Zulu Dancing Archives - Tim Brown Tours
  • 11th February 2016

    Durban Tours

     

     

    It was a warm morning in Durban for our Durban tour to Tala game reserve and the Valley of 1000 Hills for a Zulu cultural village visit.

    My clients were aboard the Sun Princess and we began once they disembarked with a briefing on what was to be expected for the day.

    As we made our way west of Durban city I began with the tour from Durban covering some of the interesting history of the area around the City and then the suburbs of Durban.

    We took the scenic route into the Valley of 1000 hills and then arrived at Phezulu safari park for the Zulu cultural village tour where we would meet the Sangoma and enjoy some Traditional Zulu dancing.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban tour; Zulu Sangoma

    Durban tour; Zulu Sangoma

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We tried to stay clear of the ship groups as best we could so after the dancing I gathered my small group and entered into one of the Zulu huts and told my clients about this amazing group of people and how they traditionally lived.

    The actual Zulu dancing was great but with the ship having brought so many clients my position had a lot of glare and was not great for photos but here is one anyway.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban tour; Zulu dancing

    Durban tour; Zulu dancing

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The views in the valley of 1000 Hills are amazing and it is this valley which the Zulus have a great history with King Shaka in chasing the Debe people into the hills!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban tour; Valley of 1000 hills

    Durban tour; Valley of 1000 hills

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was now time for a spot of craft shopping before we headed to Tala game reserve. Once at Tala a 3000 hectare game reserve we spotted lots of animals.

    We spotted Zebra and Kudu first up as well as Blessbok.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban tour; Tala game reserve, Zebra

    Durban tour; Tala game reserve, Zebra

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    These Zebras posed really nicely for us all in a row and the next dazzle of Zebra also posed by resting there heads on each others backs.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban tour; Tala game reserve, Zebra heads

    Durban tour; Tala game reserve, Zebra heads

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was not long before we got Wildebeest and Ostrich as well and then the one we all wanted to see the Rhino! We had a great sighting of these amazing creatures which are now so highly protected due to poaching.

    Our Durban tour was really taking shape!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban tour; Tala game reserve, Rhino

    Durban tour; Tala game reserve, Rhino

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Once we left the Rhino we made our way to try find some Giraffe but before we could get there we spotted the Eland antelope which is the Bushmans Totem animal. You will have to take a Durban tour to be told more about this by me and my team!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban tour; Tala game reserve, Eland

    Durban tour; Tala game reserve, Eland

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was now an unexpected animals which we saw in fact 3 of them! We spotted 3 Blue Cranes which are South Africas national bird, then a Secretary bird and a female Impala with horns which is a genetic abnormality.

     

    We really hit the jackpot and then decided to head to the lodge for a rest and the craft shop.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban tour; Tala game reserve, Blue Cranes

    Durban tour; Tala game reserve, Blue Cranes

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    With this stop planned we decided to change it as we saw a big bus of people about to do the same so we went and found the Giraffe and then visited the dam where we spotted the heads of the Hippos. It was a great Durban tour.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban tour; Tala game reserve, Giraffe

    Durban tour; Tala game reserve, Giraffe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We stopped then at the shop before we headed back to the Sun Princess in Durban harbour. On our way back we chatted more about South Africa and how wonderful the country was as well of speaking of some of the challenges we are still facing a the rainbow nation.

    It had been a great Durban tour and my clients we all very happy.

     

  • 5th September 2015

    Shakaland tour from Durban

     

     

    We began our Shakaland tour in Durban where I collected my clients and we covered more of the in depth history of the Zulus and the area we would be travelling into Eshowe.

     

    Once we arrived at Shakaland for the tour we enjoyed the shop and the amazing African crafts as well as music before the tour of the Umuzi(homestead) began!

     

    We learned the structure of the Zulu Umuzi and then watched a 15 minuted video clip on the movie Shaka Zulu all of this helps when you do a cultural tour from Durban of this nature.

