Zulu Culture in Durban

By Viator, September 2015

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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 learn more about Zulu culture when you're seeing it everywhere.

Many of the sightseeing tours in Durban will include mention of Zulu cultural elements, so that may be one way to start. To really dive into Zulu culture, however, you can sign up for a half-day "Zulu Heritage Trail" tour in Durban. This cultural walking tour focuses on Zulu history in the city and province, and it also includes the cultural history of the Indian population, too  - another subculture in KwaZulu-Natal.

In a half-day tour, you'll learn about the Zulu experience during Apartheid, give your senses a workout at the vibrant Victoria Street Market (where you can buy all manner of Indian spices), and even see a Zulu dance performed at a township. It's a way to leave South Africa with a deeper understanding of the Zulu culture - and maybe some spices to cook with when you get home.

You can also visit Shakaland on a guided tour. It's a “Zulu Cultural Center” not far from Durban, where you can see a recreation of a traditional Zulu village, see a traditional dance, and eat a typical Zulu meal. Because it's outside of the city, it's a full day trip.

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Shakaland - Zulu Cultural Center

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Visit an authentic Zulu kraal, Shakaland, and watch the day to day activities of the people of this village. Learn the A to Z of Zulu life from the people ...  Read more

Location: Durban, South Africa
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.42

Durban City Sightseeing Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Experience Durban, a city of contrasts on the Durban City Sightseeing Tour. Shaped by the early Colonial settlers, see the city has developed from the ...  Read more

Location: Durban, South Africa
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $32.77

Historical Zulu Storytelling and Walking Tour in Durban

A unique walk around Durban with Zulu Storyteller to delight and entertain you with his brilliant storytelling! The Zulu storyteller and raconteur to take you ...  Read more

Location: Durban, South Africa
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $10.68

2-Day Zulu Culture Adventure from Durban

Explore the history and heritage of the Zulu People and their Kings as we take you on a journey of Emakhosini Valley of Kings - birthplace of the Zulu Kings, ...  Read more

Location: Durban, South Africa
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $349.04

Phezulu Cultural Village and Reptile Park Tour from Durban

This tour is a chance to see and learn about the Zulu Culture and it's ancient beliefs and rituals. It also gives you a chance to see crocodiles and snakes at ...  Read more

Location: Durban, South Africa
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.52

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