and then as you may see hammerheads passing or a bull shark chasing down a ray. http://blueoceandive.co.za/dive-centre/dive-sites/

 

Amatikula Nature Reserve

The reserve has a number of hiking trails, tented accommodation and a 4x4 trail. Visitors can also explore the reserve on canoes or in a small motor-boat. The reserve is home to over 300 different species of birds, including 25 raptor species. Kudu, zebra, waterbuck and giraffe can also be seen in the reserve.

Contact Details

Phone: 032 453 0155

Catalina Theatre

Named after the Catalina aircraft, this unique and charming theatre has a wide variety of shows on offer as well as enjoying a picturesque setting with harbour views at Wilson’s Wharf.

Contact Details

Phone: 031 837 5999

Cooper Light Wreck

The Cooper Light Wreck, named after the nearby lighthouse, can be found about 2 kilometers offshore and 6 kilometers south of the Durban harbour mouth – near Treasure Beach. It lies at a maximum depth of 32 meters and is Durban’s most interesting wreck. Her origins are British (she has not been identified yet); at a length of 77 meters and weighing over 1000 tons, this is not a small vessel. Today – lying upright – she is home to many fish species, but due to the prevailing currents this is not an easy dive. Large shoals of salmon can be found here during July to November. Other fish that you are likely to come across are the Harlequin Goldie, juvenile butterfly fish, scorpion fish, paper fish, lion fish, eels and coral banded shrimps. You are able to view the entire wreck in one dive; however air and decompression are your limitations. This is a boat dive.

Contact Details

Call 031 332 0905

Dumazulu Traditional Village & LodgeDumazulu Traditional Village and Lodge

Dumazulu Lodge and traditional Zulu village offers the most authentic Zulu cultural experience in Southern Africa. In a Zulu kraal forming part of a 'living museum', you will witness the manufacturing of spears, shields, clay pots, intricate beadwork, basket-weaving, the magic of the sangoma (witch doctor) bone-throwing and spectacular Zulu dances.

 

Dumazulu - meaning 'Thundering Zulu'- is the largest Zulu village of its kind and is the only tourist Zulu village to be opened by King Goodwill Zwelithini, placing the royal Zulu stamp of approval on the objectives of Dumazulu. Apart from offering traditional KwaZulu Natal accommodation, Dumazulu Lodge also offers game drives, cruises on lake St Lucia and tours via their touring company, Zululand Tours and Safaris. Dumazulu is situated in the heart of Zululand, 1 km off the N2 highway, close to the Hluhluwe - Umfolozi - St. Lucia Game Reserve. The complex also includes a snake pit, Crocodile pool and magnificent dining area where first class traditional meals are served.

Contact Details

Phone: +27355622260

 

 

cultural villa dumazulu lodge

 

Empangeni Museum back to top

 

EMPANGENI ART AND CULTURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

Contact Details

Tel : (035) 901-1617

Fax : (035) 792-5196

emptour@microweb.co.za

 

Emakhosini Cultural Heritage Park back to top

eMakhosini Ophathe Heritage Park extends from an altitude of 1200 m above sea level in the west, through the moist mist belt grasslands and ngongoni grasslands, into valley bush veld below 300m. easily accessibly by main road and situated astride one of KZN' s main tourism routes, in close proximity to a medium sized town and an airport capable of handling large aircraft.

 

The Spirit of the eMakhosini Memorial was officially opened by His Majesty King Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu in 2003. The Memorial displays the long history of this nation. The memorial is surrounded by seven animals horns, representing the graves of the seven Zulu kings who are buried in the eMakhosini area. Here, in this valley, Kings Unkosinkulu, Zulu, Phunga, Mageba, Ndaba, Jama and Senzangakhona lie buried.

Contact Details

Head Office 0338451999

Reservations 0338451000

Rhino Card 0338451009 / 1053

 

Fort Nongqayi Museum VillageFord Nongqayi Museum Village

The Fort, built in Dlinza Forest in Eshowe in 1883 houses the Zululand Historical Museum. There is also an aboretum, the KZN papermakers, and an art gallery.

Contact Details

For more info contact the museum at +27(0)35 474 2281.

