Situated in Botha's Hill, in the majestic and vibrant nation of South Africa, there lies a magical place known as The Valley of 1,000 Hills. Situated thirty-five kilometres from Durban, PheZulu is a safari park, with several exciting features on offer.
Being a safari park, it has accommodation and game drives available. If you partake in a game drive, you may be lucky enough to see zebra, giraffe, impala, blesbok and wildebeest. Other animals you can visit whilst there are in the Crocodile Park and the Snake Park – on my visit, I only had limited time, so I was unable to experience these but having been on game drives before in other areas of South Africa, I can attest that a game drive is well worth the experience to see these wonderful creatures up close and in their natural habitat. Nothing is more beautiful than having a giraffe glide behind your jeep slowly with long-lashed eyes, looking around placidly, chewing on leaves.
What I did experience there is something I have never had the chance to experience anywhere else - a traditional zulu dance. Members of the Gasa clan, something they have kindly shared with visitors for the past thirty years, perform the dance. It is impossible to forget this experience, as the story of a young warrior and young maiden is told through dance and theatre, and an older one teaches a young witch doctor. The dance tells the story of the courtship and marriage of the warrior and maiden. The dance is lovely and the day I went, my family and I were lucky enough to get a private tour of the beehive shaped huts after the dance, as well as photos with members of the clan, who were extremely lovely.
There are four show times for these dances: 10:00, 11:30, 14:00 and 15:30.
Following the dance, you can go to one of two restaurants for a bite to eat. The choices are: Crocotilians, which serves a variety of foods that will suit everyone, including traditional African cuisine, and Mbizo, a traditional boma-style restaurant. This option serves barbeques and the traditional potjie (pronounced poi-kie) pot meals, which are cooked on an open fire.