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TThis is more than just a tourist attraction – it is an enriching and vibrant cultural experience affording a better understanding of the Zulu people and their ancient customs. Shakaland is a cultural replication of a Zulu “Umuzi” or homestead, complete with 55 very comfortable beehive huts that overlook the Phobane Lake.
Here, visitors can participate in a traditional ceremony, learn Zulu customs, try traditional beer and enjoy energetic Zulu dancing. Immerse yourself in an authentic, vibrant South African culture at this Zulu village.
The Shakaland Zulu Cultural Village is a resort built amid thorn trees and aloes that was originally the set of the movie Shaka Zulu, which documented the life of the most influential leader of the Zulu empire, Shaka Zulu.
TThis South African Zulu village offers a comprehensive Zulu experience where you can try some foot-stomping with the tribal assegai-wielding warriors, dressed in traditional animal skins, or view consultations with a sangoma (spiritual leader believed to have the ability to communicate with the ancestors). It will be an intriguing experience that will stay with you forever.
SShakaland is divided into the “home of the Zulus” and 55 hotel rooms in the form of beehive huts, but equipped with modern creature comforts including DStv (cable TV).
Visitors can choose between a three-hour midday tour programme, or, for a truly enriching experience affording a better understanding of the Zulu nation there is the two-day culture tour. This includes a video explaining the origin and history of the Zulu people, followed by an introduction to traditional Zulu social systems, fighting formations, the keeping of the home, the sangoma, the inyanga, beadwork, pottery, beer brewing and spear throwing.
The surroundings of Shakaland Zulu Cultural Village are beautiful. The hills to its east offer a splendid view over the Mhlatuze Valley, where Shaka's military stronghold, KwaBulawayo, once stood. Below Shakaland is Goedertrou Dam, on which you can take a spectacular sunset boat cruise.