Shaka Land

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The restaurant was beautifully decorated with drawings depicting the history of the Zulu.

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”.

At the maquette of the corral we met these lovely children.

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?).

When we left, this Zulu man was waving us goodbye.
When we approach a maquette of the corral, we see some Zulu people walking about, adults as well as children. They are all in traditional clothing and they appear to really live in the corral. What strengthens the idea of authenticity is that the people we encounter seem to be somewhat shy. We cannot go into the corral, if we want to do so, we have to take the guided tour, but unfortunately there’s no time for that. Due to my camera, that’s not bad at all, I am able to take some pictures from a distance, however. After an hour or so we have to go back to the bus, which is a shame, because I would have liked to take the guided tour inside the corral (which includes a Zulu meal and some traditional dances) and have a more elaborate look at things, but alas, our driver Gert is waiting, ready to tear up the road again...

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The restaurant was beautifully dec…
The restaurant was beautifully de…
At the maquette of the corral we m…
At the maquette of the corral we …
When we left, this Zulu man was wa…
When we left, this Zulu man was w…
This young woman is carrying a bow…
This young woman is carrying a bo…
Inspite of the good effort, the to…
Inspite of the good effort, the t…
The corral felt lived in, consta…
The corral felt "lived in", const…
Shaka Land
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