Nongqayi Street, Eshowe, 3815

 

iSimangaliso Wetland ParkIsimangaliso Wetland Park

The park was proclaimed a world heritage site because of the rich biodiversity, unique ecosystems and natural beauty occurring in a relatively small area. The reason for the huge diversity in fauna and flora is the great variety of different ecosystems on the park, ranging from coral reefs and sandy beaches to subtropical dune forests, savannas, and wetlands. Animals occurring on the park include elephant, African leopard, black and southern white rhino, buffalo, and in the ocean, whales, dolphins, and marine turtles including the leatherback and loggerhead turtle. The park is also home to 1,200 Nile crocodiles and 800 hippopotami. In December 2013, after 44 years of absence, African lions were reintroduced to iSimangaliso. There are large outcroppings of underwater reefs which are home to brightly coloured fish and corals. Some of the most spectacular coral diversity in the world is located in Sodwana Bay. The reefs are inhabited by colour-changing octopuses and squid ready to ambush unsuspecting prey. Occasionally gigantic whale sharks can be seen gliding through the water, mouth agape to scoop up tiny plankton. Twenty-four species of bivalve molluscs are recorded in St. Lucia Lake, which constitutes a considerable portion of the park. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISimangaliso_Wetland_Park -

Contact Details

Tel: 035 590 1633

 

 

 

isimangaliso wetland park map

Ithala Game Reserve back to top

Ithala Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, is situated in the rugged, mountainous northern region which is home to a spectacular array of wildlife species. Accommodation: Camps, self-catering chalets, private lodge Activities: Walking trails, day and night game drives, swimming Highlights: Fascinating geological formations, four of the Big Five Ithala Game Reserve in South Africa is a game viewing haven. Nestled in the Ngotshe Mountains in northern KwaZulu-Natal, it has four of the Big Five and other African wildlife in areas of scenic beauty. Ithala offers spectacular geological diversity with some rock formations dating back 3 000 million years. The area of Ithala Game Reserve was occupied by man for thousands of years, and there are many sites reminiscent of this times, with stone age spears and axe heads dating back 20 000 years. More recently, a few hundred years ago, iron smelting took place in the region and evidence can be found of this at the numerous smelting sites situated adjacent to deposits of banded ironstone. This KwaZulu-Natal game reserve was the setting for many of South Africa's historic events, including the reign of Shaka and his successive Zulu kings and the gold mining enterprises in the early years of the 20th Century. Ithala Game Reserve offers an excellent auto trail and a variety of game activities. A notated guide booklet is available in the shop at Ntshondwe, Ithala's award winning camp.

Contact Details

Phone: 034 983 2540

 

 

 

ithala game reserve

Harold Johnson Nature ReserveHarold Johnson Nature Reserve

A small reserve stretching only 100 hectares, but within which there is a wonderful combination of natural beauty and historical interest. Two National Monuments can be found in the reserve including Fort Pearson and the Ultimatum Tree, where the British issued an ultimatum to the Zulus thereby starting the Anglo Zulu War. The reserve is home to a great variety of wildlife including impala, zebra, duiker, bushbuck and a variety of mongoose.

Contact Details

For more information call +27 32 486 1574.

 

Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Parkback to top

This park is located in central Zululand. Besides the big five - Rhino,Elephant, Leopard, Lion And Buffalo, there is an astonishing variety of wildlife to ensure a fascinating encounter for the visitor.

Contact Details

Phone: 033 845 1999

 

Mpila Camp
Mpila Camp has twelve single-room thatched rest huts which can accommodate 4 people each. Self catering in a central kitchen.Communal ablution blocks that are situated close by.

Mpila consists of 2 self-contained 3-bedroomed cottages, each accommodating 7 people, with a cook to prepare food supplied by guests. For smaller groups, there are also 6 self-catering chalets which can accommodate 5 people each. Each of the above accommodation comprises of 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen, and a lounge/ dining room.

The Safari Tented Camp at Mpila consists of 7 2-bedded and 2 4- bedded units, all with en-suite bathroom. An optional third bed is available in each tent on request. Each unit has a verandah and is electrified. A fully equipped kitchen and dining area is connected to each tent by a wooden boardwalk. Barbecue facilities are available. These units are self-catering and are serviced daily.

Masinda Lodge can accommodate 8 people in 4 bedrooms, 2 of which are en-suite. The services of a cook are included in the tariff.

Gqoyeni Bush Lodge offers excellent game viewing . Four 2 bed units, each with individual showers and toilets, are linked by wooden walkways to a central living area. A cook is available to prepare food supplied by guests, and a field ranger conducts walks into the surrounding bushveld.

Hlatikulu Bush Lodge is situated in the heart of the park and provides excellent opportunities for walks. Four 2-bed units, each with individual showers and toilets, are linked by wooden walkways to a central living area. A cook is available to prepare food supplied by guests, and a field ranger conducts walks into the surrounding bushveld.

