- Location: South Africa
- Best Time to Visit: All over the year
- How to reach: You can reach both Eshowe and Empangeni from the major cities like Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, and other places. Road transport is well developed and buses, cars, and four-wheelers ply between the Eshowe and Empangeni and the Zulu villages
- Nearest International Airport: Durban International Airport
- Time required for sightseeing: 1 day
This is the true African experience! Even visits to the most treasured historical sites fade in comparison when you get a chance to live life in the way it was lived thousands of years back, uncorrupted — not just relive it through your studies and imagination. You cannot afford to miss a visit to the Zulu settlements of the Cultural Villages of South America. It is also a great chance to understand and know about the rich Zulu and other tribal cultures of Africa. A trip to any of the cultural villages will be a learning experience for you and will provide you a deep insight into the tribal lifestyle and tradition.
South Africa is famous for its Zulu tradition and culture. The Zulus are one of the oldest tribal communities in the world and are known for their courage and fighting spirit. They also have a rich culture and tradition. By making a trip to the Zulu villages, you can spend time with these people and have a truly enjoying and learning experience. Most of the cultural villages in South Africa are located in the southern Zululand region in Eshowe and Empangeni areas. By going to these villages, you get an opportunity to witness the traditional lifestyle of the ‘Zulus’ as it used to be practiced since ancient times. One of the well known cultural villages that you should visit is the Kwabhekithunga Zulu Cultural Village. It is a type of self-help project started by the Zulu tribes to conserve their culture and tradition. Some other renowned cultural villages are Ebutsini Swazi Village, Nyani Tribal Village, Sizanani Village and Sun City Multi-Cultural Village and so on.
A tour to the South Africa Cultural Villages will simply offer a charm and delight and also a deep insight into the rich heritage of the tribal communities. The tourist board, as well as numerous travel agencies, offer tours to these cultural villages. There are guides who accompany you and offer valuable information about the tradition and lifestyle of the Zulus. You can witness tribal dances and stick fighting and spear-throwing events. Other customs like forging of spearheads, basket weaving or the brewing of local Zulu beer are also demonstrated. You can also visit the Sangoma, who is the fortune and healer. The Sangoma can predict your future by using a heap of small animal bones.
You can also buy a wide range of tribal handicrafts and local artifacts from the local Zulu markets. A visit to the local Zulu markets will be a real learning experience as you will be able to know about the customs and the lifestyle. Most tours also consist of a grand feast where authentic Zulu cuisine is served.
Reaching the cultural villages in South Africa is very easy. You can reach both Eshowe and Empangeni from the major cities like Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, and other places. Road transport is well developed and buses, cars, and four-wheelers ply between the Eshowe and Empangeni and the Zulu villages. Lodging facilities are available and you can enjoy pleasant facilities in them.
Related Links :
http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=CK_Of8LCF-Y: For a magical overview of a visit to the famous Lesidi Cultural Village in South Africa, watch this video!
http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=44jbEugY3ZU: To find out how it feels to be a visitor in a Zulu village of South Africa, watch this video!