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Shakaland is an exciting Zulu cultural village in KwaZulu Natal that offers activities like traditional Zulu pottery, beer brewing, hut building, beading, and construction of small hand-held weapons. It also boasts of a scenic view that encompasses the Goedertrou Dam. The dam is an oasis among thorn threes that add to the striking scenic beauty.

Back in 1980 a famous TV series called ‘Shaka Zulu’ led to the current holiday location of Shakaland. This place was the set that was used for this show throughout the time the show was shot. The finale of the show ended with most of the huts getting burnt down, but the best of the houses and huts were saved to form the now famous Shakaland.

Daily programmes

  • The Nandi Programme A 3-hour midday experience running from 11h00 – 14h00 or 12h00 – 15h00
  • The Shaka Programme For overnight guests. It begins with Part 1 of the culture tour at 16h00 and includes Zulu dancing for an hour after dinner
  • The Culture Tour Part 2 of the culture tour runs from 09h00 – 10h00 the next morning

The Culture Tour includes a beer drinking ceremony, social systems, fighting formations, the greeting of the home, sangoma, Nyanga, as well as beadwork, pottery, beer making, and spear throwing.


  • Shisa Restaurant
  • U Kamba Bar
  • Swimming pool
  • Film sets for Shaka Zulu and John Ross


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