The DumaZulu Lodge and Traditional Village is located about 10km’s outside of Hluhluwe in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. DumaZulu includes a cultural village focusing on Zulu- and other South African cultures, 3-star accommodation, a restaurant and boma, as well as a bird-and-reptile park.
Most travellers head to DumaZulu for the cultural experience. The Traditional Village, referred to as a ‘cultural village’ locally, aims to introduce visitors to Zulu culture, as well as some other South African cultures. If you opt for a Village tour a guide will give you some background on Zulu history and culture. Zulu staff members, dressed in traditional regalia, will illustrate different traditional crafts - such as the making of spears and clay pots. You’ll enter a traditional beehive hut and be introduced to a Sangoma (traditional healer). Not the real deal, but beliefs around traditional healing, the throwing of the bones, etc. will be discussed and illustrated. You’ll also get to experience traditional dances - and if you’re adventurous, join in.
The Bird-and-Reptile Park contains a collection of South African birds, snakes and other reptiles.
You can also stay overnight at DumaZulu. The “Lodge’ offers 21 standard rooms, housed in traditional rondavels, but furnished with 3-star modcons - e.g. en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities. Meals may be taken at DumaZulu’s restaurant or boma.
Note: Tours that overnight at DumaZulu may not include the Village tour or other activities.
This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘southbound’ tour version that starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.
Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Transkei , Hole-in-the-Wall , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Cape Town .
This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘northbound’ tour version that starts in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg.
Highlights: Cape Town , Cape Winelands , Stellenbosch , Oudtshoorn , Route 62 , Garden Route , Oudtshoorn ostrich farms , Cango Caves , Knysna , Storm’s River Mouth , Coffee Bay , Wild Coast , Hibiscus Coast , San Lameer , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Swaziland , Kruger National Park , Panorama Route , Johannesburg .
The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park (prev. Hluhluwe-Umfolozi) is the oldest game reserve in Africa. It is situated in the North of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Province. It covers 96,000 ha of varied ecosystems. Relative to its size, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is home to the largest population of the endangered white rhino in the world with between 1 500 and 2 000.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that stretches along a coastal belt of 220 km and covers an area of 332,000 ha. It includes three major lake systems and five interlinking eco systems. It features a huge diversity of animal, plant and marine life.
IsiZulu, the language of the Zulu People, has the most speakers of all eleven official languages of South Africa. They are a people with a proud military tradition, starting with the remarkable history of King Shaka. Even today, in modern South Africa, the Zulu nation has a king, recognized by the Government of South Africa.