Zulu Beer Archives - Tim Brown Tours
  • 31st December 2014

    Shakaland day tour from Richards Bay 27th December 2014

     

    We began in Richards Bay were I my clients off the Ocean Nautica cruise ship and we headed up to Shakaland for a Day tour.

    It was to be a great day tour and we enjoyed the whole experience of Zulu culture, dancing, singing and tribal dress.

     

    Shakaland Day Tour entrance

    Shakaland Day Tour entrance

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After entering this Zulu cultural village where the movie Shaka Zulu was filmed in the 1980’s we had a quick look around the curio craft shops before the tour began at 11am.

    We started by entering the village and came back to the briefing and video clip which is usually show first but due to the ships being in this meant we had to beat the crowds so to speak!

    We began with learning how how King Shaka changed the face of the Zulu nation tactically and practically. We were shown by a Zulu Impi(soldier) how the spears were thrown and the structure of attack.

     

    Shakaland day tour, Zulu man with one of my clients

    Shakaland day tour, Zulu man with one of my clients

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continued we got to watch the display of this Zulu warrior showing us how the Zulus killed the British at the battle of Isandlwana fought on the 22nd of January 1879.

     

    Zulu man demonstrates how the Zulus killed the British

    Zulu man demonstrates how the Zulus killed the British

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then moved on to the cooking hut which is only for the ladies as the men do not cook in Zulu culture. We watched outside the hut as a Zulu lady strained the Zulu beer in a grass strainer before throwing the remains to the chicken to feed off. The beer itself we would sample later with the chief at a gathering.

     

    Zulu woman strains the Zulu beer

    Zulu woman strains the Zulu beer

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    At this point we were invited into the Inyanga and Sangomas hut this is the Medicine man and the fortune teller. We entered in learned more about what they do for their people. A common misinterpretation is that a Sangoma is a witch doctor which is false as they are fortune tellers.

    We always greet them by saying “Makhosi”

     

    Zulu Inyanga and Zulu Sangoma

    Zulu Inyanga and Zulu Sangoma

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    At this point we headed out to meet with the chief for the tasting of Zulu beer which is only about 2 percent alcohol and brewed in 2-3 days. The beer is always a special touch to be able to taste it and be able to have western people learn more about this amazing Zulu Culture. It was amazing to see all those people there all to learn about the Zulu Culture at Shakaland.

     

    Zulu Chief samples the Zulu beer

    Zulu Chief samples the Zulu beer

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was at this point we made our way down to do a spot of shopping before visiting the hut where we watch a 15min video clip from the moving Shaka Zulu which gives a basic run down as to how Shaka grew to be the King of the Zulu nation.

    We them moved on to the Umuzi structural model so that we could view from the top the structure of the traditional Zulu village. This is always amazing and very interesting as Zulus can have any number of wived they want!

    This was great to see and then we moved on to enjoy some Zulu dancing with was hard to photograph as they move so fast!

     

    Traditional Zulu dancing

    Traditional Zulu dancing

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Zulu dancing Video:

     

     

     

    We then sat down to a lovely lunch of traditional Zulu foods and some western food for those who were not so keen on the traditional stuff. It was very tasty and after this we enjoyed some of the views over the dam before slowly making our way back to Richard Bay to catch the ship before it headed to Durban.

    It had been a lovely Durban day safari and tour of Shakaland.

     

  • 9th August 2014

    Durban Day Tour to Shakaland – Zulu Cultural village 8th August 2014

    I met my client at one of the Durban hotels and as it was a large group than my vehicle can take we rented a larger vehicle to conduct the Durban Day Tour in.

    Our destination was Shakaland 160 km from the city of Durban and a functional Zulu cultural village where the film “Shaka Zulu: was filmed in the 1980’s.

    The drive to Shakaland is very interesting with the History of the Zulus being covered by myself as the guide as well as the general history of Durban and KwaZulu Natal.

    Shakaland itself is full of interesting history and culture and of course the traditional lunch we have is always great. The clients on this Durban Day Tour were very interested in the Zulu Beer until it came to tasting it! They soon realised we share the pot and pass it around, that seems to put most of them off tasting the good stuff.

    Once we arrived at Shakaland we began with understanding how a Zulu village operates by looking at a model of a traditional Zulu Homestead or Umuzi.

     

    Shakaland the depiction of a Zulu Homestead or Umuzi

    Shakaland the depiction of a Zulu Homestead or Umuzi

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continued on we watched a short video clip in Spanish so the clients could understand better. This Video clip shows sections of the life of the Great King Shaka kaSenzangakhona. It is a great tool to help people understand the history of Shaka and the Zulu nation.

     

    Asking for permission to enter the Homestead at Shakaland on our Durban Tour

     

    Asking for permission to enter the Homestead at Shakaland on our Durban Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It is always very important to ask permission to enter into a Zulu Umuzi to show respect and of course so the King knows who to expect… either friend or foe.

     

    Durban Day Tour to Shakaland. The Chiefs 1st wife weaves a grass mat for sleeping.

