ABOUT aha SHAKALAND

Swakopmund Plaza Hotel

If you’re looking for luxury accommodation near Durban, paired with a rich African cultural experience, aha Shakaland Hotel & Zulu Cultural Village is your go-to destination!

aha Shakaland Hotel & Zulu Cultural Village, situated just 160km north of the city of Durban, is a living monument to traditional Zulu culture. Here, people from across the world and different walks of life come to experience the vibrant Zulu culture.

The Hotel offers traditional accommodation in KwaZulu Natal, featuring authentic African decor, complete with wooden interiors, thatched roofs and an earthy, warm ambience.

Shakaland’s restaurant offers traditional Zulu dishes for you to enjoy in the authentic setting of this Shisa Nyama establishment.

Less than 2 hours’ drive from Durban’s Metropol, aha Shakaland Hotel & Zulu Cultural Village also has a state-of-the-art conference venue that blends modernity and tradition in a unique way.

Don’t miss out on the cultural Nandi Experience, a 3-hour daytime adventure named in honour of Shaka’s mother, Nandi. Otherwise, you may take a cultural tour that includes the beer drinking ceremony, fighting formations, the ‘sangoma’, and spear-throwing.

QUICK FACTS

Swakopmund Plaza Hotel

  • Family-friendly rooms

  • Team-building activities

  • Wi-Fi and conference facilities

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aha SHAKALAND SPECIALS

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WINTER SPECIAL

STANDARD ROOM

From: R1 946

 *Per room per night. (DBB)

aha SHAKALAND ROOMS 

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In keeping with the rural surrounds, aha Shakaland’s accommodation features authentic African decor, complete with wooden interiors, thatched roofs and a warm, earthy ambience. Guests stay in traditional beehive huts with luxury amenities, including en-suite bathrooms, to provide a comfortable stay.

DOUBLE ROOMS

The Double Rooms for 2 adults and 2 children sharing are well-equipped with an en-suite bathroom with a shower.

ROOM FEATURES:

  • Ceiling Fan
  • Shower
  • TV

TWIN ROOMS

The Twin Rooms for 2 adults sharing are well-equipped with an en-suite bathroom with a shower.

ROOM FEATURES:

  • Ceiling Fan
  • Desk
  • Shower
  • TV

FAMILY ROOMS

The Family Rooms for 4 people are well-equipped with 1 x Double Bed, 2 x Single Beds, an en-suite bathroom and a shower.

ROOM FEATURES:

  • Ceiling Fan
  • Desk
  • Shower
  • TV

DISABLED ROOMS

The Disabled Rooms are well-equipped to ensure our physically impaired guests a comfortable stay.

ROOM FEATURES:

  • Ceiling Fan
  • Shower
  • TV

aha SHAKALAND DINING

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THE SHISA NYAMA RESTAURANT & BAR

Two giant beehive domes make up our Shisa Nyama restaurant and traditional buffet – the largest and most beautiful in the kingdom! With its traditional Zulu style and authentic setting, guests have a unique opportunity to enjoy ethnic dishes and a succulent carvery selection. A fusion of local Zulu and South African dishes are prepared in 3-legged pots on an open fire during the Shisa Nyama feast. Here, you can taste everything from wild spinach to stews and ‘braai’ (barbecue) meat.

The heartland of Zulu tradition is further captured on the restaurant walls, as murals depict the historic events of the King Shaka Zulu era.

You are also welcome to relax at our U Kamba Lwethu Bar and take in the sweeping views of the surrounding hills and Phobane Lake.

BAR OPENING TIMES: 10h00 daily

aha SHAKALAND CONFERENCING

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aha SHAKALAND CONFERENCING 

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Venture into the heartland of Zululand to experience more than a mere conference! Our professional staff are on hand to ensure truly memorable and authentic events, designed to have feet stomping and hearts beating long after your guests head off.

aha ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE

A well equipped and modern conference room is available from 50 up to 90 delegates, for banquets, cocktails or a uniquely different educational conference.

RATE INCLUDE:

  • Accommodation in traditional beehive huts
  • Conference room hire and standard equipment
  • Breakfast
  • Mid-morning and afternoon tea and coffee
  • Finger-food lunch on the verandah; braai around the pool area, buffet in the Shisa Nyama)
  • Full Shakaland carvery buffet dinner

aha SHAKALAND ACTIVITIES

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NANDI EXPERIENCE

Experience a 3-hour daytime adventure named in honour of Shaka’s mother, Nandi – this is an outing you do not want to miss!

DAILY TIMES
11h00 – 14:00 | 12h00 – 15h00

The Shaka Programme

For overnight guests, you will be commencing with Part I of the culture tour at 16h00 and Zulu dancing for 1 hour after dinner.

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CULTURE CAMPAIGN

Part II of the culture tour runs from 09h00 – 10h00 the following morning, and includes the following exciting features:

  • Beer drinking ceremony and beer making
  • Social systems
  • Fighting formations
  • The Greeting of the Home
  • The Sangoma
  • The Nyanga
  • Beadwork and pottery
  • Spear throwing
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SCHOOL PROGRAMME

Daily at 9h00, our schoolchildren are treated to the mysticism of Africa and learn more about the diversity of the Zulu culture.

Siyafunda Educational Program

School and university groups visiting Shakaland on cultural excursions can be accommodated in traditional dormitory huts in the school centre accommodation.

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TEAM BUILDING

Our team can go to great lengths to meet your team building needs – get thinking, get creative and put us to the test!

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aha SHAKALAND CONTACT

aha SHAKALAND DETAILS

Off R66, Normanhurst Farm, Nkwalini Zululand,

KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, 3816

 

Tel:

+27 35 460 0912

 

Fax:

+27 35 460 0824

 

Directions from Durban:

Take the N2 North; veer off left at Dokodweni Toll Plaza onto the R66/Melmoth/Ulundi; travel 14km past Eshowe; turn off left to Shakaland, which is signposted clearly.

Shakaland is situated in the heart of Zululand, between Eshowe and Melmoth, nestling on the top of the Entombeni Hills, overlooking the Phobane Lake.

aha CENTRAL RESERVATIONS

Location:

11 Autumn Street, Rivonia, Johannesburg,
South Africa, 2128

 

Tel:

+27 (0) 10 442 5885

 

Fax:

+27 (0) 86 865 3992

 

Email:

cro@aha.co.za