Zululand and the Battlefields


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Explore the roots of a great nation in Zululand


The legacy of an ancient nation is rooted in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. Stretching from Thugela River mouth in the south to Richards Bay in the north and inland to Paulpietersburg, the Zululand region is overrun with flora, fauna, and history.

Visit Shakaland or DumaZulu village and become immersed in Zulu culture: witness a Zulu wedding, assist in chores around the village, or meet a sangoma (traditional healer) who will reveal the uses of various plants. An ox-wagon will take visitors to traditional beehive huts or lively townships to have a drink in a local shebeen (pub). The lush Valley of the Kings is home to the royal residences of famous Zulu kings while the eMakhosini valley and heritage park is touted as the birthplace of the legendary Shaka Zulu and the final resting place of many of his forebears.

Zululand teems with more than 600 bird species. Wander inland through estuarine swamp forest up to the foothills of Eshowe in search of the green barbet. Lanner falcon, southern bald ibis, and rock kestrel breed in the surrounding thornveld cliffs while vervet monkeys and trumpeter hornbills dwell in the treetop canopies. Move on to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park where game drives and guided trails will bring visitors closer to the Big 5.

 

Highlights: 

  • Immerse yourself in Zulu culture at Shakaland and DumaZulu where visitors can be part of a wedding, do chores, meet a sangoma (traditional healer), or enjoy a drink at a nearby shebeen (pub)
  • The Valley of the Kings and eMakhosini Valley is the final resting place of many famous Zulu kings
  • Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park shelters the Big 5 and offers game drives and guided wilderness walks
  • Zululand Birding Route showcases 650 recorded bird species of the region

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