Bush Camp accommodation is provided at Nselweni Bush camp, which is situated on the banks of the Black Imfolozi River. This camp comprises of 4 2-bed units, a communal ablution unit, an open plan lounge/dining room and a fully equipped kitchen. A cook is in attendance as well as a field ranger, available to accompany guests on walks. Situated in Imfolozi's Wilderness area, Mndindini Tented Bush Camp has 10 beds. It is available from December-February and acts as a base camp for Wilderness trails from March-November. Facilities at the camp include a curio- shop, library, an outside dining boma and a secluded swimming pool. A fully equipped conference facility makes this a unique destination for select conferences and management seminars. Also on offer are tented safari camps, wilderness trails and day and night game drives.

 

King Shaka MemorialKing Shaka Memorial

Zulu king Shaka was born in 1787, and was the illegitimate son of the Zulu Chief Senzangakhona and Nandi who was the daughter of a neibouring chief. Due to Shaka's illegitimacy, his life was under threat, so he fled with his mother Nandi to Dingiswayo, to seek refuge with the Mthethwa tribe.

 

Shaka was fortunate to have been a tall man, almost two meters in length, as well as being well proportioned and gifted with great strength from an early age, all of which shaped him into a natural leader. It is said that Shaka also displayed a commanding presence, and creative intellect. Through his fearlessness he later achieved a position of influence and became kindly regarded by Dingiswayo.

 

After the death of Dingiswayo, and that of his father Senzangakhona in 1818, Shaka was named as chief of both the powerful Mhethwa tribe, and the less prominent Zulus. This was the start of Shaka's brilliant military career, which later earned him the title of "The Black Napoleon of Africa". Shaka reorganized the structure of his army, and introduced new methods of fighting such as using a second shorter spear for stabbing and night fighting, as well as merging a large number of the Nguni clans into the Zulu nation.

 

After his various improvements, Shaka's army of almost 50 000 warriors conquered the neighbouring territories and invaded Transvaal, Mozambique and Swaziland. In so doing he launched the "Mfecane" - the wars of extermination throughout Southern Africa. He adopted a friendly attitude to the English traders and the newly arrived white settlers at Port Natal, and entered into a treaty with them.

 

 

king shaka

 

In 1825 Shaka built his new royal kraal, Dukuza, where present day Stanger lies. This kraal consisted of about 2000 traditional Zulu beehive huts, and was used as a halfway trading station between Zululand and Natal. On 22 September 1822 all of Shaka's regiments, except one, had been out on military expeditions. Shaka was sitting on a rock (which now stands behind his memorial) looking at some of his cattle when his two half brothers Dingaan and Mhlangana, accompanied by one of Shaka's trusted servants approached him and began stabbing him. Severely wounded from the attack, Shaka stumbled across to a big tree which presently stands behind his memorial, where he was finally killed. It is said that the dying Shaka addressing his murderers prophesied: "Do you think that you will rule the land?...Not you, but the white people will rule the land".

 

The area where the murder took place was actually a small cattle kraal known as the Nyakamubi. According to traditional custom Shaka's body was wrapped in the skin of a black ox, and buried the following day with all his possessions in a newly dug grain pit, and covered with rocks. In 1932 a white memorial over the grave was erected by the Zulu people, and in 1946 the rock on which he had been sitting was rolled across the road to its present site. Each year on 24 September, the Zulu king, his royal household, dignitaries and thousands of warriors gather in traditional dress at this grave to honor the man who is said to have been the founder of the Zulu nation.

 

After Shaka's assassination on September 24 1828, his kraal Dukuza was burnt to the ground. In 1873, European settlers built a new town on the site, and named it Stanger after William Stanger, the Surveyor-General of Natal. Today, a small museum adjoins the site of King Shaka's grave in the town centre. The King Shaka Memorial includes a monument, a podium for various events, three representative huts and King Shaka's throne: a rock next to the memorial. A 20-minute slide show on the history of King Shaka can be viewed. There is also a small curio shop and an Interpretative Centre. Open daily from 8:30am to 4:00pm.

Contact Details

Tel : 032 552 7210.

info@heritagekzn.co.za

 

Luthuli MuseumLuthuli Museum

The museum is housed in his original home where Chief Albert Lithulu lived in the home with his wife and family. The house was also a popular meeting place for others in the struggle. The home is now a National Monument and was opened as a museum on 21 August, 2004.

Contact Details

call +27 32 559 6822.

