Rural accommodation in KwaZulu-Natal
Homestead visits where visitors can stay with a modern-day Zulu family are becoming increasingly popular. The idea is that visitors will have a chance to experience what everyday life is like for modern-day Zulus than just the traditional view of tribal costumes and dances although these are embraced as well.
A homestead or Umuzi, is a group of circular thatched houses belonging to an elder and his extended family. A stay will often include displays of traditional dancing as well as guided visits to local schools, shops and village communities.
This is where Ubuntu, the Zulu spirit of togetherness, can still be experienced from being invited into a circle of sorghum beer-sharing with the elders, or consulting a bone-throwing Sangoma to communicate with the ancestors or being healed by an Inyanga, a traditional herbal healer.
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