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Zululand, South Africa
Fast Facts
ACTIVITIES
Native Experiences
Wildlife
Historic Interest
Museum
 
 
Places to Visit

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Points of Interest Nearby
 
 

Giraffe in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park

 

Photo by Andrew and Jodi Tanenbaum

Zululand evokes images of beehive huts, drum beats, and mighty warriors. Yet families that venture to this rolling expanse of grasslands and forests in search of these images are likely to come away disillusioned. Traditional dress and a pastoral lifestyle are largely a thing of the past. That said, the Zulu heartland has much to offer both adults and children. You'll find beautiful crafts, cultural theme parks, and excellent museums as well as exceptional game reserves and first-rate bird watching destinations. Our top picks include the outstanding collection of Zulu baskets at the Vukani Museum, birding and hiking in the Dlinza Forest, game viewing at Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, the reconstructed royal residence of King Cetshwayo at KwaZulu Cultural Museum at Ondini, and a tour of eMakhosini Opathe Heritage Park, the heart and soul of the Zulu nation.
Getting There
 
Zululand is situated in north central KwaZulu Natal and extends from the mouth of the Tugula River north to St. Lucia and west to Vryheid. The Richards Bay Airport has daily scheduled flights to Johannesburg. The new King Shaka Airport in Durban, less than 120 km south of Eshowe, has a more extensive flight schedule.
Getting Around
 
Eshowe and Ulundi sit in the center of the Zulu heartland and are ideal bases for exploring Zulu cultural and heritage sites as well as area game parks. A car is required to reach most area attractions. There is no public transport to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. The only way to get to the reserve without a car is to take a tour.
When to Travel
 
Zululand has a subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid. Winters are mild and dry. The average daytime high is 28°C (83°F) from December through March and 22°C (72°F) in June and July. The nighttime lows are significantly cooler than the daytime high throughout the year. The area receives in excess of 1000mm of rainfall each year, most of which falls between November and April.
Health & Safety
 
Malaria, animal hazards and exposure to the sun are the principal health risks in north central KwaZulu Natal. While prophylactic treatment is recommended for visitors to risk areas, no drug is 100% effective in preventing malaria thus it's important to avoid mosquito bites. Here are three tips: 1) use insect repellent with DEET. 2) Wear trousers and long-sleeved shirts after dark. 3) Sleep under a treated mosquito net or in a screened or air conditioned room. Going on a wildlife safari? Keep in mind that the animals are wild and all wildlife is potentially dangerous. Talk to kids about animal safety. Follow the rules set out by your guide. Lastly, safeguard against the southern sun. Wear sunglasses and a hat with a brim. Apply high factor sunscreen to all exposed areas.
Things to Keep in Mind
 
Hiring a local guide will enrich your experience and support the local economy.
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