A visit to Gooderson DumaZulu Lodge and Traditional Village will have you stomping your feet, feasting around the fire and shopping up a local storm. DumaZulu, meaning ‘Thundering Zulu’ offers visitors an authentic Zulu cultural experience in a Zulu kraal forming part of a ‘living museum’.
Watch as traditional Zulu craft are created – from spears and shields which were traditionally used by Zulu men in battle but are now used for traditional Zulu ceremonies such as weddings and funerals, to clay beer pots known as ‘ukhamba’, intricate and symbolic beadwork and basket-weaving.
Watch as the village sangoma (also known as a spiritual healer or witch doctor) throws the bones, a Zulu tradition where the bones enable the ancestors to ‘tell’ the sangoma what the bones represent.
This may be to diagnose illness and advise on social as well as financial issues.
Enjoy the spectacular Zulu dancing, which was and still is an important part of Zulu culture. Traditional Zulu dancing is usually performed at traditional ceremonies by both men and women – and when the ‘izintombis’ (young women) dance, the young men clap and play the drums and vise versa when it’s the young men’s turn. And both are usually accompanied by vibrant singing.
Whilst many visitors choose a day visit, DumaZulu Lodge offers comfortable en-suite accommodation in traditional round huts arranged in a circle around a central cattle kraal to resemble a traditional Zulu Village. The exteriors of the huts are designed to reflect the different tribes of Southern Africa – Zulu, Swazi, North Sotho, Xhosa, Venda, Tsonga and Ndebele.
Enjoy both traditional Zulu, as well as contemporary South African cuisine in the Wozani Restaurant, or enjoy the ambiance of sitting around the fire-pit in the boma.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to Covid, the Traditional Village and Wozani restaurant will only be open again in March 2022.
Reservations: +27 (0) 35 562 2260