     

    We then got permission to enter the Zulu village.

     

     

     

     

     

    Shakaland tour; Welcome into the village

    Shakaland tour; Welcome into the village

     

     

     

     

     

    We then made our way to watch the lady who weaved the sleeping mats and then watched as Zulu beer was made(Umqomboti). This is always interesting and great to sample later in the day.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Shakaland tour; Making of Zulu Beer, Umqomboti

    Shakaland tour; Making of Zulu Beer, Umqomboti

     

     

     

     

     

    Next was the balancing of the water pots on the head of the ladies. This is the traditional way of carrying water and is still done today with everything and anything. The pots are made with clay soil found down near the river.

     

     

     

     

     

    Shakaland tour; Zulus carry pots on head

    Shakaland tour; Zulus carry pots on head

     

     

     

     

     

    We then made our way up to the Chief of the village who also showed us King Shaka’s Short stabbing spear and the Bulls horns formation of attack! He also demonstrated how to throw the Isiphapha the long throwing spear King Senzangakhona invented(Shaka’s father).

     

     

     

     

     

    Shakaland tour; Zulu Warfare demonstration

    Shakaland tour; Zulu Warfare demonstration

     

     

     

     

     

    It was time to shift further into the Zulu cultural village and we went into the Sangoma and Nyanga’s hut. A Sangoma is a fortune teller and an Nyanga is a traditional healer.

     

     

     

     

     

    Shakaland tour; Nyanga and Sangoma

    Shakaland tour; Nyanga and Sangoma

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We now sampled the Zulu beer and learned more about Zulu love letters, clothing and bead work. Once this was done we did some more shopping before the Zulu dancing which was amazing!

     

     

     

     

     

    Shakaland tour; Sampling of the Zulu Beer

    Shakaland tour; Sampling of the Zulu Beer

     

     

     

     

     

     

    At Shakaland you will also watch dancing from some of the neighboring tribes like the tribe Nelson Mandela came from the AmaXhosa!

     

     

     

     

    Video: Xhosa dancing during our Shakaland day tour from Durban

     

     

     

     

    One of the other dances was from our northern neighbors the amaTonga and of course the amazing and powerful Zulu dancing and singing!

     

     

     

    Video: Zulu dancing during our Shakaland Zulu Cultural day tour 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The above video shows how the Zulus fort off the British at the battle of Isandlwana. This battle was the worsted defeat the British have ever suffered at the hands of a native army!

     

    We then said farewell to the dancers as we made our way down for some lunch. A traditional Zulu lunch with some things to help if the Westerners could not stomach the Zulu food.

     

     

     

     

     

    Shakaland tour; The farewell after the Zulu dancing

    Shakaland tour; The farewell after the Zulu dancing

     

     

     

     

     

    Lunch was lovely and the food both traditional and western was lovely. We all enjoyed it and after desert and coffee we made our way back to the shop. This was mostly my idea as I wanted to buy this one CD of Zulu music I heard earlier in the shop. It was lovely so why not.

     

    It was now time to depart Shakaland after a great Durban day tour and an amazing Zulu cultural experience.

     

    We covered just a couple things on the way back and left the floor open to questions.

    After arriving safely I turned back and went home after 3 amazing day of tours. I actually had been on the road a week with 4 different groups of clients. Amazing times!

     

    If you wish to do this same tour please click the link below:

     

     

    Shakaland day tour.

  • 28th August 2015

    Durban day safari tour

     

     

    I met my clients in Durban at their hotel for their Durban day safari tour to Tala game reserve and the valley of 1000 Hills.

     

    We would begin with some introductions and a briefing of the day tour from Durban and then I was able to settle in to chatting about Durban and KwaZulu Natal and the in depth history of the area that we were entering.

     

    It was not long before we were at our first destination, Tala game reserve for the first part of our Durban day safari tour.

