Valley of 1000 Hills Tour Archives - Tim Brown Tours
  • 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
  • 29th June 2015

    Tala and valley of 1000 Hills cultural day tour

     

    We began our day tour in Durban where I met me clients and we made our way up to Tala game reserve 45 minutes outside of Durban city.

    On route I covered the history of Durban and KwaZulu Natal, as well as answering any questions my clients had for me.

    We reached Tala game reserve and began with our Safari part of our tour from Durban and as Tala is so highly populated with animals it is really easy to find the animals if you know where to look.

    We had initial great sightings of Zebra, Blessbok, Wildebeest and Ostrich.

     

     

     

    Tala day tour; Zebra

    Tala day tour; Zebra

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Zebra were really posing for us and this meant we managed to get some great photos before looking at other animals like these Blessbok.

     

     

     

     

    Tala day tour; Blessbok

    Tala day tour; Blessbok

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued on with on  quest to find Rhino and Giraffe on this Durban day tour. We had already spotted the Hippos in the dam near the main gate so we would return later to get a better look at them.

     

    We did find some Giraffe all tucked away in the Acacia thickets which was not the best for getting my big vehicle through but it had to be done. A few scratches later we came out having seen 4 Giraffe one of them being a youngster.

     

    We continued our tour of Tala game reserve and spotted more Ostrich and Wildebeest even Warthogs and Impala which I did not photograph.

     

    It was time to stop for a rest room break and then continue to find the remaining animals. We managed to get the Rhinos in an open area which was great as we could see then nicely, this Male gave us the best look!

     

     

     

     

    Tala day tour; Rhino

    Tala day tour; Rhino

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Rhinos at Tala have been attacked by poachers and now all have bracelet tracking devices on there legs. This one has the tip of his horn removed and will have more removed soon. Another survived a vicious attack and survived after having her front horn hacked off.

    This is all very sad but it is he state of affairs when it comes to traditional medicines around the world.

     

     

    We continued of Durban day tour and found a territorial male Wildebeest laying in his pile of dung which is common to see as they like to roll around in it to get there scent all over the place.

     

     

     

     

    Tala day tour; Wildebeest

    Tala day tour; Wildebeest

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was not time to go and have a look at the Hippos in the dam. It was great as when we got there, there was one which rolled over sadly I missed the picture as it would have been cracking!

     

     

     

     

     

    Tala day tour; Hippo

    Tala day tour; Hippo

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video: Hippos at Tala game reserve

     

     

     

    We watched the Hippos for a bit while enjoying the peace as the Knob Billed Coots and Egyptian geese made some noise. Moving on we found some Giraffe in an open area and there was about 8 of them so we had an amazing sighting. The best part of this was that they were trying to pick up bones which is common as they need calcium in there diet. They grind the bone over the molars and eat the shavings.

     

     

     

     

    Tala day tour; Giraffe looking for bones

    Tala day tour; Giraffe looking for bones

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The above picture could be a candidate for the bums of Africa collections!

     

     

     

     

    Tala day tour; Giraffe pose

    Tala day tour; Giraffe pose

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    During this sighting on our Durban day tour we managed to spot this gaze from a Giraffe which was amazing!

    It was now time to do one last check on the Rhinos which hadn’t moved much and we enjoyed watching them from a different view before heading out of Tala game reserve in the Valley of 1000 Hills to Phezulu for our Zulu Cultural experience.

     

    We took the scenic route which on a clear day like was had for this tour was amazing, I think my clients were very happy with the weather.

    We then arrived and decided to have lunch with a view at the Boma restaurant which over looks the Valley of 1000 hills. It is a great spot to enjoy a great meal and a view.

     

    It was almost 2 pm so we finished up with lunch and made our way to the Zulu Cultural village for the tour there. We got settled in our seats and waited for the Zulu Dancing which was amazing as usual.

     

     

     

     

    Tala day tour; Zulu Dancing

    Tala day tour; Zulu Dancing

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    One of the special dance to me anyhow is the next on which is know to have been invented by the great King Shaka the greatest Zulu King to have ever lived. It is called the Small shield dance.

     

     

     

     

    Tala day tour; Shakas small shield dance

    Tala day tour; Shakas small shield dance

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After this amazing singing and dancing we had a look in a couple of the Zulu huts, the meeting hut and the cooking hut. In each hut we learned more on the culture and beliefs of the traditional Zulus.

     

     

    It was now time to get to the reptile park which has a lot of Crocodiles and different snake species.

    I decided to run the tour around myself and but the end we had picked up a few stragglers who must have thought I worked there….

     

    It was great fun and we had a great Durban day tour in the Valley of 1000 hills as well as Tala game reserve.

