Zululand Accommodation - Ulundi

The uMuzi Bushcamp is in Ulundi, near Ondini, the site where the Zulu monarch, King Cetshwayo, built his royal residence which was destroyed by the British forces under Lord Chelmsford in 1879 during the Anglo-Zulu war.

Offering comfortable accommodation, eight of the huts have en suite shower and toilets while one shares the modern ablution facilities.

The Magogo is a four bed family room with en suite shower and toilet facilities.

The uMuzi caters for single visitors up to tour groups offering meals cooked in a modern kitchen or over an open braai fire.

Each hut is unique in its exterior facade, but within, modern accommodation conveniences make your stay a comfortable and memorable one.

Every hut is en suite, has twin single beds, overhead fan, TV (local channels and shared satellite dish).

A writing desk is available in each hut should you wish to work on in the evening with a complimentary tea/coffee tray on hand.

Huts are serviced daily and laundry serviced on request.

In the grounds of the Ondini Cultural Museum the uMuzi has around the clock security and undercover parking for your vehicle.

In the shade of huge Amarula trees the uMuzi is laid out in true traditional Zulu fashion surrounding the " isibayo " (cattle enclosure) where our fully licensed and well stocked bar forms the centerpiece of our accommodation entertainment area.

In designing the uMuzi huts, Durban based architect Professor Rodney Harber of the University of KwaZulu-Natal took into account the diverse current styles of building used by traditional Zulu people throughout the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal ensuring a true architectural reflection of the Zulu people.

Each hut has also been named after rivers in Zululand where the different building styles occur.

Although in a malaria free area mosquito's and other insects form part of our lives and each room is equipped with the necessary arsenal of repellents.

Given that the huts are adequately defended against the invasion of insects we respectfully request that you smoke outside.

Our prices include a full English breakfast which is served in our dining room or if you wish under the spread of a Amarula tree, with binoculars close at hand, watching the early morning activities of our resident birds are an unforgettable moment in time.

Magogo hut - is built in the true traditional beehive style.

UMuzi Hut - type of hut, which can be seen all over Zululand. This one is modelled according to a hut close to Kokstad. Different styles of painting are used in different areas.

Umgeni Hut - most used style of rondavels in Zululand with its corrugated iron roof, which has been painted. The tyre on top of the roof is believed to protect the house from lightning.

Pongola Hut - built by the Tsonga, mainly from the Ingwavuma / Kozi Bay area. The walls are made of reeds, which have been collected from the iNdumo area, which is the most northern part of Zululand.

If you are in a hurry to get into the world famous Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, which is 30kms from us on a tar road, we will pack your breakfast for you to ensure an early start with a breakfast on the banks of the White Imfolozi River as the resident baboons descend from the cliffs overlooking the river to start their days activities.

In the evenings, after your days activities, you can relax around the fire near the bar in the uMuzi as it flickers into the shadows creating an unique atmosphere under the African sky.

For a more vibrant evening we can arrange to have a local Zulu dancing group entertain you while you share their beer from an ikhamba (traditional clay gourd).

Lunches packed or served in the isibayo can be provided on request.

Dinners, which are not included in the price, may take the form of a more formal roast in the dining room, a traditional Zulu braai or “pootjie” in the isibayo i.

Day time may be filled with trips into the eMakhosini Valley ( Valley of the Zulu Kings ) where the Zulu nation was molded by King Shaka and where seven of his forefathers are buried.

Visit the newly established Multi Media Center at umGungundlovo where Dingaan ruled and Piet Retief and his followers were killed on his instructions resulting in further skirmishes between the Voortrekkers and Zulus in the valley.

Day trips to the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War battle sites of Isandlawana, Rorke's Drift and Ulundi can be arranged.

Stop for an ice cold quart of beer at Prince Jacob Zulu's tavern as you explore a modern rural Zulu village.

Please go to the
safaris section for more detail on activities and further information what to do while visiting us.

We are 7kms from Ulundi where there are a number of major banks, ATM's, supermarkets and fuel stations, where you can stock up for your stay in the Imfolozi-Hluhluwe Park.

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Tugela Hut - often seen in the Msinga area near the mighty Tugela River. This is a mixture of the traditional beehive hut (the roof) and the more modern rondavel.

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