    It was here that we were very lucky in seeing the quality sightings that we had. I am sure we spent 30 minuted in one spot as we had: Ostrich, Zebra, Blessbok and Rhino all in the same area.

     

    We were very lucky with our sightings on this Durban day safari tour and spotted 3 Rhinos within 5 minutes of our Safari tour.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban day safari tour; Rhino, I have suffered at the hands of poachers but my friend with protect me

    Durban day safari tour; Rhino, I have suffered at the hands of poachers but my friend with protect me

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Rhinos are hugely endangered as I explained to my clients and sadly the one with the short horn had been shot and had her horn hacked off by poacher for medicine! She was lucky to survive as two other Rhino died!

     

     

    In the same area we watched a dazzle of Zebra and we found that they were fighting with each other which I again explained to my clients about this interesting behaviour.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban day safari tour; Zebra fighting

    Durban day safari tour; Zebra fighting

     

     

     

     

     

    Shortly after this exciting sighting we spotted Zebras mating which was a real treat. You hardly ever get to see this and this was right next to us about 20 meters of the road. At times funny we enjoyed the reality of the situation.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban day safari tour; Zebra mating

    Durban day safari tour; Zebra mating

     

     

     

     

     

    Video: Zebra mating

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued on and before we could stop for a shot break to stretch the legs we spotted some Ostrich and a male at that which was great to show my clients.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban day safari tour; Ostrich

    Durban day safari tour; Ostrich

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After a short rest we got back on the reserve and finally spotted some Giraffe! The best part of this was the fact that we found 1 female and then a male and once we looked closer the female had a young baby with her. We spend a lot of time with them as the baby was still skittish and even had a part of her umbilical cord attached. We eventually got to watch the baby suckle!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban day safari tour; Baby Giraffe suckling

    Durban day safari tour; Baby Giraffe suckling

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then continued our Durban day safari tour and got to see some Wildebeest near the road!

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban day safari tour; Wildebeest

    Durban day safari tour; Wildebeest

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was time for some Hippo and we found then in the dam! We watched them for 10 or 15 minutes and my guests managed to get a shot of one of the Hippos with his mouth open. Sadly I was to slow and  missed the shot but still it was great to see them.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban day safari tour; Hippos

    Durban day safari tour; Hippos

     

     

     

     

     

    It was time for us to depart from Tala game reserve and we made our way into the valley of 1000 hills for lunch and to enjoy the reptile park as well as the Zulu Cultural village tour.

     

    It was a great lunch or though more than we could eat!

    I quickly took my clients around the reptile park and explained about the Crocodiles.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban day safari tour; Crocodile

    Durban day safari tour; Crocodile

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then entered the Zulu cultural village and watched some very energetic dancing and singing by the Zulu tribe before entering into two of the Zulu huts to learn more about the culture. I had already explained to my clients about some of the interesting differences so they were aware going into the village.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban day safari tour; Zulu dancing

    Durban day safari tour; Zulu dancing

     

     

     

     

     

    This was an amazing experience and we all enjoyed the tour.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban day safari tour; Zulu Chief

    Durban day safari tour; Zulu Chief

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We were all very lucky to have experienced so many interesting and new things though the course of this Durban day safari tour. I think my clients really enjoyed the tour.

     

    Another great Durban safari tour under the belt!

  • 30th June 2015

    Durban private tour to Tala game reserve and valley of 1000 Hills

     

     

    I met my client from Scotland at his hotel in Durban for his Durban private tour to Tala game reserve and the Valley of 1000 Hills.

     

    On route we chatted about some of the History of Durban and KwaZulu Natal but mostly chatted about general things that we are going through as a country as we would be spending 4 days together.

     

    We began at Tala game reserve one of the most highly populated smaller private game reserves I know of. It was animals galore as usual and our first sighting was of 3 Rhinos which were being watched very closely by the Anti-poaching team.

