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Ways to Experience Zulu Culture in Durban

Ways to Experience Zulu Culture in Durban

While South Africa is a cultural mix with an impressive 11 official languages, the province of KwaZulu-Natal—and its largest city, Durban—is predominantly Zulu, and the cultural influence can be seen everywhere. Here’s what you need to know about experiencing Zulu culture in Durban.

  • Spend a day at Shakaland visiting a traditional Zulu village, or kraal, eating a typical Zulu lunch, watching Zulu dancing, and learning about the Zulu people’s traditions of beadwork, basket-weaving, beer brewing, and pottery.

  • Visit a sangoma, a traditional Zulu healer or shaman, for a consultation using methods like throwing bones to communicate with your ancestors.

  • Explore South Africa’s Zulu heritage with a visit to Phezulu Cultural Village, where you’ll learn about spear-making and the typical beehive-shaped huts.

  • Join in the festivities of the annual Zulu Reed Dance, a centuries-old tradition where some 30,000 young Zulu women in traditional dress gather to sing, dance, and celebrate their heritage.

  • Tour the picturesque countryside of the Valley of a Thousand Hills while hearing stories of Zulu King Shaka, Zulu culture, rituals, and beliefs.

  • Follow in the footsteps of brave Zulu warriors while touring the Anglo-Zulu battlefields from the 1879 Battle of Isandlwana.

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Phezulu Cultural Village & Reptile Park Private Half Day Tour from Durban

Phezulu Cultural Village & Reptile Park Private Half Day Tour from Durban

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Discover the incredible heritage of South Africa's Zulu people with a visit to Phezulu Cultural Village and Reptile Park. Depart Durban for KwaZulu-Natal's stunning Valley of 1000 Hills, where many Zulu people still reside. The park itself is known for its traditional beehive-shaped huts and hands-on experiences like Zulu spear making. Witness a colorful Zulu dance performance, then embark on an informative tour of the park's reptile portion where you'll learn first-hand about resident crocodiles and snakes, including the notorious green mamba.
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  • 4 hours
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US$93.62
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Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve Private Day Tour from Durban

Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve Private Day Tour from Durban

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Take an exciting trip to look for Africa's famous 'Big Five' animals at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve from Durban. Watch for elusive wildlife, including elephants, lions, rhino, water buffalo and leopards. Add optional excursions for a boat ride through an estuary, a wild cat sanctuary or a Zulu cultural village.
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  • 12 hours
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US$244.14
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US$244.14
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Shakaland - Zulu Cultural Center

Shakaland - Zulu Cultural Center

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Spend a day at Shakaland to learn about Zulu life from the Zulu people who live there. Visit a traditional Zulu kraal (village), eat a typical lunch and watch a performance of Zulu dancers.
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  • 8 hours
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US$146.05
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Durban City Sightseeing Tour

Durban City Sightseeing Tour

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Take a Durban City sightseeing tour to get to know a city built by Zulu tribes, colonial settlers, and Indians who came during the 19th century to work as indentured servants. Learn more about how this diversity has shaped Durban.
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  • 3 hours
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US$42.48
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Shakaland Zulu Village & Dlinza Forest Private Day Tour from Durban

Shakaland Zulu Village & Dlinza Forest Private Day Tour from Durban

Combine an educational experience at the Shaka Zulu Memorial Museum with a nature walk in the Dlinza Forest Nature Reserve on this single tour from Durban. This multi-stop tour is easy with round-trip transportation included. You'll also explore Shakaland, a living museum that was originally the set for the "Shaka Zulu" television series in the 1980s.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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US$244.14
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US$244.14
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Zulu Oracle & Herbalist Experience Private Day Tour

Zulu Oracle & Herbalist Experience Private Day Tour

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An ‘Inyanga’ or ‘Sangoma’ is a traditional healer or shaman belonging to Africa’s Zulu tribe. On this tour, enjoy the rare opportunity to receive a personal consultation with a real Inyanga and experience the time-honored methods including plant and herbal medicines, prayer, and bone throwing, to connect with your ancestors and heal your ailments.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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US$93.62
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US$93.62
Price varies by group size

Overnight Zulu Culture & Heritage Tour from Durban

Overnight Zulu Culture & Heritage Tour from Durban

Learn about the cultural history of the Zulus with this 2-day adventure from Durban. Travel to the Emakhosini Valley of Kings, birthplace of King Shaka and other Zulu Kings. Hear entertaining and educational stories of Zulu history from your professional guides. Stay overnight in the renowned cultural village and resort of Shakaland.
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  • 2 days
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US$491.51
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