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Shakaland

Open year round
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The Basics

Shakaland offers cultural tours and two daily tours known as the Nandi Experience. Throughout the tours, you can learn about the village’s namesake King Shaka Zulu, take part in traditional workshops, sample food and beer, and enjoy tribal performances.xa0

If you are visiting from Durban, the village’s out-of-the-way location and complex cultural intricacies make it best to visit with transportation and a guide to help interpret the sights and traditions. Plus, your guide can share the backstory of the village—it was originally created as the set for a TV show.

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Shakaland - Zulu Cultural Center
Shakaland - Zulu Cultural Center
$146.67 per adult
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Our driver and her colleague, were...
Our driver and her colleague, were brilliant! Very insightful and helped us learn about the country/culture. The tour to Shakaland was interesting Little disappointed that it was a village built specifically for the film, zulu dawn - not a 'real' village. However putting it to good use now and expanding on it.
Rachel R, Aug 2017

Recent reviews from experiences in Durban

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mmontlake, Feb 2020
Richards Bay Shore Excursion: Shakaland Cultural Experience Tour
Great day out with our guide Tembe who was very informative about the Zulu history and way of life. Living museum at Shakaland very good as was the performance of traditional dances.
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very nice experience
lamvoiemg, Feb 2020
Richards Bay Shore Excursion: Shakaland Cultural Experience Tour
Learning about the zulu people was very interesting, learning about their culture, their way of life, their traditions even in the modern world. The lunch included was excellent and in a nice setting. wonderful day with a guide who is a zulu himself spoke to us about his life now in the modern world. VERY NICE TRIP.
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This girl was simply the best...
beverly b, Nov 2016
Shakaland - Zulu Cultural Center
This girl was simply the best outstanding awesome amazing young lady ran the tour more than efficiently and the bartender kept a couple throughout the day
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It was highly educative and...
Michael C, Jun 2015
Shakaland - Zulu Cultural Center
It was highly educative and specially fun! We loved the experience, specially the knowledge of our guide! Awesome! In the way to the complex the guide would fill us with various historic facts and small details that turned this visit something special! On the complex, all was very organized and extremely fun! I highly recommend this tour!!!
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Amazing experience, private tour...
Karl F, Jan 2018
Richards Bay Shore Excursion: Shakaland Cultural Experience Tour
Amazing experience, private tour with our best guide China pick up from the cruise ship ahead of time, driving from Richards Bay to Dumazulu cultural village, a two hour drive to see surrounding villages, forests, China being very informative every moment, lovely lunch at the Dumazulu before our tour through the village, watching speer making, masque, and of course the dance performances just amazing. Highly recommend this tour - especially our guide China
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Learned a lot about the Zulu people...
Margaret H, Jan 2015
Shakaland - Zulu Cultural Center
Learned a lot about the Zulu people . Our tour guide Wendy was very knowledgeable. A must do.
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Fascination and a wonderful cultural...
Brenda G, Aug 2013
Shakaland - Zulu Cultural Center
Fascination and a wonderful cultural experience.
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Perfect nothing to be signalled...
Fiore L, Dec 2011
Shakaland - Zulu Cultural Center
Perfect nothing to be signalled, beautiful and interesting excursion

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Shakaland is popular among those who want a better understanding of Zulu culture.
  • Overnight accommodations and restaurants are available.
  • Shakaland offers wheelchair-accessible activities and accommodations.
  • You can purchase souvenirs and gifts at Shakaland.
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How to Get There

Located 12 miles (20 kilometers) outside of Eshowe on R66 and an approximately 2-hour drive from Durban (follow the N2 to R66), Shakaland can be reached by car or on a guided tour. Taking a tour lets you skip the hassle of navigating the foreign roads and enjoy the sights along the way.

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When to Get There

The region’s temperate climate makes Shakaland pleasant all year round, and it provides a nice escape from Durban’s humidity and heat during the summer months (December through March). You can visit Shakaland at any time of the day, but if you want to catch the Nandi Experience—a village immersion adventure—it is offered from 11am–2pm and again from 12pm–3pm.

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Wildcard

Staying Overnight in Shakaland Shakaland is dotted with traditional beehive style huts that provide a combination of history and luxury for overnight guests. Thatched roofs and tribal decor are paired with modern amenities and comfortable beds, creating an experience that suits an array of tastes and comfort levels. Staying on-site means you can stick around for after-dinner performances without worrying about transportation home and enjoy morning activities.

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