     

    Later we would return there and see the 3 of them resting.

     

     

     

    Durban private tour; Rhino resting

    Durban private tour; Rhino resting

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    You may see the Red Billed Oxpecker near the eye of the Rhino removing ticks of the Rhinos body, this is a lovely symbiotic relationship where the animal get his health back and the bird gets a meal!

    We also waited patiently for some Zebras to cross the road and the did but in the same area was Wildebeest, Ostrich and a range of other animals.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban private tour; Zebra

    Durban private tour; Zebra

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continued with our Durban private tour we managed to find some Impala and Nyala but the weirdest thing happened as we spotted this female Impala with horns. This is a genetic abnormality and is probably caused by inbreeding in these smaller game reserves.

     

     

     

     

    Durban private tour; Impala female with Horns

    Durban private tour; Impala female with Horns

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Above you will see 2 pictures the top one being the female with the thin horns and below the male with what the horns should normally look like. Nature is always amazing as this male Impala kept chasing the female away as if he felt it was another male.

     

     

    We stopped for a rest and then went on with our Durban private tour to find some Giraffe! We eventually did and they were very beautiful and right next to the road.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban private tour; Giraffe up with the Aloes

    Durban private tour; Giraffe up with the Aloes

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Giraffe we especially beautiful as they were walking among the Aloes and this picture just looked really amazing!

    There was one more major animal we need to go see and that was the Hippo. We really had it made today as we spotted them standing the the shallow dam and the one mother had her little baby with her.

     

     

     

     

    Durban private tour; Hippo mother and baby

    Durban private tour; Hippo mother and baby

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The mother Hippo gave a great big yawn and the baby was just behind her bum hiding away it made for a great picture on our Durban day tour.

     

    It was now time to depart Tala game reserve and head the scenic route to the Valley of 1000 Hills. We enjoyed the drive with the rolling hills and the townships all over this amazing place. We reached our destination in the valley of 1000 Hills, Phezulu safari park and it was here we had a great lunch with a view!

     

    We then went to the reptile park and learned more about these amazing Crocodiles and snakes before our meeting with the Zulu village at 2pm.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban private tour; Crocodile at Phezulu

    Durban private tour; Crocodile at Phezulu

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Zulu Cultural village was amazing and we enjoyed the great dancing and singing of the Zulu people on this Durban private tour.

     

     

     

     

     

    Durban private tour; Zulu dancing at Phezulu

    Durban private tour; Zulu dancing at Phezulu

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I figured you would not know what I was talking about unless I shared a video with you so you can watch it below!

     

     

     

    Video: Durban day tour; Traditional Zulu dancing

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Finally it was time for entering of the Zulu meeting hut and the cooking hut before making our way back to Durban. I also had to explain to James my client about the 3 different clicks in the Zulu Language and why they are in existence.

     

    It had been a beautiful Durban day tour and the clouds were now beginning to blow over the Valley of 1000 Hills. I will leave you with this great photo of my client with the Zulus.

     

     

     

     

    Durban private tour; James with the Zulus

     

    Durban private tour; James with the Zulus
  • 13th January 2015

    Durban day safari to Tala and Valley of 1000 Hills 11th January 2015

     

    I met my client in Durban off the Oceana Nautica cruise ship it was one of those days where the ship comes 2 hours late and for some Tour operators and tour guide this ruined the day as they would have booked something and ended up not being able to get their in time.

    I was really fortunate as I could be really flexible and we manage for the most part to avoid the huge bus tours as we went on our merry way. My clients were originally from Scotland and not live in Canada which was really interesting, a lovely group.

    We first began at Tala game reserve and having learning that my clients had been to Botswana for and the Sabi Sands for Safaris already on this trip all I could do was wow them with information they may not have heard. The animals sightings I have to say were very good but Tala is a small private game reserve and does not have the Big 5, except Rhino.

