Visit the land of the Zulu and feel the power of their fascinating beliefs, customs and traditions while on a cultural safari in northern KwaZulu-Natal. The colour and vibrancy of Zululand combines beautifully with superb bush and beach activities.
On a cultural safari you will discover that the Zulu kingdom
isn't just a place, it's a Living Culture, evolving with the times but with strong roots linked to the past. Zululand has a turbulent history and you can explore the memory of the Anglo-Zulu War and hear stories of the great King Shaka on your journey.
During your experience you can visit a sangoma (traditional healer); examine the intricate Zulu bead work which tells a story (a means of passing on advice or information); take a look at the making of the complex patterns and symbols in the basket ware; find out why cattle are so important in Zulu culture and attend the festival of the Royal Reed Dance which is a magnificent occasion held every year in September.
Cultural Safari Lodges
Zululand is a superb holiday destination due to its abundance of natural resources. There are a number of national parks and private game reserves plus exceptional wetlands, lakes and beaches. The following lodges all offer a unique insight into Zulu culture and showcase the best of this beautiful region.Dumazulu Lodge and Zulu Village
Hear the beat of the drums and sample traditional Zulu hospitality! You'll be introduced to a variety of customs and learn about Zulu traditions such as brewing beer, making weapons, courtship rituals and the part that the ancestors and traditional healers play.
Dumazulu Lodge has a strong ethnic influence and you can stay in 'rondavels' which are traditional rounded huts arranged in a specific way around a central area. Enjoy safari activities and visits to the Croc and Snake Park on the grounds. Excursions along the coast can be arranged on request.Isibindi Zulu Safari Lodge
At Isibindi you can visit a rural Zulu homestead and cultural village, enjoy spectacular dance displays in the atmospheric boma (outdoor enclosure) with flickering torches and a sumptuous Zulu dinner to set the scene, as well as experience guided tours of the Anglo-Zulu battlefields. Exciting cultural tours with a local historian are also available if booked well in advance.
Isibindi Zulu Safari Lodge is architecturally influenced by the Zulu culture - the suites are shaped in the traditional bee-hive shape. Activities you can enjoy include game drives and bush walks, fishing and local excursions.Thanda Private Game Reserve
At Thanda you can experience Vula Zulu, where this living culture is celebrated with tours, interaction and thrilling displays of traditional dance. Stunning arts and crafts are on display and you can see the way spears are made or discover the complexities of basket weaving, a skill that is handed down from generation to generation. Enjoy beer tasting and a meal as part of the experience.
At Thanda you will find many delightful Zulu touches and influences which express the union between Zulu culture, wildlife, romance and exclusivity. It's a luxurious escape and offers game drives, guided walks, bush meals, a kids club and junior ranger programmes plus a full range of excursions and tours to suit all interests.