Ilala weavers is situated at Hluhluwe within the province of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. Established some 20 years ago, with a clear vision and objective of revitalising and enhancing the age-old Zulu women's tradition of handcrafts, which at the time were in danger of being lost forever.
Today, Ilala Weavers helps over 2000 Zulu people, both men and women, to attain self sufficiency, by working from their homes and therefore retaining their lifestyle and rich lifestyle and rich heritage of basket weaving and bead work which has been passed down through the generations by Zulu craftswomen, whose modern counterparts today produce stunning works of art, sought after the world over.
Enjoy hours of fascinating experiences and relaxation where some of the highlights include the largest collection of Zulu baskets in the world; locally woven lamps and shades; witness crafts being manufactured and view interesting and unique artefacts collected across Africa.
Shop to the rhythm and beat of African music or relax and enjoy a cold drink on the thatched deck overlooking a garden of the yellow African fever trees.
Bring the binoculars and view bird species that you'll identify from our birdersboard while the children are preoccupied exploring the play area
Thembalethu craft village
This live in village provides visitors with the opportunity to experience first hand beadwork, basket weaving, wood carving and other crafts and artefacts used in the daily lives of the Zulu people.
Khaki klub clothing
Visit our well-stocked bushwear shop. You can browse to your hearts delight amongst our extensive collection of children's and adults wear. Our clothes for the nature lover are comfortable, durable and desirable. Clothes to discover our world in.
Fig Tree Restaurant
Delicious a-la-carte, the Fig Tree Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunches and teas from 8am to 4:30pm daily.
Zulu cultural museum
Unique and antique Zulu artefacts dating back to early in the last century. The displays include artefacts and dress, eating and drinking, hunting and fighting, music and dance. These and other accessories to the Zulu will be available for purchase in the museum shop.
The Ilala Gallery and curio shop features the largest collection of traditional Zulu baskets under one roof. Comprising a number of rooms with interesting nooks and crannies, visitors can enjoy an adventure shopping experience.
This shop has far too many varieties of products to mention but whether you are hunting for souvenirs and gifts, home decor or clothing, you will be sure to find some treasures from Africa.
African art gallery
This art shop, situated within the Museum offers one-of-a-kind art pieces, both new and old, collected from various cultures across Africa. This is a must see experience even if you take nothing home but memories of these unique and interesting collectors pieces.
Ilala Weavers Map:
From the N2 (National Highway), take the Hluhluwe off ramp, follow to Hluhluwe village.
At the 4th roundabout turn left, follow the signs to Ilala Weavers.
Do not turn towards False Bay / Sodwana – keep straight until gravel road, approximately 1km turn left towards Ilala Weavers.