WOWZULU Marketplace set to ‘wow’

2017-06-28 06:00
Some stakeholders at the WOWZULU Marketplace launch last week.

Some stakeholders at the WOWZULU Marketplace launch last week.

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THE bright new WOWZULU Marketplace in the Sangweni Tourist Information Centre, Ballito launched last week, is set to be a catalyst to plug previously excluded rural tourism entrepreneurs and craft producers into the iLembe District’s tourist economy.

WOWZULU Responsible Tourism is a rural enterprise development initiative of the non-profit rural development agency Africa!Ignite and partners such as Enterprise iLembe, the South African Jobs Fund, the KZN Department of Economic Development and Tourism and others.
The WOWZULU Marketplace in Ballito is hard to miss, it is housed in two transformed shipping containers, brightly painted in yellow and purple with a sleek modern interior and massive picture windows.
Tables and chairs are dotted around outside, under a roof overhang and between the trees of the Sangweni Tourist Information Centre.

It is a highly accessible venue in the heart of one of South Africa’s most popular and fastest growing tourist destinations, where international and South African tourists can get a vibrant introduction to contemporary Zulu culture, and from where friendly tour guides can take them out to explore the scenically beautiful North Coast with its rich culture, history and adventure tourism offerings.
WOWZULU provides tourists with the opportunity to purchase upmarket locally made products that fuse Zulu handcraft with contemporary design, hear stories of the area and sample master chef Phumlani Mthembu’s excellent ‘Kasi Taste’ gourmet interpretations of traditional dishes like chicken wings, steamed bread, mini designer bunnies’, curries, or pap and chakalaka.

Experiences that will be available from Saturday, July 1 will include:

· Walk in the footsteps of Chief Albert Luthuli. The walk takes tourists from the Luthuli Museum at what was once his humble home, past local schools, a ‘shisa nyama’ and other establishments in the village of Groutville to where he died tragically in an accident on a railway bridge.

· A ‘bees and birds’ experience in Amatikulu in the far north of the area, including a visit to a passionate beekeeper and canoeing on the Amatikulu River Nature with experience bird guides;

· A snorkel tour along the coast from Sheffield Beach to Thompson’s Bay, exploring the underwater world of rock pools at low tide. 



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