     

     

     

     

    Tala day tour; Crocodile

    Tala day tour; Crocodile

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We began the drive back into Durban city after a great day mixing up Nature with culture on our Durban day tour!

     

  • 2nd May 2015

    Durban day tour – Ocean Princess cruise – 1 May 2015

     

    I met my clients in Durban at the harbour where their Cruise ship the Ocean Princess docked for the day before heading to East London for their Durban day tour.

    I was lucky as my clients were ready to go and the first ones off the ship which really made us keep ahead of things during the day.

    We began with the 45 minute drive to Tala game reserve a small reserve outside of Durban with a very high density of animals. Tala is always a great place to visit if you have limited time and you want to maximize your game viewing on a Durban day tour.

    In the 45 minutes to the game reserve I covered as much of the clients questions as well as the History of Durban, KwaZulu Natal and South Africa as I could just to paint the amazing picture that is Durban!

     

    Jeff I looked up more information on Jan Smuts as I promised I would and turns out he was the 2nd Prime Minister of South Africa and he was the only man to sign both peace treaties ending the 1st and 2nd World Wars!

    See link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Smuts

     

    Back to our Durban day tour; We arrived at Tala game reserve and spotted the Rhinos before we even got to the gate. The Rhinos had their security team watching over them like hawks but fortunately we were early enough that we did not have their vehicles surrounding the Rhinos so we got great photos.

     

     

     

    Durban day tour for Ocean Princess Cruise; Rhino

    Durban day tour for Ocean Princess Cruise; Rhino

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continued on we found a large dazzle of Zebra and one solitary male Wildebeest with them with a lot of Red Billed Ox Peckers on their backs as these birds remove the ticks off the bodies of the animals. What a lovely relationship where the bird gets a meal and the animal get cleaned! I also took a video of the Zebras and Wildebeest on this Durban day tour so others could see what we saw.

     

     

     

    Durban day tour for Ocean Princess Cruise; Zebra

    Durban day tour for Ocean Princess Cruise; Zebra

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Video of Zebra and Wildebeest on our Durban day tour

     

     

     

     

     

    After this great sighting we spotted some Ostriches, Impala and had a great sighting of the large Kudu antelope. The one male was trying to mate with the females which is always interesting as the behavior of the animal changes so much.

    The male Kudu will first sniff the female which encourages he to urinate, he then tastes the urine and inhales the scent over the Jacobson organ on the upper pallet of the mouth. This will then translate to him whether the female is in season and ready for mating. Even if she is she isn’t always that cooperative!

     

     

     

     

    Durban day tour for Ocean Princess Cruise; Kudu

    Durban day tour for Ocean Princess Cruise; Kudu

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We had done really well to this point so we stopped at the lodge for a rest room break and to stretch the legs before we continued with our Durban day tour for the Ocean Princess ship.

    Our next commitment was to find the Giraffes and we did and a lot of them at that. In fact the had a huge Tower or journey of  Giraffe to enjoy and this made us all very happy!

     

     

     

     

    Durban day tour for Ocean Princess Cruise; Giraffe

    Durban day tour for Ocean Princess Cruise; Giraffe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Watching Giraffe feed is always interesting and one female actually was looking down to the ground trying to find bones so she could chew on them to get extra calcium in her diet. This is common with Giraffe and great to see on a Durban day tour.

     

    Our next en-devour was to find the Hippos in the dam which actually proved to be harder than you think. We did spot just one which kept popping its head above the water and quickly darting under. We tried our best even with the assistance of the head ranger allowing me to take a road which only Tala vehicle could take which was very kind of him.

     

     

     

    Durban day tour for Ocean Princess Cruise; Hippo

    Durban day tour for Ocean Princess Cruise; Hippo

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was now time to leave Tala game reserve and make our way into the Valley of 1000 Hills which is a beautiful area so I took the scenic route as we had so much time due to my clients being so speedy in getting off the ship.

    It was great to explain more on the Zulu people and the new developments of houses built post apartheid for the previously disadvantaged communities. We got to see how some of our people are living on a day to day basis.

     

    We arrived at our destination in the valley of 1000 hills for the remainder of our Durban day tour and we began it with lunch with a view at the Boma restaurant. Again I have to thank my guests for getting off the ship so fast as we were able to get in and have lunch before the ships big bus tours arrived and cluttered the place.

     

    We all enjoyed our lunch and we then did a very rushed 15 minutes around the reptile center lead by myself so that we could be early for the Zulu Cultural tour and get seated before the big bus tour crowd!

     

     

     

     

    Durban day tour for Ocean Princess Cruise; Crocodiles

    Durban day tour for Ocean Princess Cruise; Crocodiles

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After we were seated we could catch our breath and then the show began with the traditional way a young Zulu man would propose marriage to a girl. We also got to watch the young man visiting with the Sangoma(fortune teller) before he would have to pay Ilobola which is the dowry paid by the man to marry his wife.

