A warm welcome into a real community
Bubbly, talkative and well-informed local woman Fundi Siqubu takes visitors on a walk through the picturesque Isandlwana Village.
En route you are likely to visit a traditional homestead and learn more about how Zulu families used to live.
Furthermore you can visit Bongani Khumalo. He is one of the local Sangomas (traditional healers) in Isandlwana. On arriving at his home you will be ushered into a small rondavel that is dark and smokey. You will be invited to sit on mats on the floor in anticipation of his arrival. Bonganis son will play the drums when his father dances around in trance that had been born from several minutes of quiet meditation, whilst we silently observed. With soda bottle tops rattling around his ankles and a beaded headdress the sounds are as compelling as the movement. When the performance is finished, Bongani looks truly exhausted, all of his energy has been used up in this spiritual engagement.
There is a museum and a historical church which you can visit and you can stop for lunch at the WOWZULU Marketplace while hearing a local story been told.
A last stop would be the local school and ‘Isibindi’ safe haven for small children.
When it gets dark you might be invited by your guide, Fundi, to sit at an open fire to listen to the explanation how Zulu beer is been made and the way it is shared by the community. You will learn about how the household is structured, who lives where and what to do if a neighbour comes calling and you don’t want him to share your beer!
The tour lasts 3 hours and you can experience directly how the community lives.