Below is a list of cultural activities that we can recommend on the North Coast and in the greater KwaZulu-Natal area. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list but rather those from which we have had positive feedback from the guests at our YOLO Spaces properties.
Situated just 160km north of the city of Durban is a living monument to Zulu culture. It is from here that people from all over the world come to experience the lifestyles, social systems and rich culture of the Zulu nation. A visit to South Africa is not complete without a visit to Shakaland one of the most famous cultural attractions in Africa.
This South African Zulu village offers a comprehensive Zulu experience, from foot-stomping tribal dancing by assegai-wielding warriors in traditional animal skins to consultations with a sangoma (spiritual leader believed to have the ability to communicate with the ancestors) and an inyanga (traditional herbalist).
King Shaka Heritage Route
Celebrating one of the greatest ever Zulu chiefs, King Shaka, there is much to visit along this historic Route. Visit High Rock, Observation Rock or Shakas Trees, which lie in the town of KwaDukuza. The almost two-hundred-year-old trees include the Indaba Tree and Assassination Tree, where Shaka was allegedly killed, way back in 1828.
PheZulu Safari Park and PheZulu Cultural Village
Valley of 1000 Hills
An hour’s drive from The Beach House nestled in the Valley of 1000 Hills, PheZulu Safari Park offers a uniquely African experience Whether you are after a tranquil light snack overlooking the extraordinary Valley of a Thousand Hills, on a 4×4 game drive through the Phezulu Safari Park, enjoying an exhilarating live crocodile show, or marvelling at a wide variety of indigenous snakes at Phezulu Snake Park – you will feel welcome. Visitors are taken into traditional beehive shaped thatched huts, where the various artifacts, beliefs and rituals are explained, giving foreigners an insight into the fascinating Zulu culture. The Zulu dancing show is impressive with dancers in their traditional attire. Phezulu has a 1 hour game drive where you will see wildebeest, impala, blesbok, zebra and giraffe.
Midway between Ballito and Tongaat, is Crocodile Creek, one of South Africa’s best activities. Home to some 7,000 Nile-, West African Dwarf- and Slender-Snouted crocodiles, as well as American alligators, deadly mambas and other snakes, tortoises, monkeys and more, it makes for an exciting and wild adventure for all. Experienced guides will provide great insight and the venue is vast and ideal for exploring. There are several covered learning and party areas, as well as a café / restaurant.
uShaka Marine World
uShaka situated on Durban’s Golden Mile, brings together cultures, like no other place in Africa – into a safe, secure and clean environment that resonates the sound of fun, laughter and the spirit of togetherness. Choose your adventure at Sea World with dolphin shows, seal shows, penguin presentations and shark dives, to Africa’s highest water slide at Wet n Wild, Kids World, ocean walk at Sea Animal Encounters Island, meet anacondas and iguanas at Dangerous Creatures, outdoor shopping at Village Walk and experience an ultra-thrilling new rope adventure park at Chimp & Zee or enjoy a swim at uShaka Beach
Durban Botanic Gardens
The Durban Botanic Gardens (established in 1849) is currently Africa’s oldest surviving botanic garden and remains a national and local city asset contributing to plant conservation and plant-based education. Situated in the heart of the Berea, on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal, this 15 hectare botanic garden curates major collections such as cycads, palms and orchids, plants that feed us, clothe us or house us.