Permeated with historical sites that tell the tale of the Zulu past, Zululand is a rich and diverse region that offers up culture on a platter. For wildlife enthusiasts, the area is filled with game parks and lodges, perfect for your bush break.
Why you should visit: Established in 1895 and said to be the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa, the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi game reserve is 96 000 hectares of rolling hills, bushveld, Big Five animals and a wide variety of other wildlife and plantlife. Explore the park in your own private vehicle, or book a 3-hour day, half day, or full day Big Five safari.
How much does it cost: Enquire at https://www.hluhluwegamereserve.com/ for options and pricing.
How to get there: The park is a 230km drive from central Durban via the N2.
Dlinza Forest in Eshowe
Why you should visit: The Dlinza Forest in Eshowe, Zululand is a peaceful Coastal Scarp Forest and is one of five important natural forests in South Africa. Particularly important because of its unique biodiversity, Dlinza is home to rare and endangered birds, chameleons, beetles, frogs and butterflies. Within the forest, you will find the special canopy boardwalk – an aerial boardwalk that winds for 125m into the forest understory and ends at a 20 metre-high forest viewing platform.
How much does it cost: R40 per person
How to get there: The forest is on Kangela St, Eshowe – about 140km from Durban.
Empangeni Arts and Cultural History Museum
Why you should visit: Housed in a building that dates back to 1916, the Empangeni Arts and Cultural History Museum accumulates and celebrates local culture, history and art. You’ll find exhibits and examples of South African life from a bygone era. Such as Zulu culture remnants, sugar and cattle farming implements and authentic reconstructions of thatch houses.
How much does it cost: Enquire at 035-907-5888 for pricing.
How to get there: The museum is on Turnbull St, Empangeni Central, Empangeni
Zulu Village tours in Eshowe
Why you should visit: Zulu village tours are designed to allow a glimpse into the everyday life of Zulu people, their appreciation for the land and all that it gives them. Meet with a sangoma for some traditional healing, or visit a creche or school to interact with beautiful, bubbly Zulu children. A definite one of a kind experience!
How much does it cost: R595 per person for a guided day trip