     

     

     

    Durban day tour for Ocean Princess Cruise; Sangoma

    Durban day tour for Ocean Princess Cruise; Sangoma

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Next on our Durban day tour was some of the traditional Zulu dancing and it was nice to see the “small shield dance” this dance was introduced by King Shaka when he was king between 1816 and 1828. It was spectacular with the view behind the dancers.

     

     

     

    Durban day tour for Ocean Princess Cruise; Small shield dance

    Durban day tour for Ocean Princess Cruise; Small shield dance

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    No visit to a Zulu cultural village on a Durban day tour is complete with out a video of the dancing so I have put a clip below of the spectacle.

     

     

     

    Video of Zulu dancing on our Durban day tour. 

     

     

     

     

     

    After this amazing show we had to begin the 45 minute trip back to Durban after our tour. Everyone seemed happy with how our Durban day tour had gone and we arrived back at the ship on time completing what had been a great trip out of Durban!

     

     

  • 11th November 2014

    Tala and Valley of 1000 Hills Zulu Cultural Day Safari Tour from Durban 8th November 2014

     

    We began our Durban Day Tour in Durban city where I collected my clients.

     

    It was a lovely day and the weather was just perfect for a Safari and for the tour around the Zulu Cultural village.

     

    We arrived at Tala game reserve after a 45 minute drive from Durban where on route I had chatted about the History of our beautiful country and answered any questions my clients had for me.

     

    One of our first sightings was of Rhino, Zebra and Wildebeest mix with some Blessbok.

     

    These Zebra really posed for me nicely!

     

    Durban Day Tour to Tala game reserve and the Valley of 1000 Hills Zulu Cultural Village

    Durban Day Tour to Tala game reserve and the Valley of 1000 Hills Zulu Cultural Village

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continued around the small game reserve of Tala we got a better photo of the Rhinos. Please not one of the Rhinos is missing a Horn from being poached; however the animal survived thanks to the horn not being hacked off at the base.

     

    Dehorned Rhino and calf at Tala game reserve during our Durban Day Safari

    Dehorned Rhino and calf at Tala game reserve during our Durban Day Safari

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We were very lucky as we spotted a Male Ostrich which was heading straight for a female so we watched him. He displayed to the female and even got to mate with her in front of us. He then just walked away!

     

    Ostrich male does the mating dance for us on our Durban Day Tour

    Ostrich male does the mating dance for us on our Durban Day Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We stopped for a rest room break and some shopping. After my clients were done we continued on and found some Giraffe near the road. This really was a great Durban Day Tour.

     

    Giraffe at Tala game reserve on our Day Safari Tour with Tim Brown Tours

    Giraffe at Tala game reserve on our Day Safari Tour with Tim Brown Tours

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We ventured down to the dam and spotted some Hippos there resting in the water before we decided it was time to leave and get to the Valley of 1000 hills for the Zulu Cultural tour and lunch.

     

    We had a lovely lunch and then quickly went around the reptile park before at 2pm visiting the Zulu Cultural village. We got some great entertainment as the Zulus danced for us.

     

     

    Phezulu Zulu Cultural Village Dancing on our Durban Day Tour

    Phezulu Zulu Cultural Village Dancing on our Durban Day Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We also got to enter into two of the huts, the meeting hut and the cooking hut. These Sangomas were interesting as well.

     

    Sangomas at Phezulu Cultural village on our Durban Day Tour

    Sangomas at Phezulu Cultural village on our Durban Day Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was now time to make our way back to Durban after quite a good day under the African sun and after learning more about the Zulus and there traditions and seeing such amazing animals.

     

    A Durban Day Tour is always better if you hire a local guide as you will learn so much more about the area and what you are seeing.

  • 23rd September 2014

    Safari near Durban to Tala game reserve, Valley of 1000 Hills and Zulu Cultural Village

     

    We began our Durban Day Safari in Umhlanga where I collected my clients for this very exciting Durban day Tour. After covering the History of Durban and KwaZulu-Natal we had arrived at our first destination Tala Game reserve.

    At Tala game reserve we began our quest to find animals and having a high density of animals we did very well.

    Our first sighting was this Blessbok and Wildebeest next to one another, both holding territories.

     

    Blesbok and Wildebeest seen on our Safari near Durban to Tala game reserve, Valley of 1000 Hills and Zulu Cultural Village

    Blesbok and Wildebeest seen on our Safari near Durban to Tala game reserve, Valley of 1000 Hills and Zulu Cultural Village

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The pond in front of these animals created a lovely reflection and a cool additive was the Egyptian Geese. As we continued our Durban Day Safari we were very luck and came across a pair of Blue Cranes which are Endangered and South Africa’s National Bird.

