Shakaland is a living museum showcasing traditional Zulu culture combined with authentic and comfortable accommodation. Built on the movie sets of Shaka Zulu and John Ross it offers guests the opportunity to watch a number of local customs, such as the beer drinking ceremony and spear making in the Umuzi (Zulu homestead). Guests stay in traditional beehive huts, all the while enjoying a range of modern luxuries. There is also a great bar and restaurant to enjoy with views across the Entembeni hills to take in before watching the Zulu dancing after dinner.
Guests can expect 55 en-suite beehive huts. Guests have a choice of twin, double standard and family rooms, which can accommodate up to 4 people. All rooms include a sitting area, satellite TV and tea and coffee making facilities. From the comfort of the rooms guests have great views over the nearby lake and the dramatic scenery of the area.
The property offers a number of cultural programmes and tours for guest to explore along with a range of facilities to ensure a stay is comfortable. The hotel restaurant, Shisa Nyama, serves up some delicious meals, complemented by a cool drink from the U Kamba Bar. A pool is located adjacent to the restaurant.
Shakaland is approximately 1 hour 30 minute drive from Durban.
The cultural tour showcases the beer drinking ceremony, fighting formations, the greeting of the home, the Sangoma, the Nyanga, social systems, bead making, spear throwing, beer production and pottery making.
Review of Shakaland
A poor man's Zulu Disneyland.
The accommodation was not ready when we arrived. It did not have electricity or water when we arrived and was nothing like the photo in the brochure.
After two hours we did get what we wanted but would not recommend to anyone.
If there is such a thing as the opposite of a highlight, this was it. ( The pits ? )
Mr Bill Woodcock