    Durban Day Tour to Shakaland. The Chiefs 1st wife weaves a grass mat for sleeping

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Chiefs 1st wife of this Zulu village weaves a grass mate for sleeping on. In traditional Zulu culture grass mats are used to separate the body from the floors polishes with cow dung.

     

    Durban Day Tour a Zulu wife strains the traditional Zulu beer at Shakaland
    Durban Day Tour a Zulu wife strains the traditional Zulu beer at Shakaland

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    In Zulu Culture the women do all the cooking and making of the Zulu beer which the men drink! She above is straining the beer out and keeping the ingredients inside the Isivovo. The ingredients of Maize, Maize malt and Saugum(which I cant spell) is all that is used apart from the water to make the Zulu beer.

     

    Spear throwing demonstration at Shakaland on our Durban day Tour

    Spear throwing demonstration at Shakaland on our Durban day Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We were very lucky to witness the display of spear throwing  on our Durban Day Tour, something which was done up until King Shaka invented the Short stabbing spear.

     

    Zulu demonstrating how the Zulus Porned the hearts of the British at Isandwana in 1879

    Zulu demonstrating how the Zulus Porned the hearts of the British at Isandwana in 1879

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was during the great Anglo-Zulu wars in 1879 that King Cetswayo use the late king Shakas invention to good use and defeated the British at the Battle of Isandlwana.

     

    Zulu girl demostrates how to carry a clay pot on her head during our Durban Day Tour to Shakaland

    Zulu girl demostrates how to carry a clay pot on her head during our Durban Day Tour to Shakaland

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Clay pot was a great big part of Zulu Culture and were used for may different things like carrying water, holding beer, and separating Sour milk from the fluid.

     

    Inyanga medicine man and the Sangoma the fortune teller at Shakaland during our Durban Day Tour
    Inyanga medicine man and the Sangoma the fortune teller at Shakaland during our Durban Day Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We entered into the Hut of the two most important people in the Umuzi excepting the Chief and his wives. This hut belongs to the Inyanga and the Sangoma. Please note the Elephant skull and these Pythons skin up the pole.

     

    The chief sits just before the drinking of Zulu Beer

    The chief sits just before the drinking of Zulu Beer

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It is only the chief or royalty that are allowed to wear the skins or Leopard or Lions. These animals are considered Royal game.

     

    After the drinking of the Zulu beer we moved on to the craft market and the clients could buy a few curios and things to take back as gifts for family and friends.

    We then entered into the Dancing hut where for half an hours the Zulu community performed there traditional Dancing for us. I have added a short video clip of what you can expect but its not the best video ive ever taken…

     

    Click this link to the Video of the Zulu Dancing at Shakaland.

     

    After the dancing we headed down for some lunch and then a spot of shopping.

    Once the clients were happy we departed back to Durban. We returned back after a great Durban Day Tour to Shakaland and the clients were very happy.

  • 14th March 2014

    Durban half day Safari Tour to the Valley of 1000 Hills – Phezulu Cultural Village 11 March 2014

    I collected my clients from Durban at 9am on the 11th March 2014 for there Valley of 1000 hills, Durban half day safari Tour to experience the Zulu Culture and the scenery of of the beautiful valley of 1000 hills originally home to the Debe people a cannibalistic Tribe.

    Since the Zulu Nation took over the area from the Debe people it became a strong hold for King Shakas People.

    The rain was a concern on the Durban half day Tour but it just seemed to hold off for us to complete the half day Tour and experience the great views of the valley of 1000 hills.

    We began at Phezulu Safari Park in the valley of 1000 hills overlooking where the Debe people used to rule. The Zulu cultural village experience was the first things we got to see after leaving Durban city. We first entered the Zulu traditional huts, learning about there customs and culture before tasting there tradition Zulu Beer Umqomboti.

    After this Zulu cultural experience we moved onto the Zulu Dancing where we were lucky to witness the Zulu nations great traditions and power in there dance as well as watching these Sangomas(Fortune Tellers) throw the bones to show how a young Zulu mans life will fair.

    Valley 1000 Hills half day Tours – phezulu safari Park – Sangoma

    We had a great time and took some pictures with the Zulu men and women before moving onto the crocodile center and reptile park. Here we Tour’d the enclosures of the crocodile which is becoming endangered and learned more about the prehistoric animals. After the crocodile tour it was time for the Snakes which was great as you have the chance to hold a non venomous species of snake like the Brown House snake or the African Rock Python. This is always a huge additive to a Durban Half day tour/safari.

    We then had some tea and coffee at Phezulu safari parks tea garden before driving to my old home area in Monteseel to look at the stunning views over the valley of 1000 hills, We also came across this crazy sign the the neighbourhood Watch put up to try and prevent hookers. I was to embarrassed to show the clients as they had children.

    Valley 1000 Hills Monteseel No Hooking Picture – Durban Tours

    The valley of 1000 hills is a stunning area to visit steeped in history and beauty. Phezulu safari park is my place of choice for a Zulu Cultural experience from Durban.

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