Culture is an ever-evolving celebration of life, and what you experience at uMfolozi Game Reserve is just that – a celebration of contemporary Zulu life as experienced in the villages around the reserve. Various traditional dances and singing that warriors and maidens use to express emotion and to communicate rites of passage, and daily rituals.
You will meet warriors clad in skins, shoulder coverings called ‘imbata’ and aural ornaments that create rhythmic sounds as the young men canter and kick. Their dances vary, including a dance called ‘ushameni’ which tells tales of boy herders performed with no drums and the men to wear shin coverings made of the hair from cows’ tails called ‘ishoba’. Young warriors also perform ‘indlamu’, which is performed to the beat of drums and the men wear sheepskin adornments.
Zulu Maidens share demonstrations from their rite of passage rituals such as marriage, ‘umhlanga’ (the Reed Dance for unmarried women) and ‘uMhlonyana’ (hibernation at puberty). The dance is called ‘incekeza’ which the ladies perform adorned in lots of beads.