uMuzi Ondini Guest House Activities: Hluhluwe - Imfolozi Park
Visit the world famous Hluhluwe - Imfolozi Park only 30kms away on a tar road. This game reserve, being over a 100years old, is the oldest declared game reserve in Africa. It is renowned for its successful program to save the once endangered White Rhino and is now in the forefront of the program to save the now endangered Black Rhino.
Leaving early in the morning from the uMuzi Bushcamp, travel to Cengeni Gate, the western entry to the Imfolozi Game Reserve. Our staff will pack a breakfast for you to enjoy on the banks of the White Imfolozi River right next to the Wilderness Area. After breakfast, spend the morning searching for the elusive Big Five, the leopard being the difficult one to spot. Stop for a lunch provided by us on the banks of the Black Imfolozi River and return via Cengeni Gate to the uMuzi Bushcamp in time for dinner. Visits to the Park may be self guided in your own vehicle or should you prefer we can provide a vehicle and guide.
eMakhosini Valley Meander
The eMakhosini is the valley from which the earliest Zulu Kings were born and died and it was from this valley that mighty Shaka created the great Zulu people. This is truly the heart of Zululand. Guided by us you can wander around the eMakhosini Valley the valley of the Zulu kings. Feel the touch of the spirit of the great King Shaka's forefathers as you view their graves and feel the spirit of sadness as you stand beside Dinizulu's grave the last of the seven Zulu Kings to be buried there.
Spend time in the Ondini Cultural Museum
which stands on the great King Cetshwayo's capital which was destroyed by the British in 1879.
Visit Dingaan's capital Mgungundlovu
which he destroyed while fleeing from the avenging Voortrekkers in 1838. This site has like Cetshwayo's Ondini been painstakingly reconstructed.
Stand at the spring up on the Mtonjaneni Heights
where Dingaan sent his maidens to fetch water for himself. Meet with royal descendants of the Kings who still farm in this valley keeping a watchful eye over their forefather's graves. Hear from them as they recite their proud heritage and live closely in touch with their ancestor's spirit.
Experience the rich cultural heritage of the KwaZulu Natal region, from the earliest inhabitants to the great Zulu nation. The museum focuses on the Nguni-speaking peoples of south-eastern Africa, and houses one of the most representative collections of Zulu material culture in the country. Of note is their famous collection of beadwork.
Zulu Reed Dance in September
A once in a life time experience as thousands of Zulu maidens pay respect to their King.
Not far from the uMuzi is the Nyokeni Royal Residence
where you can attend this annual event introduced by the current King which takes place in September / October. The main purpose of the Zulu Reed Dance is to afford His Majesty the opportunity to address the young girls of the nation on behavior becoming of Zulu people in an effort to sustain traditional values. By taking part in the ceremony, the young girls affirm their loyalty to the king. Reeds cut and carried by the maidens as part of the ceremonies are used to construct or repair the residence.
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Health & Climate:
The eMakhosini Valley, in which the uMuzi Bushcamp (537m above sea level) is situated, is in the north-eastern part of KwaZulu Natal in the hills and valleys of the coastal hinterland. It falls within the summer rainfall region, experiencing a warm to hot and humid sup-tropical climate.
Rainfall occurs mainly in summer from October to March with the peak of the rainy season falling in January. Although the rainfall is fairly reliable, droughts are apt to occur about once in seven years. Average rainfall varies from 670 mm to 950 mm.
Average daily temperature ranges from about 28 degrees C in January to 22 degrees C in July, although extremes can reach 43 degrees C and 34 degrees C respectively. Frost is practically unknown except very occasionally in some interior valleys.
The predominating winds blow from the north-east and south-west. Gale force winds are experienced along the upper slopes of the high ridges. During the north-easterly winds in summer, sweltering warm to hot days are experienced. Cloudy weather occurs with south-westerly winds. Very occasionally hot westerly winds blow off the interior plateau causing temperatures to rise above 38 degrees C.
A cooling breeze blows through the uMuzi every evening taking the edge out of the heat in summer.