    Our first sighting as usual was Zebra as we go into Tala game reserve on our Durban day safari.

     

    Zebra on our Durban day safari

    Zebra on our Durban day safari

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continued we found more Zebra, Wildebeest, Blesbok, Warthogs, Nyala, Impala and the list goes on. We only ended up spending just over 2 hours at Tala as we saw everything they had just about and as the clients had seen it all before this meant we could get into the Valley of 1000 Hills sooner than expected after the ship delay.

     

    Ostriches on our Durban day safari

    Ostriches on our Durban day safari

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    These ostriches were great as they had a huge amount of little ones with them and this was something my clients had not seen! We continued on and found some Giraffe which were great as it was 2 females with 2 babies. We spent some time correcting some theories other guides had mentioned and this was really great for me to share the knowledge I have on these animals with my great clients.

     

    Giraffe on our Durban day safari

    Giraffe on our Durban day safari

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we move on we visited the dam where the Hippos were and go some small looks at them which were not great but still good. We then made our way into the open plains to find the Rhinos of which we did all 5 of them. This was looking like a good Durban day safari.

     

    Rhino on our Durban day safari

    Rhino on our Durban day safari

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We decided to leave the game reserve of Tala and move on into the valley of 1000 Hills 35 minutes away to enjoy the views and have some lunch. I was very surprised that the restaurant was able to make provision for us and we had a restaurant all to our selves even though they had it booked for the Ships big bus tours!

    My clients were great sports and had Phutu, Chakalaka and Boerewors which I had as well which is a really traditional dish! It was lovely.

    Once we finished up we avoided the crowds at the reptile park and I did my own tour for my clients. It was great and some of the crocodiles there are huge!

     

    Crocodile seen on our Durban day safari

    Crocodile seen on our Durban day safari

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The above crocodile was a female on a nest that we saw in the valley of 1000 hills at Phezulu safari park. Next would be the Zulu Cultural village overlooking the amazing valley of 1000 hills which is so we known in the area and a great place to visit if you are in the Durban area on a Durban day safari with Tim Brown Tours.

     

    We then moved on into the Zulu cultural village where we got to witness some amazing Zulu dancing and drumming. The team in the Valley of 1000 Hills, really put in such effort and perform for us!

     

    Zulu dancing seen on our Durban day safari

    Zulu dancing seen on our Durban day safari

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    My clients enjoyed the Zulu dancing and after the show we had a look through the shop before making our way slowly back to the Oceana Cruise ship.

     

    Zulu drumming on our Durban day safari

    Zulu drumming on our Durban day safari

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We arrived back in Durban late afternoon after what had been a great Durban day safari and after my clients had got to experience some amazing Zulu Culture, Nature and History of the KwaZulu Natal area.

     

    If you are interested in what is shown above contact me and we will area a Durban day safari or Durban overnight safari to suit your needs.

     

     

  • 31st December 2014

    Durban day safari – Tala game reserve and Zulu Cultural village tour 28th December 2014

     

    On this Durban day tour I had 2 groups of clients. I met the first group in Durban who were visiting Durban and South Africa, this family had the origins in Ruwanda and now live in America.

    The second couple I met off the ship Oceana Nautica in Durban and by 8am we were on the road to Tala game reserve near Pietermaritzburg.

    We began our Durban day tour/safari covering some of the amazing History of Durban, KwaZulu Natal and South Africa before we reached Tala game reserve.

    Tala game reserve has a really high density of animals but today we really out did ourselves as we spotted everything they had! Rhino, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Ostrich, Kudu, Nyala, Impala, Hippo, monkeys, Eland and the list goes on…

    We got some amazing photos of some of these animals as they really posed for us on our Durban day tour.

     

    Zebra all in a line on our Durban Safari and Cultural tour

     

    Zebra all in a line on our Durban Safari and Cultural tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Close to  this line of four Zebras was a male Wildebeest which is very common as the theory goes that the Zebras being bulk feeders eat the tops of the grass and the Wildebeest being ruminants enjoy the shorter more succulent shoots of grass. Not entirely true if you ask me but some truth to it.

