Shakaland Day Tour 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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    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.

     

  • 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.