Zulu Cultural experience Archives - Tim Brown Tours
  • 28th July 2014

    Shakaland – Zulu Cultural Day Tour from Durban.

    I met my clients in Umhlanga(Durban) for there Zulu cultural Day Tour to Shakaland. Its always nice when client show a great interest in the History of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and the Culture which is so diverse in this province.

    I was asked plenty of great questions and spent a lot of time focusing on the Zulu Kingdom and mostly the great King Shaka! Shaka was considered by the Zulu people a the King which formed the Zulu Nation. Although the Zulu nation really began around 1550 with there first King being “Malandela”, Shaka’s name always resonates through out Zulu history as he was the great inventor and tactician!

    King Shaka’s Boyhood was very troubled having been chased away from the Zulu nation due to being the bastard son of King Senzangakhona, his father. Shaka as a young man had to fight back at bullies and by a stroke of good fortune ended up with the Mthetwa people which took him in. Shaka with the Mthetwa people grew into a strong man and worked his way up from a foot soldier to the leader of the Mthetwa army. Shaka eventually returned to the Zulu nation to claim his rightful place as the first born son of the ailing King Senzangakhona and upon his death in 1816 King Shaka took over the Zulus!

    Anyway our Durban Day Tour to Shakaland where the film “Shaka Zulu” was filmed and which is a fully functional Zulu village began at 11am. We started with a short 12 minute video clip from the moving to set the scene for the day and then looked at the structure of the “umuzi” – The homestead.

    Structure of a Zulu Home Stead – Umuzi

    Structure of a Zulu Home Stead – Umuzi

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After we spat on a stone and threw it onto an Isivivane – Grave covered in Stones, all done out of respect! We moved on to be welcomed into the real Umuzi where we first were shown some of the traditional Zulu pots, strainers and baskets.

     

    Zulu girls demostrate how to balance pots on there heads

    Zulu girls demostrate how to balance pots on there heads

     

     

    Married Zulu women makes a grass mat

     

    Married Zulu women makes a grass mat

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Zulu woman strains the Zulu beer

     

    Zulu woman strains the Zulu beer

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Our next stop was to watch the Umqomboti  – Zulu Beer, being strained and to look at the different Zulu pots for carrying water, milk, Sour milk and beer.

     

    The chief of the Zulu village then showed us how the Zulus would fight with there shields and Assagais -Short stabbing spears which King Shaka invented, before the clients had an opportunity to pose with him.

     

    Zulu man demonstrates Zulu warfare on our Durban Cultural Tour

     

    Zulu man demonstrates Zulu warfare on our Durban Cultural Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then moved up to the Sangoma (Fortune teller) and Inyangas (Traditional healer) huts to learn more about them and there role in the Zulu nation. Zulu Culture is really interesting and on these Durban Day Tours to Shakaland you will learn things you had no idea existed in the first place.

     

    The Inyanga – Traditional healer and his medicine

     

    The Inyanga – Traditional healer and his medicine

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Polygamy is one of the interesting parts to Zulu Culture which with our short sighted western minds we judge before thinking about the reasons for it. During the many battles up to 1879 so many Zulu mens lives had been lost that King Cetswayo decided in order to ensure the security of the excess women that men needed to take more than one wife. There was a catch you had to pay for your wife, a brides price a dowry or in Zulu – Lobola! This insured that only the strong successful men could have more than one wife and ensured that women were not left on there own. If a Zulu Impi(Soldier) was killed his brother would also be instructed to take over his wives and children in order to support them! Not so silly when you think about the reason for Polygamy!

    We moved on to taste Umqombothi(Traditional Zulu beer) as well as looking at the interesting bead work the ladies had put together. There were also other items like Smoking pipes and necklaces and we also watch how Maize(cheaper version of Corn) is ground up into a powder for use in cooking!