     

    Wildebeest at Tala game reserve during our Durban day safari tour

    Wildebeest at Tala game reserve during our Durban day safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The animals being so dense on this type of Durban day safari tour means that it is all out action and you just can’t drive anywhere with out seeing some animals. This always makes my job really easy but it is nice for a change to the big national parks. As we drove over the hill we spotted some Rhinos near a watering hole. Their has been issues of poaching of Rhinos even in this small game reserve that I noticed some kind of tracking device on the one Rhinos foot!

     

    Rhinos on our Durban day safari tour

    Rhinos on our Durban day safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continued on we came across Ostriches, Nyala, more Zebra and Warthogs even Eland in the distance but I decided to return later to see if they got nearer the road. We visited the lodge for a rest room break and a look at the shop before heading out to find some Giraffe. We saw loads of Giraffe on this Durban day safari tour.

     

    Giraffe seen on our Durban day safari tour

    Giraffe seen on our Durban day safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued on and spotted lots of Blessbok and at Hippo Hide a wooden cabin which looks over a dam we saw some Hippos resting in the water. At this point we made our way around back to the Eland but before we could get there we spotted some Blessbok with babies.

     

    Blessbok seen on our Durban day safari tour

    Blessbok seen on our Durban day safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued with our Durban day safari tour and found the Eland very close to the road which was great. Eland have been for many years the San Bushmens totem animals containing super natural potency as their body is so fatty!

     

    Eland seen on our Durban safari tour

    Eland seen on our Durban safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We now had completed our 3 hour safari at Tala game reserve and made our way out to the valley of 1000 Hills to the Zulu Cultural village and reptile park. They also have an amazing restaurant with a view over the rolling hills created many years ago. Previously home to the Debe people who became cannibals during King Shakas time!

    It was in these hills we stopped for a great lunch and then began a tour of the reptile park viewing Crocodiles and snakes.

     

    Crocodile on our Durban day safari tour

    Crocodile on our Durban day safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After enjoying this part of our Durban day safari tour we moved on to the Zulu Cultural village where we got to witness the proposal of marriage of a Zulu man and girl. It was here that we watched some heated traditional Zulu dancing learning more of this great culture!

     

    Zulu dancing on our Durban day safari tour

    Zulu dancing on our Durban day safari tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video of Zulu Dancing:

     

     

    We also got to see how the Sangoma -fortune teller dresses and sees into the future of the young man who wanted to find out if he was making a wise choice in marrying this young lady! Durban safari tour be it a Day tour or overnight tour are always very interesting and a must if you are visiting Durban for business or pleasure!

     

    Sangomas read a Zulu mans fortune

    Sangomas read a Zulu mans fortune

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then moved on into some of the Zulu traditional beehive huts where we got to see how maize is ground up and beer is made, among other things which you will experience if you come on one of these Durban day tours with Tim Brown Tours.

    We then had some time to look around the shop as the clouds rolled in and the rain began to fall on our way back to the city as it so often does! Zulu cultural is amazing and really special to learn more about.

    We arrived back in Durban and then the Docks to meet the ship before I rushed home to prepare for the following days 2 day safari tour to Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve.

     

  • 30th August 2014

    Durban Half Day Tour – Valley of 1000 Hills and Zulu Cultural experience:

     

    I met my clients which were a group out for a conference in Durban, at one of  the beach front hotels.

    Three of my clients had already been with me for the past 3 days on a Durban Big 5 Safari in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve. It is always great to show off the different areas that KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa has to offer and today was no different!

    We took a leisurely drive up into the Valley of 1000 Hills and stopped at PheZulu Safari park where we would enjoy some of the views, the curios shop, Reptile park and then the Zulu Cultural village.

