Situated just 160km north of the city of Durban is a living monument to Zulu culture. It is from here that people from all over the world come to experience the lifestyles, social systems and rich culture of the Zulu nation. A visit to South Africa is not complete without a visit to Shakaland – one of the most famous cultural attractions in Africa.
A traditional Zulu "Umuzi” or homestead, divides the homes of the local Zulu people and the hotel rooms.
This South African Zulu village offers a comprehensive Zulu experience, from foot-stomping tribal dancing by assegai-wielding warriors in traditional animal skins to consultations with a sangoma (spiritual leader believed to have the ability to communicate with the ancestors) and an inyanga (traditional herbalist).
It’s a worthwhile addition to any South African itinerary offering a variety of cultural experiences both for leisure travelers, tourists, conferences and students.
is more than just a tourist attraction – it is an enriching experience affording a better understanding of the Zulu nation, its people and their intriguing customs.
Accommodation at Shakaland:
In keeping with the pastoral surrounds, Shakaland accommodation features authentic African decor, complete with wooden interiors, thatched roofs and a warm, earthy ambience.
Stay in first-class accommodation in traditional beehive huts which offer all mod-cons such as en-suite bathrooms to provide a comfortable and luxurious stay.
- En-suite bathroom
- TV with selected satellite channels
- Tea & Coffee making facilities
- Lounge area with writing desk
Restaurant & Bar at Shakaland:
The Shisa Nyama restaurant with its traditional Zulu style and authentic setting offers guests an opportunity to enjoy ethnic dishes and a tasty carvery.
Two giant beehive domes make up the Shisa Nyama restaurant and traditional buffet and are the largest and most beautiful in the kingdom. Here we are in the heartland of Zulu tradition and the murals on the walls of the restaurants depict the historic events of the King Shaka Zulu era.
The Shisha Nyama feast is a fusion of local Zulu and South African dishes prepared in three legged pots on an open fire. You will get to taste everything from wild spinach to stews and barbeques.
Relax at our U Kamba Lwethu Bar and take in the sweeping views of the surrounding hills and Phobane Lake. The bar opens from 10:00am every day.
Facilities at Shakaland:
From weddings to conferences … We have it all! This is your opportunity to try something different. Visiting Shakaland is also about giving back to the communities. By having your conference or wedding at Shakaland you will be helping support over 100 families and helping those in need.
Our extensive curio shop offers a wide range of items ranging from beaded jewellery to clothing, masks and spears. Open from 08:00 to 20:00.
An audio-visual room is available in the evenings should Guests wish to watch television instead of attending the Zulu cultural experience or tribal dancing.
Guests can relax beside the hotel’s swimming pool which is situated next to the restaurant and an ideal spot for cooling off on those balmy tropical days.
Shakaland is an ideal film location for filmmakers seeking an authentic location for the production of advertisements, commercial, documentaries. This Zulu village consists of a rural homestead inhabited by Zulu people as well as a separate area comprising 55 hotel rooms. Cultural advisors are on hand to guide with the authenticity of the Zulu culture.
We are able to supply film crews with the following:
Activities at Shakaland:
Shakaland offers an informative range of educational and team building programmes designed to showcase the diversity of the Zulu culture.
The Nandi Experiene
Experience a three-hour daytime adventure named in honour of Shaka’s mother, Nandi... an adventure not to be missed! Daily starting times: 11H00 to 14H00 or from 12H00 to 15H00
The Shaka Programme
For overnight guests, commencing with Part I of the culture tour at 16H00 and Zulu dancing for an hour after dinner.
The Culture Tour
Part II of the culture tour runs from 09H00 to 10h00 the next morning.
The culture tour includes:
- beer drinking ceremony
- social systems
- fighting formations
- the greeting of the home
- the sangoma
- the nyanga
- beadwork, pottery, beer making, spear throwing etc
There’s no limit to the extent that our TEAM will go to fulfilling your teambuilding requirements. So what’s stopping you? Get thinking, get creative and put us to the test!!
Whatever you dream up, we’ll find a way of putting it together…
School Day Program daily at 09H00
School children are treated to the mysticism of Africa perfectly designed to showcase the diversity of the Zulu culture.
Siyafunda Educational Program
School and university groups visiting Shakaland on cultural excursions can be accommodated in traditional dormitory huts in the school centre accommodation.
Conferencing in Zululand:
Venture into the heartland of Zululand and experience more than just a conference, where our professional staff are on hand to ensure that you experience a truly authentic event which has been designed to have your feet stamping and your heart beating long after you’ve gone home.
A well equipped and modern conference room is available from 50 up to 90 delegates, for banquets, cocktails or a uniquely different educational conference.
Fully Inclusive Conference Rates Includes:
- Accommodation in traditional beehive huts
- Full Shakaland Carvery Buffet Dinner
- Lunch (choice of Finger Lunch on the verandah, Braai around the pool area, buffet in the Shisa Nyama
- Tea/Coffee served mid-morning and afternoon
- Conference Room Hire
- Standard Conference Equipment
The surroundings of Shakaland Zulu village are idyllic. The hills to its east offer a splendid view over the Mhlatuze Valley, where Shaka`s military stronghold, KwaBulawayo, once stood. Today there is virtually nothing left of the 19th-century citadel that commanded so much of this Southern African region.
Below Shakaland is Goedertrou Dam, on which you can take a spectacular sunset boat cruise.
- Phobane Lake – 5kms
- Mandawe Cross – 10kms
- Fort Nongqai – 25kms
- Mpushini Falls – 20kms
- Dlinza Forest & Aerial Boardwalk – 20kms
- Eshowe 18 hole golf course – 14kms
- Zululand Birding Route
- Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Park
- Eshowe Mall – 14kms
- Horseriding – 27kms
- Abseiling – 10kms
Some excellent elements including Zulu dancing, spear making and throwing. Shame there weren't more people as it had a bit of a deserted feel and rather too many opportunities taken to sell local crafts. Overall a positive experience and glad to have taken part.
Nice experience with our family, accommodation very good, location and the whole village very special, food good, staff very friendly, performance of the traditional skills not very good. Guide in the village very nice , but in my opinion too funny, should show more pride for the old tradition. Still we recommend Shakaland as very important for tourists.
I have been several times at your place. The treatment is perfect. Only the shows were better before. They are too much touristic now and cut down quite a lot.
I must stay our stay there was an experience of a lifetime, friendly staff (from dining hall to tour guides), welcoming environment and very beautiful African style decor....woooowww I'm so impressed - keep up the good work.