The Venue Pages has a new competition running, sponsored by Gooderson Leisure Resorts, starting today, for a lucky winner to win a wonderful prize for 2 adults, on a bed and breakfast basis, at the DUMA ZULU GAME LODGE AND TRADITIONAL VILLAGE in the Hluhluwe district of Kwa Zulu Natal. Read this article, then leave your answer in the comments section and click the Facebook like button and you could be the winner !
Some facts …
POST AND PRE CONFERENCE TOURS – KZN
Duma Zulu is an ideal venue for pre or post international conference tours preceding or following conventions or conferences being hosted in Durban at the International Convention Centre, or any of the larger hotels. Approximately 3.5 hour’s drive from Durban to Hluhluwe, the closest town to the venue.
Hluhluwe Game Reserve is, of course where all of the Big-5 will be found and trips to this large Game Reserve can be easily undertaken in a day. Make Duma Zulu your base to visit all the local attractions i.e. the Game Reserves, arts and crafts stalls, the wonderful coast line at Sodwana Bay where you may arrange a day of diving in the coral reefs. At Sodwana, for the Padi Divers among you, Coral Divers is a PADI 5 star Gold Palm IDC Centre and a National Geographic Dive Centre situated a short drive from Duma Zulu.
DumaZulu – translated as “thundering Zulu” – offers a variety of unforgettable experiences both for those staying as guests and visitors from destinations that are further away. In addition to experiencing local traditions and dance whilst visiting their onsite Zulu village and cultural museum, the lodge offers the option of providing guests with a two to three day stay that is jam packed with a wide variety of activities. While many families simply enjoy relaxing next to the pool in the warm Zululand sunshine, the more energetic and adventurous can book game drives, elephant and cheetah interactions and more with the Lodge’s reception staff.
What makes DumaZulu truly unique are the 21 rounded ethnic huts which comprise the accommodation rooms at the Lodge. These are arranged in a circle around a central cattle kraal in true Zulu tradition. Exteriors are designed to reflect the different tribes of Southern Africa – Zulu, Swazi, North Sotho, Xhosa, Venda, Tsonga and Ndebele as well as the introduction of a new Sangoma Hut for the Zulu Village. The lodge has received a complete renovation of its public rest rooms, new thatching, re-tiling of their bar and dining room and the clearing of the surrounding bush. This has certainly encouraged the viewing of some friendly game such as Red and Grey Duiker, Bush Buck, Mongoose, Crested Guinea fowls and Bush Babies.
DumaZulu has also proved a real bird lover’s paradise. If you listen carefully, you can hear pockets of sunbirds in the undergrowth. An added bonus is the resident large barn owl that has made the Lodge’s reception area its home. Visiting birds that can also be spotted include the spotted Blue Mantled Flycatcher, Yellow bellied Brown Bul, Yellow streaked Brown Bul, Dark-Backed Weaver, Gorgeous Bush Shrike, Trumpeter Hornbills, Crowned Hornbills, Grey Wax Bill and Eastern Nicator.
Of course, the most well known residents reside in the snake and croc park which houses the likes of a snouted cobra, pythons, black and green mambas, crocs and an albino Nile crocodile. Duma Zulu’s guide not only takes guests through the park but feeds the crocs and introduces the not so faint hearted to some of the friendlier reptiles. There is also a water feature housing some of the baby crocodiles at reception to welcome guests on their arrival. (Do not fear! They are well trained!)
Duma Zulu staff are also truly proud of their restaurant which is becoming well known for a traditional Zulu lunch that is served in an open thatched dining room with the likes of samp, beans and a variety of traditional foods on the menu. They have also introduced a staff choir under the watchful eye of the food and beverage manageress, Evidence Msezane, to entertain all diners.
Highlights during the past year have included a number of community projects. A pipeline has recently been laid between the Lodge’s borehole and the neighbouring Glenpark Primary school which has been without water for years. Management and staff are also in the throes of helping create vegetable gardens that will not only feed and provide an income for local people but may even help stock the lodge’s kitchen in the future.
New exciting additions that are coming soon include a Bird Park as well as a conference centre.
Competition Corner: The time has come ….. to enter the competition, to be included in the lucky draw which will take place on 31 March 2013, simply answer this question below:
Question: What is the nearest town to Duma Zulu Game Lodge?
Answers to reach us by 31 March, 2013 by leaving your answer in the comments section below and clicking the Facebook Like button.
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