    Although some of my clients were not to keen on the reptile side of things they all agreed to give it a go! The Valley of 1000 Hills was once home to a Cannibalistic tribe which were chased buy the Zulus into the 1000 Hills. It was here the took refuge against the great Zulu King and his Impis (Soldiers). Unfortunately the lack of food caused them to turn on themselves in a cannibalistic nature.

    Anyway the Reptile Park where we looked as Snakes, Crocodiles and Tortoises was great and a new experience for some. It is always a great place to see some of the countries most venomous snakes behind glass and learn more about the complex venom’s they possess!

    I stupidly left my camera in the car for this one but did take it on the Zulu cultural Tour.

    At 11:30  it was time to go to the Zulu Cultural village and educate ourselves on the complex history behind the Zulu Nation. It was spectacular as ever and the Zulu Dancing and singing was great led by Chief Gaza the leader of this village who already has 3 wives.

     

    Zulu Boy celebrates after the acceptance of his marriage proposal during our Durban half Day Tour to the Valley of 1000 Hills

    Zulu Boy celebrates after the acceptance of his marriage proposal during our Durban half Day Tour to the Valley of 1000 Hills

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    In Zulu Culture you can have any number of Wives you want but you have to pay “Ilobola” a dowry out of respect to the parents of the girl and also to prove you can afford to take care of their daughter.

     

    Zulu boy consults the Sangomas or fortune tellers about his new wife to be during our Durban Zulu Cultural Tour

    Zulu boy consults the Sangomas or fortune tellers about his new wife to be during our Durban Zulu Cultural Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After the acceptance of a proposal the Zulu man consults the fortune tellers of the Sangoma and requested a look into his future. It is at this point that the man can still change his mind if the Sangoma says the girl he wishes to marry is infertile etc

    In Zulu Culture it is important to have lots of children so that the kids can help around the home, work in the fields, look after the Cows, Goats and chickens etc.

    It is also good for the man to have many daughters so that one day he too can receive Cows in exchange for his daughters hand in marriage. One son will allow his name to continue…

     

    The celebrations begin at the Zulu Cultural village on our Durban half Day Tour

    The celebrations begin at the Zulu Cultural village on our Durban half Day Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After all the dowry is paid the celebrations of the 3 day wedding take place from Friday to Sunday and the two are wed. 

    After a great performance of singing and dancing we headed to the traditional Zulu beehive huts. The first hut was a meeting hut where the men always sit on the right and women on the left in order to protect the women from intruders entering the hut unexpectedly. 

    Boys if they start using the left hand will be taught how to use there right hand as the spears/Assagais are held in the right hand and can be thrown at the intruder who enters the hut.

    Watch some Dancing from our Zulu Cultural Tour click link: Zulu Dancing Video

     

    Zulu man demonstrates how to use the long throwing spear on our Valley of 1000 Hills Zulu cultural experience

    Zulu man demonstrates how to use the long throwing spear on our Valley of 1000 Hills Zulu cultural experience

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Inside the hut the floors are polished with cow dung and the central fire sends up smoke into the Thatched roof in order to prevent the rain from penetrating the hut.

     

    The Assagai invented by the great King Shaka for close combat

    The Assagai invented by the great King Shaka for close combat

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was King Shaka who was King of the Zulus from 1816-1828 that invented this short stabbing spear for close combat with the British and the Dutch settlers. This weapon became historical as the Zulus used it to defeat the British at the 1879 Battle of Isandlwana with the then King; Cetswayo.

     

    After this amazing experience we moved on to Hillbillies for lunch also with a great view over the valley of 1000 hills. They also have a lot of craft markets that my clients enjoyed looking through. 

    Once we were done here I took everyone up to secret location which has brilliant views over the valley of 1000 hills and from here we started our journey back to Durban.

    It had been a very enjoyable half Day Tour in the Valley of 1000 Hills with a lovely mix of Zulu Cultural, singing and dancing!

