Established some 20 years ago, with a clear vision and objective of revitalising and enhancing the age-old Zulu women's tradition of handcrafts, which at the time were in danger of being lost forever. Today, Ilala Weavers helps over 2000 Zulu people, both men and women, to attain self sufficiency, by working from their homes and therefore retaining their lifestyle and rich lifestyle and rich heritage of basket weaving and bead work which has been passed down through the generations by Zulu craftswomen, whose modern counterparts today produce stunning works of art, sought after the world over. The Ilala Gallery and curio shop features the largest collection of traditional Zulu baskets under one roof. Comprising a number of rooms with interesting nooks and crannies, visitors can enjoy an adventure shopping experience. The shop has far too many varieties of products to mention but whether you are hunting for souvenirs and gifts, home decor or clothing, you will be sure to find some treasures from Africa. The African art gallery is situated within the Museum offers one-of-a-kind art pieces, both new and old, collected from various cultures across Africa. This is a must see experience even if you take nothing home but memories of these unique and interesting collectors pieces. Postal and shipping options available.
Mon – Fri: 08h00 – 16h00
Sat, Sun & Public Holidays: 09h00 – 16h00
(Closed: 25th, 26th December and 1st January)
Tel: 081 400 0947
The Figtree Cafe and Deli
The Fig Tree Cafe & Deli is situated within the Ilala Weavers Complex.
The Home of:
- Zululand's Finest Coffee
- A la Carte Café serving scrumptious food
- Breakfast, Lunch, Teatime Treats
- Deli Fully
- Children's Play Area
Mon – Fri: 08h30 – 16h00
Sat, Sun & Public Holidays: 09h00 – 15h00
(Closed: 25th, 26th December and 1st January)
Tel: 082 045 1647
Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Park (± 15km)
Established in 1895, the Park covers some 96000 ha and contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora. Viewing hides overlook waterholes enabling visitors to see animals at close range. As home of Operation Rhino in the 1950s and 60s, the park became world renowned for its white rhino conservation. The park is characterised by hilly topography and the northern section of the park is noted for its wide variety of both bird and animal life. The park has a number of picnic facilities with basic ablutions. Hilltop Camp offers spectacular views and an A La Carte restaurant.
The Centenary Centre also offers a local crafters market, conservation museum and a take away café. Further on in this information booklet you can find a list of Safari Companies who take you on an experiences game drive on an open vehicle through the park.
Nov – Feb = 05h00 – 19h00
Mar – Oct = 06h00 – 18h00
Emdoneni Lodge Cheetah And Serval Project (± 20km)
Emdoneni has a successfully managed Cheetah Project since 1994 and Serval Project since 1998, with a vision to provide and maintain an environmentally friendly and aesthetic wildlife centre. At Emdoneni these cats – cheetah, serval, caracal and wildcats; are cared for or are undergoing rehabilitation.
Mornings: 10:30am daily
Afternoons (includes feeding):
Summer – 16:30pm daily
Winter – 16:00pm daily (May, June, July, Aug)
Rates (as @ March 2018): R240 p/adult & R120 p/child
Tel: 035 562 7000/01
Cell: 082 713 3686
Bayete Zulu Elephant Interaction
Be touched by an Elephant! Bayete Zulu have educational shows starring Rambo, Rachel and Jabulani. The interaction includes the history of how Rambo and Rachel came to Zululand, amazing facts about elephants, their caretakers and then you get up close and personal while you get to feed and touch these majestic giants. A treat not to be missed! Bookings are essential!
Daily shows: 11:00am
Rates (as @ March 2018): R500 p/adult & R300 p/child
Tel: 035 595 8089
Cell: 074 100 5221
Zulu Croc is a Wold-Class Reptile Park! Activities include Adventure Shows, Guided Tours, Walk Through, Zulu Dancing and a Restaurant. There is also a mini culture village and curio shop. On request you can be lucky to experience a night show.
Mon-Sat: 8:00am – 17:00pm
Sun: 10:00am – 15:00pm
Adventure shows: 10:00am & 14:00pm
Rates (as @ March 2018): R170 p/adult & R95 p/child
Rates (as @ March 2018): R85 p/adult & R45 p/child
Tel: 081 594 7442
Dumazulu Traditional Zulu Villages (± 20km)
Experience South Africa’s biggest cultural village. Watch as locals make spears, shields, baskets and clay pots. Peek into the world of the Sangoma and have a one on one reading. Experience the rhythmic drumbeat and dance of Africa.
Village Tours: 8:15am / 11:00am / 3:15am
Rates (as @ March 2018): R200 p/adult & R120 p/child
Tel: 035 562 2260
Duma Zulu Bird and Reptile Park
Walk through the bird and reptile park, boasting the largest free flight aviary in the Kwazulu-Natal. Once you have walked through the bird park you will enter the reptile park. Here you can encounter an amazing collection of reptiles, spiders and frogs. Overcome your fears and learn to appreciate their beauty.
Bird & Reptile Park: 8:00am – 16:30pm daily
Rates (as @ March 2018): R110 p/adult & R55 p/child
Tel: 035 562 2260
Hluhluwe Horse Safaris
Hluhluwe Horse Safaris is the only licenced operator organizing horse safaris in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park – False Bay section, a UNESCO proclaimed world heritage site. Experience, qualified guides will take you deep into False Bay Park, with its vast views over the lake, scenic beauty and rare sand forest.
Rates (as @ March 2018):
Trail 1: 1-2 hours, R495 p/person
Trail 2: 2-3 hours, R795 p/person
This excludes park fees into False Bay, child prices may vary.
Tel: 035 562 1038
Cell: 076 029 0580
St.Lucia lies at the southernmost entrance to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage site that stretches all the way from Kozi Bay in the north to Cape St Lucia in the south on the Elephant Coast. Here you will find a myriad of accommodation options, restaurants, supermarkets and other tourist facilities within the town that make your time here pretty effortless. See more information on St Lucia activities below and further on in the information booklet.
Cape Vidal is situated north-east of St Lucia and is renowned for its sport fishing and snorkelling. Drive through the park to get to the bay where you can experience a variety of game, spectacular water, forest and grassland birds and the wonderful Indian Ocean shoreline with its startling array of marine animals. Mission Rocks, a few kilometres South, provides visitors with hours of fascinating exploration in the rock pools, not to mention being a firm favourite spot for off-shore fisherman.
A two hour Whale watching tour on the ocean is guaranteed to be a soul-stirring experience! From approximately mid-May to mid-December the Humpback Whales migrate past the coastline on their way to breed and calf in warm Indian Ocean waters.
Hippo and Croc Tours
The best way to explore the Estuary is aboard a passenger ferry where you are guaranteed to see Hippo, Crocodiles and an abundance of bird life.
Turtle tours begin in November when Loggerhead and Leatherback Turtles come ashore on the golden beaches in the St Lucia Turtle Sanctuary, to lay their eggs. At certain stages during the nesting process, turtles can be approached, viewed and photographed without causing disturbance to the turtles.