No culture is static, especially in Africa where traditional life is constantly under threat from modernisation. Despite this, in the rural area of KwaZulu-Natal generally known as Zululand, many cultural practices remain intact and there are sites of great cultural significance to be explored. It can sometimes be difficult to experience traditional culture first hand. However, one way to do this is to visit one of the many cultural villages, or what are often referred to as 'living museums'. At places such as Shakaland, Dumazulu or Simunye, it is possible to catch a glimpse of a lifestyle and traditions that are slowly transforming. Here you can sleep over in a traditional Zulu homestead, sample traditional Zulu cuisine and Nqombothi (Zulu beer), and visit a traditional healer who can also take you for a walk to teach you something about the many fascinating medicinal plants still used by a vast majority of rural South Africans.
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The Battlefields Route in the Free State province takes history buffs on a journey through the areas where fierce fighting waged between the British and Boers at the start of the 20th century. Book your trip to Bloemfontein today and relive the blood, sweat and tears of the Anglo-Boer War (also called the South African War).
Collecting and presenting their king with cut reeds in homage to their culture is just 1 aspect of the Zulu Reed Dance. The entire event takes place over several days and involves singing, dancing and other activities designed to help young Zulu girls prepare for womanhood.
Hear the beat of a Zulu drum and the ululating of dancing Xhosa maidens. Feast on a traditional African braai. Explore the history of our freedom struggle. Visit Venda's sacred sites, or quench your thirst with a traditional African beer. These are just some of the culture and heritage aspects of our great country worth exploring.
Sacred sites in KwaZulu-Natal include the well-established Ixopo Buddhist Retreat Centre, the charming Sri Sri Radhanath Temple of Understanding in Chatsworth and the majestic hills and valleys of the mighty Drakensberg mountain range. Throw in some Zulu culture, San rock art, and myths and legends of the Bhangazi people and let the journey begin.
Zululand, in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province, is rooted in the legacy of the great Zulu nation, providing ample opportunity to explore this fascinating culture. Numerous provincial and private game reserves showcase the region’s abundant biodiversity, affording visitors an authentic African safari experience or a sample of history along the Battlefields Route through Vryheid.
Each member of the family has a place within a traditional Zulu village setup in KwaZulu-Natal. Beehive-shaped huts are built around the cattle kraal, the family has its sacred spot for worship and ceremony, visitors are greeted by gatekeepers, girls assist their mothers and boys herd the livestock.
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