     

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

     

  • 16th June 2014

    Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala game reserve, Phezulu Cultural village and Reptile park 12 June 2014

    We began this Durban Day Tour from Umhlanga where I collected my repeat clients after we had spend 3 Days in Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve. Today would be quite different with a visit to a smaller Safari Park/Game reserve outside of Durban called Three Cities Tala Private game lodge. We would also visit the Valley of 1000 hills where Phezulu Safari Park is situated and watch some traditional Zulu Dancing and Singing with the bonus of the reptile park on the side!

    I was fortunate to have clients that were happy to enjoy what ever came there way on our Durban Day Safari.

    After a short hour drive from Umhlanga(Durban) to Tala private game reserve we began the search for the animals. We first spotted the Hippos and made our way around after our to to St Lucia – Isimangeliso Wetland parks boat cruise had been cancelled we wanted to see move of these great animals. I was fortunate to catch a Hippo with its mouth open on this Durban Day Safari.

    Yawning Hippo on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014

    Yawning Hippo on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014

    As we enjoyed the Hippos we also watched a colony of Egyptian Geese cackling away on the banks of the pond.

    Our Durban Day Safari at Tala continued on and found a Wildebeest mother and Calf and later larger herds of Wildebeest one of which a dominant male was scratching his head!

    Wildebeest scratches his nose on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014

    Wildebeest scratches his nose on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014

    Durban Day Tours to Tala game reserve are very different to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Safari Tours. Tala has much higher densities of animals so after about 3 hours most people are ready to leave.

    We spotted a male and female Ostrich notice the male which is the black one is ready for mating he has pink on his shins and beak. The shins you wont see but the beak you should!

    Ostrich male and female on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014

    Ostrich male and female on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014

    As we continued our Durban Day Tour we came across some Zebras, Actually load in total through the day…

    Zebra on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014
    Zebra on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014

    The best sighting of the day in Tala private game lodge was the Giraffe we just had loads of them about 15 in total walking across the road, standing by the watering hole and even drinking. This was my clients interest the Giraffe so we spend a least half an hour with these lovely animals and enjoyed there movements on our Durban Day Tour.

    Giraffe at a water hole on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014
    Giraffe at a water hole on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014

    It was time to depart Tala Private game reserve after having a look around there curio shop and walking within 10 meters of a giraffe, we had to continue to the Valley of 1000 Hills and Phezulu Safari Park.

    It was a 30 minute drive over the rolling hills of the valley of 1000 hills where we stopped for lunch at the Boma restaurant at Phezulu Safari park. We had some great food with a view and then made our way to the Crocodile and reptile park so get educated on these amazing prehistoric animals.

    We went around with Mdu who did a good job and Trudy who was keen on the snakes got to hold a Brown House snake and a Python (both being Non-Venomous)! – So now you know what we get up to on our Durban Day Safari Tours!

    Crocodiles on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014

    Crocodiles on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014

    After all this excitement on our Durban Day Tour we still had more as we moved across to the Traditional Zulu Village run by Chief Gaza whos family still live there. This was great as Zulu Dancing and singing is so powerful as well as entering the huts and drinking traditional Zulu beer made this an awesome Durban Day Tour experience.

    Animated Zulu Dancers on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014

    Animated Zulu Dancers on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014

    The whole point of these Zulu Cultural experiences is to learn about there amazing culture and that the clients did. The entering of the Huts is a special touch which makes this Durban Day Tour a must.

    Zulu Dancing on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014
    Zulu Dancing on our Durban Day Safari Tour to Tala and Phezulu in the Valley of 1000 Hills 12th June 2014

    When we had taken in this amazing experience we departed to visit the Leather shop down the road before our Durban Day Safari Tour was coming to an end. We made our way back to Umhlanga(Durban) where I dropped my clients off.

    What a great day with Tim Brown Tours on a Durban Day Safari Tour.

     

     

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