     

    Blue Cranes, South Africas national bird seen on our Safari near Durban to Tala game reserve, Valley of 1000 Hills and Zulu Cultural Village

    Blue Cranes, South Africas national bird seen on our Safari near Durban to Tala game reserve, Valley of 1000 Hills and Zulu Cultural Village

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued on and got lucky again as I spotted the neck of a giraffe in the distance, after a shop shop break we headed down to where she was and located her baby as well. We were very lucky to still see the baby with some dried umbilical cord attached. Who says Durban Day Safaris are boring!

     

    Giraffe mother and calf seen on our Safari near Durban to Tala game reserve, Valley of 1000 Hills and Zulu Cultural Village

    Giraffe mother and calf seen on our Safari near Durban to Tala game reserve, Valley of 1000 Hills and Zulu Cultural Village

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Next was the spotting of this Long crested eagle sitting in a tree looking for rodents. The eye is a lovely orange/yellow with a crest that blows in the wind. It is one of the smaller Eagles but its still and eagle.

     

    Long Crested Eagle seen on our Safari near Durban to Tala game reserve, Valley of 1000 Hills and Zulu Cultural Village

    Long Crested Eagle seen on our Safari near Durban to Tala game reserve, Valley of 1000 Hills and Zulu Cultural Village

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued on as we were trying for these Rhinos again before heading to the Dam with Hippos. We still had one more spot of some Water buck a male and some females on this Durban Day Safari before we could get to the Hippos.

     

    Water Buck Male and female seen on our Safari near Durban to Tala game reserve, Valley of 1000 Hills and Zulu Cultural Village

    Water Buck Male and female seen on our Safari near Durban to Tala game reserve, Valley of 1000 Hills and Zulu Cultural Village

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We finally made it to the dam where the Hippos were and were very lucky as a young baby was out the water on the banks of the dam. We also spotted Knob-Billed Coots, Egyptian Geese and a Cormorant. 

     

    Baby Hippo seen on our Safari near Durban to Tala game reserve, Valley of 1000 Hills and Zulu Cultural Village

    Baby Hippo seen on our Safari near Durban to Tala game reserve, Valley of 1000 Hills and Zulu Cultural Village

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued with our Durban day safari in the attempt to find the Rhino which for the second day had not shown itself… This was becoming very frustrating for me but I have learned to cope with this occasional issue… We did however get a better photo of Zebra so I can not really complain.

     

    Zebra seen on our Safari near Durban to Tala game reserve, Valley of 1000 Hills and Zulu Cultural Village

    Zebra seen on our Safari near Durban to Tala game reserve, Valley of 1000 Hills and Zulu Cultural Village

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We now had to depart from Tala game reserve and head onward to the Valley of 1000 Hills for some lunch and to get to the reptile park and Zulu Cultural village.

    We arrived and had some lunch at the Boma restaurant which was open today and I had Putu, Boerewors and Chacalaca. You will have to take a Durban Day Safari with me to know what this is! One of my clients joined me and the other went for the Crocodile Burger!

    Soon after lunch we went across to the reptile park for the crocodile and Snake tour which was great.

     

    Crocodile regulating its body temperature seen on our Safari near Durban to Tala game reserve, Valley of 1000 Hills and Zulu Cultural Village

    Crocodile regulating its body temperature seen on our Safari near Durban to Tala game reserve, Valley of 1000 Hills and Zulu Cultural Village

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was actually very funny as when the wind picked up a few of these big crocodiles opened there mouths but actually opened there Gular flap as well almost to swallow the cool air and regulate there body temperature.

    After the reptile it was time for some Traditional Zulu Dancing and we heading into the Village.

    This part of the Durban Day Safari for me is the most exciting and my clients loved it.

     

    Zulu Dancing seen on our Safari near Durban to Tala game reserve, Valley of 1000 Hills and Zulu Cultural Village

    Zulu Dancing seen on our Safari near Durban to Tala game reserve, Valley of 1000 Hills and Zulu Cultural Village

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Again you know were my camera was focused. We also had some time to enter into the traditional huts and taste some Umqumboti – traditional Zulu beer. It was now coming to the end of our Safari near Durban and we headed back out to the shops to see what the clients could take back home as gifts.

     

    Zulu Dancing picture 2 seen on our Safari near Durban to Tala game reserve, Valley of 1000 Hills and Zulu Cultural Village

    Zulu Dancing picture 2 seen on our Safari near Durban to Tala game reserve, Valley of 1000 Hills and Zulu Cultural Village

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After a small bit of shopping we began our drive back to Durban/Umhlanga to return the clients to civilization. It had been a fantastic Safari near Durban and we all enjoyed the experience.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 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!