Admission is free.

 

Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini) back to top

Lake Jozini is no ordinary Lake. It is the only water in South Africa where you find the ferocious fighting tiger fish. Pongolapoort dam, or Jozini Lake lies just outside the town of Pongola. It also has the only houseboat in south Africa, The Shayamanzi. this is a wonderful way to cruise the lake and has breathtaking views.

Contact Details

Telephone +27 (0) 35 572 1020

reservations@jozinitigerlodge. co. za

 

Rhino Routeback to top

The Rhino Route is an envigorating and unforgettable region of unspoilt territory. At the heart of this route lies HluHluwe. The road to hluhluwe passes through fields of sisal and pineapple and is studded with acacia trees. One of these, the "fever Tree" was believed to be responsible for malaria outbreaks amongst early pioneers who contracted malaria after camping underneath one of these trees. Traditional beehive huts are settled amongst the rolling hills and roadside stalls and offer vividly coloured hand-woven baskets, clay pots and wooden carvings for sale. The Hluhluwe game sanctuary was declared in April 1897. Trails through the Reserve afford a series of unforgettable sighting of rhino in abundance in their natural habitat. The Rhino Route is home to many other species of games, including the big 5, giraffe, warthog, zebra, kudu, hippo and crocodiles to name but a few.

 

Route 66 on the Zululand Heritage RouteRoute 66 Zululand Heritage Route

Follow the R66 along one of the oldest trade routes in the country. The Shakaland Zulu Cultural Village is a popular stop on the route. Normanhurst Farm, R66, Eshowe, Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal. Call +27 (0)35 460-0912

The route brings the battlefields of Ladysmith, Colenso, Dundee and Volksrust to mind, Route 66 is of a slightly different nature. Rather than heading up and around the N3, Route 66 takes one along a parallel route, slightly further north east, that links the towns of Gingindlovu, Eshowe, Melmoth, Ulundi, Nongoma and Pongola. Zululand's Route 66, traces the path of transport riders, missionaries, soldiers, settlers and farmers as they made their way inland. It also explores the incredible clashes that took place here - the tribal wars of the early 1800s, the Voortrekker-Zulu War of 1838, the Anglo-Zulu War of 1878 and the Bhambatha Rebellion of 1906. Route 66 starts at Dokodweni toll plaza on the N2 just south of Durban.

 

 

route 66

It follows the alternative route inland to Eshowe past sugar cane fields and rolling hills learn about the history that carved these hills. Visit Fort Nongqayi a museum filled with Zululand's past, particularly the basketry and pots. A bit of a diversion will take you to the Dlinza Forest to walk its aerial boardwalk, or Ntumeni Nature Reserve and the Nkandla Forest. Head on to Melmoth and Mtonjaneni and visit the eMakhosini Ophathe Heritage Park where you can visit the Spirit of the eMakhosini Monument that overlooks the Valley of the Kings. Ulundi hosted the battle on Gqokli Hill and was the site of the final battle of the Anglo-Zulu War. In Ondini you'll find the recreated residence of King Cetshwayo. From here you can divert to the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park or continue to Pongola and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

 

Shakaland Cultural Village back to top
Places to see KZN - Shakaland Places to see KZN - Shakaland Places to see KZN - Shakaland

 

Feel the pulsating rhythm of mysterious and magical Africa as you re-live the excitement and romance of the days of Shaka, King of the Zulus, in this authentic re-creation of the Great Kraal overlooking the Phobane Lake. Experience the sight of assegaai-wielding warriors, share the fascinating secrets of the Sangomas and witness traditional customs such as tribal dancing, spear making and the beer-drinking ceremonies.

Contact Details

Tel: +27 (0) 35 460 0912

Fax +27 (0) 35 460 0824
Email Reservations

 

Simunye Zulu Lodge back to top

Places to see KZN - Simunye Zulu Lodge

Deep in the heart of Zululand ... lies the mystical Mfule River Valley, breathing life into the territory of the Biyela Clan, blood relatives of the Royal house of the proud and respected Zulu nation. The community of people who will host you at Simunye have lived in the surrounding areas their whole lives. They invite you to share their history, culture and traditions whilst enjoying outstanding hospitality in their world renowned lodge. Simunye means "We are one". Come join us ... become one with us in Africa.Simunye Zulu Lodge offers a gentle mix of traditional Zulu Homestead and experiences, and world class hospitality and leisure activities.

