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The Thundering Zulu

Zulu Sangoma

The warm Zululand coast offers splendid beaches.

Zulu warrior

Travel from Durban on the N2 northwards to Richards Bay and you enter the land of the AmaZulu. The land here is deity and worshipped by those who call it home. This is KwaZulu - the place of the Zulu.

KwaZulu-Natal is a rich melting pot of different cultures. The first British Settlers arrived at Port Natal (Durban) in 1824. At that stage King Shaka of the Zulu was a mighty emperor that ruled the eastern coastal areas of the country. Thirteen years later a party of Boer families from the Free State arrived and a few years later made a land-deal with the Zulu's which led to the establishment of their own Republic.

From 1860 and 1911 hundreds of Indian families arrived. The Indian community still lives largely according to their caste system, various languages and religions. They occupy mainly their own areas with their own trading and cultural spots.
At the turn of the century thousands of Chinese labourers were brought in to assist on the sugar plantations. Within a short period they moved into trading which they still do very effectively today.

The Zulu's were the main force that transforms and created the current KwaZulu-Natal. King Shaka systematically conquered tribe after tribe. During this period he built what was probably the greatest African Army employing weapons (shields, spears and knobkieries) which was revolutionary for those days. Within 12 years he establish the mighty Zulu nation. Today the Zulu's are the largest tribal group in South Africa.

Visitors travelling Zululand will experience traditional Zulu culture at DumaZulu Traditional Village near Hluhluwe (on the N2).

Graham Stewart, a world-renowned anthropologist, has established the village as a living museum. The traditions practised during Shaka's reign have been authentically captured through daily demonstrations.

The art of weaving palm baskets, intricate beadwork, the making of clay pots and the manufacturing of spears and shields are demonstrated. It is the only cultural kraal to receive the Royal Zulu seal of approval on its authenticity.

This area forms the heart of Zululand. The area boasts 22000-sq. km. of unspoilt beaches, magnificent views and coastal conservation areas. The biggest concentration of game reserves is located here as well as the largest population of rhino's in Africa.





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