Alternative activities in the area would include a walk down Hluhluwe’s bustling main street to experienece the hustle and bustle of an hour in the life of a small trading town. The street traders, barber shops and hairdresser’s all share the pavements along with a myriad other informal traders selling anything from traditional herbal remedies to fried fish and roasted corn.
Ilala Weavers is a local craft outlet specializing in Ilala grass baskets which are beautifully woven with palm fronds of the Ilala Palm. The Indigenous Creations Coffee Shop is the perfect stop over for an excellent coffee fix and slice of the cake or light meal.The market at Zamimpilo is a colorful affair with a brilliant display of fresh fruit and locally grown vegetables. Zamimpilo is en route to St Lucia so conveniently located to pay a visit when you do a day trip to see Hippo and giant Crocodiles on one of the many boat tours on offer in the estuary.
The DuMaZulu Cultural Village is a 30 minute drive from Hluhluwe River lodge. Cultural villages can be sometimes disappointing if visitor expectations are for a authentic experience so it is important to know that Dumazulu is a contrived 1 hour ‘show’ with dancing and interactive opportunities.
In 1 hour the visitor is introduced to an interesting insight into Zulu cultural tradition as it once was. Bead-work, spear-making and traditional weapons are fascinating for children and adults alike and the dancing is always very entertaining. All aspects of traditional Zulu life are touched on including the layout and architectural style of a homestead and Beehive huts is explored in this interesting guided experience.
Hluhluwe River Lodge