Umlalazi is a place of unspoilt beauty characterised by a pristine coastline, abundant forests, rolling green hills and zigzagging rivers. It is a world of rich natural diversity and enormous social contrasts a place where modern lifestyles thrive adjacent to a culture steeped in traditions. Its unhurried pace and mild subtropical climate make it an ideal and affordable year-round holiday destination.
Its tranquility belies its history, which is packed with conflict clan against clan as well as kingdom against kingdom. This is where Victorian Britain’s imperial ambitions and military might were shaken by the gallantry of ‘a remarkable people’ armed only with shields and spears. The infrastructure is modern and efficient and yet just off the highway is another world, living as if from another time.
Deep in Zululand’s wide valleys with grasslands fringed by forest, it is still possible to get a sense of how things used to be. Zululand offers a mix of activities: Birding, Golf, Fishing to name a few. Mtunzini Country Club adjoins pristine coastal forest and provides excellent views of the ocean and the lagoon in the Umlalazi Nature Reserve. In Eshowe, the Vukani Museum of Zulu Arts and Culture and the Zululand Historical Museum housed in the Beau Gestestyle Fort Nongqayi at The Museum Village are well worth a visit.