Contact Details
Telephone:+ 27 32 943 3601

info@simunyelodge.co.za

Places to see KZN - Simunye Zulu Lodge
 

Deep in the heart of Zululand ... lies the mystical Mfule River Valley, breathing life into the territory of the Biyela Clan, blood relatives of the Royal house of the proud and respected Zulu nation. The community of people who will host you at Simunye have lived in the surrounding areas their whole lives. They invite you to share their history, culture and traditions whilst enjoying outstanding hospitality in their world renowned lodge. Simunye means "We are one". Come join us ... become one with us in Africa.Simunye Zulu Lodge offers a gentle mix of traditional Zulu Homestead and experiences, and world class hospitality and leisure activities.

Contact Details
Tel:+ 27 32 943 3601

Fax:+ 27 32 943 3296

info@simunyelodge.co.za

Places to see KZN - Simunye Zulu Lodge

 

The Sodwana Bay National Park

Gate Opening and Closing Times:

Monday - Thursday: 8am to 4:30pm

Friday - Sunday: 7am to 4:30pm

The main reception office closes at 3pm on Sunday afternoons.

Check Out time: 10am

Check In Time: 2pm

 

St Lucia Wetlands back to top

A visit to one of the finest wetlands Africa has to offer leaves one with a great sense of peace, harmony and tranquility. Unpolluted beaches, walking trails through the forest, five species of turtles that return each year to lay their eggs, wonderous coral reefs and 367 different bird species are just a few of the incredible experiences St Lucia has to offer. Lake St lucia is the largest estaurine system in South Africa and is a vital nursery area for many of the 1200 species of fish which occur in the adjacent sea. Herds of hippo can be seen during the day languishing in the water and crocodiles and their hatchling can be seen at the crocodile centre.

 

The KwaZulu Cultural Museum, UlundiThe Kwazulu Cultural Museum

This KwaZulu-Natal cultural museum traces a number of historical themes. In one section it details the early inhabitants of the province, leading up to Shaka and a successor Cetshwayo, followed by the arrival of white settlers and their implications for trade. It also looks at belief systems of the Zulu, and the importance they placed on cattle as a source of wealth. Bringing the story into the present, a display on apartheid laws and their effects is included.

A second section reviews the strict divisions between males and female roles in this patriarchal and polygamous society and how this was reflected in dress, customs and division of labour. A reconstruction of a traditional homestead makes a fascinating display. Other cultural aspects such as the brewing of beer, the manufacture of musical instruments and the significance of beadwork is also covered.

 

The KwaZulu Cultural Museum is one museum that doesn't freeze the culture it portrays in a timeframe of the past. It examines the Zulu nation of today, and shows the dynamic nature of the Zulu culture as it moves with the times. Most displays have interactive components, such as toys children can play with, traditional musical instruments to play and the opportunity to try your hand at beadwork. These are some of the interesting facts the visitor learns at the KwaZulu Cultural Museum in Ondini near Ulundi, which falls into the eMakhosini Valley, the valley of Zulu Kings. It is believed that Nomkhubulwana, the Princess of Rain, revealed the secret of traditional beer brewing to the Zulu people, and that white cattle are associated with ancestral spirits, representing purity and fertility.

Contact Details

regina@heritagekzn.co.za

Tel : 035 870 2050/2

Cell : 083 661 7942

 

Tuzi Gazi Coastal Waterfrontback to top

At the base of the Tuzi Gazi Route, is the Richards Bay harbour, one of the fastest growing ports in Africa. Set against a backdrop of aquatic birds and wildlife, it is the perfect example of how nature and industry can co-exist. The smallcraft harbour boasts a range of speciality shops from zulu artefacts to fast food kiosks and provides the visitors with a range of choices.

Contact Details

elize@tuzigazi.net

Tel (035) 788 0459

Tel : (035) 788 0300

Cell: 082 908 9513

 

Vukani MuseumVukani Museum

There has been a renaissance in Zulu arts and craft since the Vukani Association was formed more than 30 years ago to revive the then-dying art of basketry. Through Vukani, men and women have pooled their inherited knowledge of grasses, palm leaves, natural dyes, beadwork, woodcarving and ceramics to produce a range of contemporary items with a traditional theme.

The Vukani Museum houses some of the best work collected over the years.

Tel : 035 474 5274

 

P O Box 8073
Nelspruit 1206
Mpumalanga

 

Office hours:

Mon to Friday

 

o8h00 to 16h30

Tel: 013 745 7169

Fax : 086 699 5650

Please do not contact us on the numbers above for bookings.
We do not do the bookings for any of our clients

 

 

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