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Zulu Cultural Tours

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Experience real Zulu life in a rural Zululand traditional village. If you are travelling through our country and feel you have missed Africa, you are at the right place. Here you personally engage with local people during your walking tours through the rolling hills of Zululand right near King Shakas military stronghold where Zulu and King Shaka were born.

This is their country and we give you an insight into contemporary Zulu life. This laid back tour is a great leveller for anyone living in the first world. You meet fantastic people who have almost none of the material things that you possess but can show you things about life which you have probably forgotten. Meet Joe Mdluli from Isphezi Village and his family and enjoy supper as the sun is setting over the Eshowe/Ntumeni hills with cows lowing in the kraal and the Lutheran Church Southern Cross high in the sky. You will be surprised at how well you rest when there are no electric lights to disrupt your sleep.

We have packages that are tailor made around you and specific events in the area. We have been doing Cultural Zulu Tours for over 20 years and are the only tour operators to offer so many varied real life experiences in Zulu life.

We specialize in REAL Zulu cultural experiences.

Rural Zulu Village Tour DAY (R495) or HOMESTAY (R645)

Both tours are conducted by Joe Mdluli an English speaking guide. The  overnight only differs in that you spend the night at Joe's home  with dinner included and on the day tour you get lunch.

 

This is an experience that you will get nowhere else. Experience real Zulu life in a rural Zululand traditional village. If you are travelling through our country and feel you have missed Africa, you are at the right place. Here you personally engage with local people during your walking tours through the rolling hills of Zululand right near King Shakas military stronghold where Zulu and King Shaka were born.

 

This is their country and we give you an insight into contemporary Zulu life. This laid back tour is a great leveller for anyone living in the first world. You meet fantastic people who have almost none of the material things that you possess but can show you things about life which you have probably forgotten. Meet Joe Mdluli and his family and enjoy supper as the sun is setting over the Eshowe/Ntumeni hills with cows lowing in the kraal and the Lutheran Church Southern Cross high in the sky. You will be surprised at how well you rest when there are no electric lights to disrupt your sleep. 

ALL Tours Depart from The George Hotel. 36 Main Street Eshowe, KZN South Africa. Please contact us to book today on [email protected] or call 0354744919. 

Sangoma Private Consultation (R650)

Sangoma

In Zululand, the Sangoma is a practitioner of folk medicine and counselling in traditional Zulu societies.

The Sangoma philosophy is based on a belief in spirits, and have equal representation between men and women. They may be consulted for issues of health, love, travel, or business. They are also often used to reveal information about a crime. The sangoma performs a first-world function similar to counsellor.

For a Zulu Sangomas there is a long student period, similar to many religions, with an emphasis on service. After a few years of training they are initiated in a weekend ceremony to which we are welcome.

Traditional Healing


Zulu people believe in ancestors and in traditional healing. They believe that the divine healer, or sangoma, has supernatural powers of communicating with the ancestral spirits on their behalf. Sangomas play a significant role among the Zulu nation and are assigned very powerful status among the society. Often it is women who take up this profession.

Sangomas predict the present and the future of the people who come to seek help from them. Sometimes they are even expected to find stolen goods. They throw and read bones to determine the future. Sangomas generally work alone and sometimes they work in conjunction with medicine men (inyangas).

ALL Tours Depart from The George Hotel. 36 Main Street Eshowe, KZN South Africa. Please contact us to book today on [email protected] or call 0354744919.

Zulu Weddings & Coming of Age Ceremonies (R595)

Traditional Weekend Ceremonies


Traditional Zulu Weddings , Coming of age, and other traditional Ceremonies

We have the privilege of being invited to these ceremonies on a regular basis. Because of our strong relationship and links with the communities, our network identifies up to seven ceremonies a week.

These traditional Zulu weddings and coming of age ceremonies take place in rural Zululand. We drive out into the Zululand hills in search of a ceremony that we have been invited to over old dirt tracks and hills. This makes for a great adventure and as we eventually check out other guests winding their way over the hills in a common direction. You can never be too early or late – this is Zulu time at its best.

We meet the families and watch while the preparations and final arrangements are being sorted out. There is strict protocol to be observed by both families. The pre-ceremony rituals and customs are all explained to you by your guide.

These are truly colourful and vibrant real-life events are set in an idyllic backdrop of the Zulu countryside.

Zulu people are very enthusiastic about sharing their traditions with their neighbours and overseas visitors. Once you have been introduced you are regarded as one of the family and you will be surely transformed into a new world where sharing and generosity of spirit will overwhelm you. This vibrant, colourful, and joyous ceremony is sure to remain etched in your memory forever.

