While South Africa as a whole is a mix of so many cultures there are 11 official languages in the country, the KwaZulu-Natal province is predominantly Zulu. It makes sense, then, when you're visiting the KwaZulu-Natal capital of Durban, to try to ... 

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Margaret H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

Learned a lot about the Zulu people . Our tour guide Wendy was very knowledgeable. A must do.

Doing what: Shakaland - Zulu Cultural Center

leonie m h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

Our driver was very informed and friendly - he took us to a variety of places of interest and finished to tour with a great bunny chow meal at the wharf - thanks to Togo our Zulu guide

Doing what: Durban City Sightseeing Tour

Christine H USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2012

Fascinating history that was particularly well presented. It certainly wasn't Disneyland, but provided a insight into daily Zulu life

Doing what: Shakaland - Zulu Cultural Center


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2010

This ‘traditional’ village was created for a popular TV programme called Shaka Zulu, and when the show came to the end of its run, the set was transformed into a hotel and cultural village. Here, the ‘villagers’ give demonstrations of grinding maize, making traditional beer and preparing food amongst other things. But it’s the dancing and drumming show that is most spectacular. The dancers really go for it, staring the audience in the eye as they launch into the Zulu War Dance, and by the end it’s a free-for-all multi-dancer melée. How much you enjoy Shakaland will depend entirely on how much you like this sort of thing. Take the history lessons with a large pinch of salt, ignore the fact that the traditional Zulu villagers will revert back to jeans and mobile phones post-performance and take things in the spirit intended… then it’s all jolly good fun.

Doing what: Shakaland - Zulu Cultural Center

Note from Viator: This review is from David Whitley, who posted a complete tour summary over on the Viator Travel Blog.

Mrs Sandra S H

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2012

The actual village was a bit disappointing, although I suppose it was the best they can get to the real thing. The Zulu guides did their best to make you feel welcome and explained village life and very proud of their heritage and ancestor Shaka. Dancing at finish was fabulous, full of energy, noise and the Zulus enjoyed performing. Try and do the meal as it was very good and worth the money

Doing what: Shakaland - Zulu Cultural Center


3 star rating: Worth doing
January 2012

This is not where the Zulu live,but the old TV setting from a 1980's TV series. The Zulu guide we had was joking and acting,not as educational as this could be with proper guide.

Doing what: Shakaland - Zulu Cultural Center

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