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South Coast Cultural Heritage Experiences

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

KwaZulu-Natal is blessed with a very rich and recognisable, intriguing and often awe-inspiring African culture, that of the Zulu. The South Coast, known as the Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom, has made accessible 5 new cultural experiences that will interest the visitor seeking an authentically African rural adventure.

With the Nyandezulu Experience, visitors can witness the breathtaking scenery of sprawling green hills and valleys high above the sea, while enjoying the finest hospitality of the local community and homesteads and discovering local arts and crafts.

The KwaNzimakwe Experience starts with the local tribal leader and villagers giving visitors a warm welcome. Hear stories of the area, watch crafters at work and learn to weave, drum or do a traditional dance. Visit a cattle kraal, an organic garden and a sangoma (traditional healer). Then follow a mountain trail past a traditional Shembe Church to a spectacular viewing site. Another way to enjoy the KwaNzimakwe Experience is through the three- to five-day guided Wild2South Coast Walk, which departs at the Wild Coast Sun. Walks are along the untamed beaches of the Wild Coast, past river gorges, waterfalls, shipwrecks and ancient fossil beds – some dating back 85 million years – to the mighty Umtamvuna River, and along the lower South Coast ending at Ramsgate’s Whale and Dolphin Viewing Deck and famous Waffle House. The journey includes village stays, suspension bridges, Beaver Creek coffee estate and spectacular viewing sites.

At KwaXolo, near KwaNzimakwe, a guide takes visitors on a 5-minute hike to a newly discovered cave with 100 000 year-old San paintings. Umgubho Wezintombi, or the Maidens Ceremony as it’s popularly known, is a traditional Zulu event that takes place annually in July at KwaNyuswa, where girls participate in the traditional dance of the maidens to celebrate their purity and to be chosen for possible inclusion in the famous Reed Dance.


16 Bisset Street, Port Shepstone