Visit a Zulu community just outside &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve and interact with the friendly people of KwaZulu-Natal. A Bantu tribal group, the Zulu are the largest ethnic group in South Africa. A local &Beyond guide will escort you through the community and share interesting insights and narratives about Zulu culture and its fascinating customs, beliefs and traditions.
You will be invited into a traditional Zulu homestead and given the rare opportunity to witness the daily routines and lifestyle of an authentic, rural Zulu family where eons of tradition intersect with modern life. Learn about the family structures, patriarchal duties, and matriarchal responsibilities of the tribe, find out how local homes are constructed and why cattle are so valuable and highly revered.
Spend time with the respected local sangoma, a witch doctor and traditional healer, who will explain the significance of the ancestors in Zulu life, as well as the tribe’s spiritual beliefs and the importance of their sacred lands.
Next, stop at the Mduku Bakery, where you get to experience the impact of the Africa Foundation and its business development initiatives within the community. Enjoy a delicious local Zulu delicacy called Amagwinya (or vetkoek, in Afrikaans).
The adventure ends with a quick stop at the Mbhedula Craft Market, where the beautiful handiwork and art of 43 Zulu crafters is showcased. It’s a great place to find that perfect souvenir of your time with the Zulu people.