Shaka Land Travel Blog› entry 11 of 24 › view all entries
Rise and shine at 6.15 am. We are supposed to wake the ladies at 6.30, but since they are awake just before that time, we are relieved of our duty. We would have left at 7.30, but the Ratten family thought that our departure time was 8.15, so we are a little delayed.
It has rained this night and during the first part of the ride another shower hits us. Our bus is not entirely watertight, small streams of water are running down the inside of the windshield. As long as we remain dry ourselves, we don’t worry too much and we can see the fun of it.
We are heading for the Drakensbergen, the most spectacular mountain range in South Africa, in Zulu called uKhahlamba, meaning “Barrier of spears”.
It’s just past 9.30 when our bus makes a right turn onto a terrible stretch of gravel road with lots of rocks. I’m delighted, because this means that we are going to visit Shaka Land. Nowadays a tourist spot and a lodge, but from a historic point of view a very important place. This IS the exact location where the original corral of Shaka once stood, the most famous Zulu king and half-brother of Dingaan. The original corral was destroyed of course, but in 1985 it was meticulously rebuilt for the shooting of the tv series Shaka Zulu, which was a huge hit back in the eighties. In the beautifully decorated restaurant we’re having coffee, and after that it’s time to check out the rest of the place. The little homes where tourists can stay are built in Zulu style, but nevertheless they look a bit artificial (did they have colour tv in the time of Shaka?).