Each ceremony has it peculiarities and your Zulu guides will explain each part of the ceremony to you. This is great chance to meet ordinary South Africans in their environment to share life’s experiences and learn about real Zulu life as it is today.

ALL Tours Depart from The George Hotel. 36 Main Street Eshowe, KZN South Africa. Please contact us to book today on [email protected] or call 0354744919.

Sangoma Healing Ceremony (R495)

Wednesdays and Sundays 

The ceremonies take place most weeks in rural Zululand. They are very vibrant and colourful with  woman sangomas as head of a few trainee sangomas (Twasa's). You will hear people talking in tongues, drums, music and chanting, where 15 to twenty five  people attending — a really interesting new experience'. Also visit a Zulu Chemist and check them making medicines out of roots, bark and a host of other products. Buy a love potion or medicine for a particular cure. 

Zulu people believe in ancestors and in traditional healing. They believe that the divine healer, or sangoma, has supernatural powers of communicating with the ancestral spirits on their behalf. Sangomas play a significant role among the Zulu nation and are assigned very powerful status among the society. Often it is women who take up this profession.

Sangomas predict the present and the future of the people who come to seek help from them. Sometimes they are even expected to find stolen goods. They throw and read bones to determine the future. Sangomas generally work alone and sometimes they work in conjunction with medicine men (inyangas).

You can experience these ceremonies first hand! Tours leave The George Hotel  on Wednesdays and Sundays at 1 pm. If you would like to experience this unique part of the Zulu culture. These unique ceremonies are set in the beautiful Zululand countryside surrounded by rolling hills and Zulu villages. They usually take place in a traditional kraal so one can also experience day to day life in rural Zululand while the ceremonies are taking place.

You need to check out availability with our front desk and can even organise a visit for a consultation. Cost depends on your personal requirements.

ALL Tours Depart from The George Hotel. 36 Main Street Eshowe, KZN South Africa. Please contact us to book today on [email protected] or call 0354744919.

Shembe Festival (R545)

During the month of October (15th to 31st), more than 30 000 Shembe followers gather for a month of religious celebrations in the village of Judea near Eshowe. The village literally springs up overnight at their yearly gathering place. This is an absolute eye opener and gives one a chance to meet the Shembes and their Saviour. On the Saturday is the traditional prayer dance, and Sunday is the day of prayer, where followers get an opportunity to be healed and blessed by Shembe. There is a tremendous emphasis on traditional dress and dance, praise singing, and the blowing of the Horns of Jericho.

Shembe
Each year during the last three weeks of October over 30,000 Zulu Shembes gather at Judea near Eshowe to meet their Leader.

Tens of thousands of faithful followers gather and resurrect the village that had been disbanded after the previous year. In this very vibrant and colourful village hundreds of family shops spring up selling items from food to religious paraphernalia. A hive of economic activity prevails in between a formal religious program.

There are two sessions of prayer and traditional “prayer” dances performed by five distinct groups. At prayer everybody dresses in long white robes (the elders dress in green). At the dance the men dress in traditional warrior-type gear, and older women in modest black and beautifully beaded dresses and headgear. The younger women and the Scottish in their distinctive attire. No shoes, hats, smoking or alcohol is permitted.

Shembe has 4.5 million followers. Shembe, who is the fourth successor to the prophet Isaiah (Isaya), is regarded as a miracle performer in the mould of Christ. After services, thousands queue kneeling to be blessed (with a bottle of vaseline) and cured. A visit to Judea is a step into another world that is on our doorstep yet so distant to us. Visitors are welcome and meetings with him can be arranged.

The Nazereth Baptist Church was introduced to the continent of Africa by Prophet Isaiah Shembe in 1910.The Nazerenes believe in God the father (Jehova) God the Son (Jesus Christ) God the Holy Spirit of Ekuphakameni (Shembe the Holy Spirit – not the person in human flesh). The church observes the Sabbath Day.A Nazarene takes a vow that they may not partake of any liquor, shall not shave his/her hair. Males will be circumcised on reaching 18. They must be baptised in a pool of water. He or she does not feed himself or herself with all that which is cast out. (Pork is singled out strongly). These basic requirements need to be fulfilled to attain holiness.The Nazarenes observe traditional values which are not in conflict with God’s will. If you are African then African traditional values and if Western, Western traditional values. Emphasis on traditional African attire is not in conflict with God. Hence there is an uncommon way of worshipping God that is through African traditional dance with beating of drums.

ALL Tours Depart from The George Hotel. 36 Main Street Eshowe, KZN South Africa. Please contact us to book today on [email protected] or call 0354744919.

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