Dumazulu Traditional Village & LodgeHluhluwe iMfolozi Park, Zululand
Dumazulu Traditional Village & Lodge is situated in the heart of Zululand, near the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park. Visitors are able to enjoy an authentic African cultural experience when they stay in the traditional, ethnic accommodation at Dumazulu Lodge.
The lodge consists of twenty three units sleeping two to four persons each. The exteriors of each "hut" are decorated in the patterns and colours favoured by the different tribal peoples of Southern Africa, including Zulu, Swazi, North Sotho, Xhosa, Venda, Tsonga, and Ndebele, and the interior is tastefully decorated in ethnic fabrics and tribal memorabilia. Facilities include private en-suite bathrooms with showers, air-conditioning, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities.
The lodge is connected by wooden walkways to Dumazulu Village, where guests can watch and learn about Zulu traditions which include basket-weaving, spear and shield making, beadwork, pot-making, Sangoma bone-throwing and spectacular Zulu dancing.
The Dumazulu Traditional Village is home to over 50 Zulu residents forming part of a "living museum". Dumazulu - meaning " Thundering Zulu" - is the only tourist Zulu village to be opened by King Goodwill Zwelithini, placing the royal Zulu stamp of approval on the objectives and authenticity of Dumazulu.
A qualified guide will accompany guests on a tour of the village and explain the various ancient manufacturing traditions. The knowledgeable guide will also answer questions and provide insights into the heritage and culture of the Zulu nation.
The cultural experience culminates in a variety of spectacular Zulu dances. Dumazulu Village is connected by walkways to the main dining area and bar where visitors can end-off their tour enjoying a delicious meal, drink from the bar, or a cup of tea or coffee, followed by a visit to the curio shop for that reminiscing gift.
An added attraction is the snake and crocodile park which consists of many indigenous and exotic reptiles and the recently constructed large walk-in aviary.
Game drives into the nearby Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserves and tours to other nearby tourist attractions can also be arranged