|Contact Person:||Graham Chennells|
|Phone:||+27 (0) 35 474 2894
+27 (0) 60 665 8833
|Address:||36 Pearson Ave, Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal|
Zululand Eco-Adventures specialises in REAL Zulu cultural experiences.
Zulu Life…Real Close
Zululand Eco-Adventures (Est 1995) offers packages that are tailor made around you and specific events in the Eshowe area. We have been doing Cultural Zulu Tours for over 20 years and are the only tour operators to offer so many varied real life experiences in Zulu life.
Our team of Graham Chennells & Gugu Mhlongo have a vast and intimate knowledge of KZN and the Zulu people, and with our expertise we can make your experience the best in Southern Africa.
Contact person. Graham Chennells of Zululand Eco-Adventures in Eshowe, KZN.
Tours depart from Sugar Hill Manor Guesthouse. Your own transport required.
Zulu Village Tour (R695 pp) / Zulu Village Tour and Overnight. (R895 pp)
Commence 10 am and finish at 3 pm. We can be very flexible with the time you start.
Both tours are conducted by Gugu Mhlongo an English speaking guide. The overnight only differs in that you spend the night at Walter Cele’s Village with dinner included and on the day tour you get a picnic lunch.
This is an experience that you will get nowhere else. Experience real Zulu life in a rural Zululand traditional village. If you are travelling through our country and feel you have missed Africa, you are at the right place. Here you personally engage with local people during your walking tours through the rolling hills of Zululand right near King Shaka’s military stronghold where Zulu and King Shaka were born.
This is their country and we give you an insight into contemporary Zulu life. This laid back tour is a great leveller for anyone living in the first world. You meet fantastic people who have almost none of the material things that you possess but can show you things about life which you have probably forgotten. Gugu will introduce you to Walter and his family and enjoy supper as the sun is setting over the Eshowe hills with cows lowing in the kraal and the Southern Cross high in the sky. You will be surprised at how well you rest when there are limited electric lights to disrupt your sleep.
Traditional Zulu Ceremonies (R695 pp)
Commence at 12 am and finish about 5 pm.
These ceremonies take place on weekends. Your Zulu English speaking guide will be Gugu Mhlongo. You need to have transport. Take good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen and water. These events are out in the open countryside.
We have the privilege of being invited to these ceremonies on a regular basis. Because of our strong relationship and links with the communities, our network identifies many ceremonies on weekends.
These traditional Zulu Ceremonies take place in the rural Zululand countryside. We drive out into the Zululand hills in search of a ceremony that we have been invited to over old dirt tracks and hills. This makes for a great adventure and as we eventually check out other guests winding their way over the hills in a common direction. You can never be too early or late – this is Zulu time at its best.
Zulu Culture insists that anyone and everyone come and witness their Ceremonies. The evenings festivities will be for the families concerned.
Sangoma Tours in Eshowe (From R500 pp)
Private Sangoma Visit (Daily). Guide: Gugu Mhlongo
Zulu people believe in ancestors and in traditional healing. They believe that the divine healer, or sangoma, has supernatural powers of communicating with the ancestral spirits on their behalf. Sangomas play a significant role among the Zulu nation and are assigned very powerful status among the society. Often it is women who take up this profession.
Sangomas predict the present and the future of the people who come to seek help from them. Sometimes they are even expected to find stolen goods. They throw and read bones to determine the future. Sangomas generally work alone and sometimes they work in conjunction with medicine men (inyangas).
Also visit a Zulu Chemist and check them making medicines out of roots, bark and a host of other products. Buy a love potion or medicine for a particular cure.
You need to check out availability with Graham and can even organise a visit for a consultation. The cost depends on your personal requirements.
3 Day Zululand Outback Tour
If you are looking for a real and complete cultural and Zululand experience, this is it. The complete Zulu experience. Spend three days in real Zululand on a tour that touches the nerve of Africa, and discover something way off the beaten track.
Here you are as far as you have ever been from life as you know it, experiencing Zulu cultural life as it is today and scenic beauty that you could previously only imagine.
- Rural Zulu Cultural life
- Zulu Village and Marketplace
- Real Zulu Ceremony (Only weekends)
- Visit Sangomas / Attend a Sangoma Healing Ceremony
- Mission station & Missionaries
- Upliftment Projects – KwaMondi School / King Dinuzulu Creche
- Tugela Valley and Mbongolwane Wetland
- Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk
- Rural Agriculture. Commercial farming initiatives for Zulu people.
- Potters and/or Beaders at work & Vegetable / Medicinal plant growing projects
- Fort Nongqayi Zululand Historical Museum / Vukani Basket Collection / Beads / Papermaking with cane leaves
- John Dunn : The first ‘White Nkosi’
- Martyr’s Cross : First Zulu martyr.
- From Ancestral worship to present day Christianity.
- Sleepover in Zulu Village for one night is optional at no extra cost
Tour Price : R 3 950 (includes all meals & accommodation.) Provide your own transport and liquid refreshments. It is possible that some real ceremonies will not be taking place. We will arrange alternative experiences. All tours are based at Sugar Hill Manor Guesthouse and accommodation is provided there for two nights. Tour starts at 10 am on Friday and finishes Sunday after a light lunch.
Included in the cost.
- All Meals
- Entrance Fees
- Tour Guides
The four major Annual Zulu Cultural events:
Zululand Eco-Adventures does tours to these annual events. Tours leave from Sugar Hill Manor Guesthouse in Eshowe early morning.
- The Zulu Kings Reed Dance – 5th September 2020. R750 pp
- King Shaka Day - 24th September 2020. R750 pp
- Khekheke Snake & First Fruits Ceremony - 23rd February 2020. R750 pp
- Shembe Celebrations - 11th - 27th October 2020. R695 pp
Please contact your host Graham directly for bookings & enquiries.
Cell: 0606658833. Landline 035 4742894. eMail: email@example.com