     

    Zulu woman showing us how to grind Maize

     

    Zulu woman showing us how to grind Maize

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After this it was time to look at curios for sale to support the family before we would watch the Traditional Zulu dancing.

    My clients we keen on weaponry much like myself and purchased a few items before we entered into the Dancing hut and had a wonderful cultural experience performed by the Zulu villagers. This you have to see when you come to South Africa.

     

    Traditional Zulu Dancing at Shakaland

     

    Traditional Zulu Dancing at Shakaland

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    When the singing and dancing was over it was time to have some lunch. At Shakaland you will have a buffet but included in the buffet are some Traditional Zulu foods like: Samp and Beans, Phutu, Chakalaka and Sheba, always worth a taste.

    After a final look around for some more weaponry we departed and chatted more about the Zulu Cultural on our drive back to Durban.

     

     

  • 12th November 2013

    Tala game reserve and Phezulu Safari Tour 9/11/13

    Well the rain held off for this Durban day Safari tour thank God!

    I met my clients in Durban and we departed away from the rain to Tala private game reserve. Upon entering we found the Rhinos, Zebra, Wildebeest, impala, Nyala, Giraffe, and even a Blue Crane – South Africas National Bird.

    It was a great tour around Tala game reserve.

    When we left 3 hours later we drove through the valley of 1000 hills and stopped at the Jesus statue in Inchanga. I still cannot find any information on when it was put there or why but it is amazing. It reminds me of Rio.

    We then stopped at Phezulu for the Zulu Cultural experience, lunch and the reptile park. This was great and the dancing was great.

    Over all a great Durban day Safari Tour.

     

    Tim Brown Tours

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  • 25th October 2013

    Tala Game reserve and Phezulu cultural Safari Tour 18th October 2013

    After collecting my clients from a Durban hotel we headed out to Tala game reserve a little concerned of the rain we had over the past few days. Once we arrived the weather wasnt to bad rain now and then but not really effecting game viewing accept the Rhinos.

    We were really lucky and saw a Black Backed Jackal which was very lucky.

    We finally found a giraffe but other than that it was the usual suspects : Zebra, Wildebeest, Warthog, Blessbok and Ostrich.

    After having our fill on the Durban day Safari Tour side we departed for Phezulu safari Park for a Zulu cultural experience and Tour around the Reptile park.

    First though it was lunch and we stopped overlooking the valley of 1000 hills where we had a good view considering the weather.

    After Lunch it was time for the Reptile park tour before the Zulu Dancing. My clients were happy to hold a brown house snake which was great!

    Then it was the Zulu Dancing(Culture) and entering the Zulu cooking hut and meeting hut aswell as tasting the Traditional Zulu beer Umqomboti.

    A Great Durban Day Safari Tour then back to Durban City.

    Tim Brown Tours

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  • 11th October 2013

     

     Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala game reserve and Valley of 1000 Hills, Zulu Cultural experience Safari/Tour 10/10/13

     

    Tala game reserve and Valley of 1000 Hills, Zulu Cultural experience Safari/Tour 10/10/13

    After collecting my clients who were out for a Malaria conference we headed up to Tala Game Reserve where we had immediate luck as two of the Rhinos where right next to the road. We managed to find another 5 Rhinos as well as a Journey of Giraffe, Herds of Zebra, Wildebeest, Impala, Ostrich, Warthog, Blessbok and loads of other animals.

    It was a quick spin taking 3 hours and we then headed down to the Valley of 1000 hills, Phezulu Safari park(on top of the hill) for lunch. After some Crocodile Samoosas and a meal we headed do to the Zulu Cultural Village of the Gaza Family for the Zulu cultural experience who have been there for years. This was great to enter the hut and for the clients to learn and experience the culture of the Zulu.

    We watched some Zulu Dancing before heading back to the Crocodile center where we enjoyed the crocodiles and snakes before we departed for Durban City.

    It was a great Durban day Safari and cultural Tour with beautiful weather.

     

    Tim Brown Tours

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