The DumaZulu Traditional Village which is located in Hluhluwe, Zululand, KwaZulu Natal offers a different kind of experience for its vacationers. Situated in the heart of rich cultures of Africa, lies a beautiful village that will give you an insight on how they thrive as a village.
The DumaZulu Traditional Village prides itself as a place not only to stay and dine but also of a place full of unforgettable experiences. DumaZulu directly translates to “Thundering Zulu” which is a perfect description for this place offers such scenic view and exciting events. It has 21 rounded ethnic huts arranged in a circle around a central cattle traditional African village to resemble the traditional Zulu Village. Experience the traditional KwaZulu Natal culture and hospitality in each hut housing twin rooms and double rooms which includes en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities. The exteriors of each living space represent the variety of vast South African tribes such as the Zulu, Swazi, North Sotho, Xhosa, Venda, Tsonga, and Ndebele. The extravagant exteriors represent the warm and intimate colors of Africa.
The Village Life
As its interior and exterior gave you a glimpse of what is their culture, the main event here is really the village life. Discover the Zulu way of life in their cultural village which 60 Zulu residents form part of their living museums. Witness the villagers showing off their craftsman skills by making spears and shields. They also make clay pots, intricate beadwork, and basket weaving. Be also amazed by the magic of the sangoma or the witch doctor of the tribe that would show his skills and prayers. They also showcase bone-throwing and amazing Zulu dances that culminates the cultural experience of the Zulu tribe. These showcasing of tradition and culture typically performed daily at 8:15 and 15:15. After you enjoy these shows you will be treated to its famous and scrumptious lunch that you will surely come back for more. In addition, you can also taste their Zulu beer as one of their famous attractions. At this point, you, will already experience their culture and be amazed at what these people have to offer.
Bird and Reptile Park
In addition to the village tour offered by the DumaZulu Village is another attraction which is the Bird and reptile park. This park is for the adventurous and for the curious. The park has a vast variety of snakes such as Black mamba, Green mamba, Forest Cobra, Boomslang, Python and others just to name a few. You can also observe different species of birds in their natural habitat.
And a lot more!
The DumaZulu Lodge also offers other different activities and not just the DumaZulu cultural experience. The DumaZulu village is situated in a reserve that is perfect for a bush walk and game drives. Thus, you can also marvel on their Game Drives in open vehicles. And upon request, you can go snorkeling or scuba diving in the pristine Sodwana Bay. Or go fishing trips in the Sodwana Bay. You can also go whale watching or have an exclusive boat cruise on neighboring property all upon request.
Overall, if you are looking for a different kind of vacation, one that you can truly enjoy and learn from and lets you immerse in its culture, then go to the DumaZulu village and lodge. This place is more than just a place to stay in. It is a village of people and tradition, thriving and marveling in their awesome and authentic culture. Learning not only from their tradition and language but also their spirit and culture. You will surely fall in love with the many experiences it has to offer and might treat this as your second home.