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Shakaland Tours and Activities

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Shakaland

Zulus form the largest ethnic group in the Rainbow Nation of South Africa, and the province of KwaZulu-Natal (formerly Zululand) is their heartland. Shakaland is an open-air museum, or “cultural village” providing a first class introduction to Zulu culture. It tells the tale of its namesake, the famous warrior king Shaka, who fought both tribal rivals to finally become the area’s uncontested ruler, as well as later Zulus who fought colonial aggressors.

But it’s not all spears and battles. Shakaland gives an overview of all aspects of Zulu culture, including tribal social structures, music, dances and ceremonies. You’ll also see how the distinctive colorful Zulu beadwork is made, as well as traditional beer, an important component in festivities. All of this in an authentic village, in what is still very much a vibrant, living community of Zulus, supervised by the local chief.

Practical Info

Shakaland is around two hours’ drive north of Durban, near the town of Eshowe. The way is well signposted from there, and facilities include overnight accommodation in traditional “beehive” huts.

Address: Nkwalini, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Hours: Open year round
Admission: R99
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$131.26
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$131.26
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Private Guided Cultural Day Tour of Shakaland Zulu Village

Private Guided Cultural Day Tour of Shakaland Zulu Village

Shakaland Zulu Cultural Village is a living monument to Zulu culture and captures the essence of this great nation’s lifestyle, social systems, and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Shakaland provides you with a glimpse of daily village life and unique cultural experiences; from exuberant tribal dancing to visits to a traditional sangoma (spiritual leader) and an inyanga (traditional herbalist). Shakaland has been hailed as one of the best Zulu experiences on the continent. Visitors are invited to attend and even participate in a traditional ceremony, learn more about the customs of these fascinating folks, taste some of the homemade beer that is characterized by its density, and one-of-a-kind flavor and many more to experience on this fascinating tour. *Discover the various traditions at Shakaland Zulu Village Tour *Watch a fantastic performance of Zulu dancers as you sample Zulu beer *Comprehensive tour of Shakaland Zulu Cultural Village with a professional local guide.
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  • 9 hours
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$243.98
Price varies by group size
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$243.98
Price varies by group size

4 Night Zulu Culture, Battlefields & Wildlife Tour

4 Night Zulu Culture, Battlefields & Wildlife Tour

This is an comprehensive and detailed tour of Kwa Zulu Natal offering both culture, Isandlwana & Rorkes' drift battlefields where Zulus and British fought on 22 January 1879, and close encounter with wildlife such as the BIG 5. We have brilliant tour guides who are knowledgeable in both culture, history and South African wildlife. Lunch, dinner and breakfast included in the package.
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  • 4 days
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$1,536.34
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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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$467.58
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What are Shakaland hours of operation?
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Shakaland hours of operation: Open year round. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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