Shakaland Hotel


Authentic experience of Africa’s Zulu culture

A living museum and tribute to one of the most influential monarchs of the Zulu empire, Shakaland Hotel is a re-creation of the Great Kraal of King Shaka. He was King of the Zulus and ruled his kingdom for twelve years, and now people from all over the world can come to Shakaland, just north of Durban, to experience this unique resort of Zulu culture.

Shakaland overlooks the Phobane Lake, comprising of traditional Zulu “Umuzi”, or homesteads, built on the site where the films ‘King Shaka’ and ‘John Ross’ were produced. The resort offers a variety of educational activities that showcase the diversity of the Zulu nation, including the Nandi Experience in honour of Shaka’s mother; the Shaka Programme, involving Zulu dancing; and the Culture Tour of beer-drinking ceremonies, sangomas, spear making, beadwork, and fighting formations.    

Blending in with the pastoral surrounds, Shakaland accommodation features 55 traditional beehive huts, built by local craftsmen and beautifully decorated with wooden interiors, thatched roofs, and en-suite bathrooms. Amid the thorn trees and aloes and next to the restaurant is a swimming pool, perfect for a tropical cool-off.

  • Living monument to the greatest leader of the Zulu empire, King Shaka
  • Located only 160km north of Durban
  • Accommodation in 55 traditional beehive huts built by local craftsmen, with modern conveniences
  • Educational programmes for a comprehensive introduction to Zulu customs
  • Overlooking the Phobane Lake, with restaurant and swimming pool blending into the tropical surrounds
Restaurant on premises Swimming pool


Shakaland Hotel
Kwa-Zulu Natal Battlefields
South Africa

Be a part of the assegai warriors, the sangoma secrets, and the traditional Zulu customs at Shakaland Hotel, about 160km north of Durban. This resort is a living monument to the long-reigning Zulu leader, King Shaka, and the culture of his people. Dive into the fascinating world of this ancient African tribe.

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