Simunye Zulu Lodge
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Traditional medicines are made from animal parts, shrubs, leaves, tree bark and roots.
A visit to South Africa is incomplete without a visit to a cultural village, and among the most untouched and alluring is Simunye, a traditional Zulu village located near Melmouth in the dramatic Valley of a Thousand Hills. This territory is home to the Biyela Clan, blood relatives of the Zulu Royal House.
The roots of this KwaZulu-Natal cultural village date back to the time before the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 when early pioneer traders and transport riders kindled lasting friendships with their Zulu neighbours.
Book into the Simunye Zulu Lodge and begin a journey learning about age-old Zulu traditions and customs first hand, gaining insight into the role of these traditions in modern South African society, both rural and urban.
You are typically welcomed to the traditional Zulu village in the early evening and offered a taste of traditional Zulu beer and braised meat before being entertained by lithe young dancers whose famously energetic, foot-stomping routines to the rhythm of drums stir the heart.
The following day you are shown around the homesteads, learning of the Zulu's hut-building techniques, their social structure, inyangas (traditonal healers) and traditional medicine. You also learn the meaning of Zulu beadwork and how to brew traditional Zulu beer.
Visitors have a choice of accommodation establishments at Simunye Zulu Lodge, including charming beehive huts, rondawels or lodges. All the stayover options respect the Zulu cultural theme, while providing modern creature comforts like electricity and hot water as well as lovely views over the peacefully meandering Mfule river.
This KwaZulu Natal cultural village is also a popular conference and wedding venue, an exotic getaway that rejivenates the spirit, African style.
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Simunye Zulu Lodge
Tel: + 27 35 450 0101/450-0103
Fax: + 27 35 450 0102