red-coat army in a battlefield re-enactment that hopes to lure World Cup fans
away from the stadiums between matches.
nation, as military genius King Shaka brought together a large swath of the
country under his rule, only to clash with the British colonisers.
population, and their history and culture are being turned into a tourist
anchor a tourism trade in eastern KwaZulu-Natal that aims to give foreigners a
slice of history and rural South African life.
Africans, but struggles to lure foreign visitors away from Cape Town and the
winelands on the western coast. Zulu culture has become a key attraction, say
We are hoping that the World Cup will expose us to new markets and clients,”
said William Adams, a tour guide for Springbok Atlas Tours.
battle red coats in battle re-enactments that show how the British were
overpowered in 1879 in one of their worst colonial defeats.
and eat bull’s head meat and intestines.
are up against all sorts of competitors, so we need to stand out,” said Leo
Kroone, owner of Phezulu Village and Safari Lodge. “The Zulu culture is a known
tropical coast, where winter temperatures in June and July remain balmy while
much of South Africa is cold, say tourist officials.
Durban, which will host seven World Cup matches.
sleep in modernised thatched cottages, similar to old-style Zulu huts – except
for the giant television screen set up on the grounds so fans can watch
stereotyping, and ignores the dynamic reality of South Africa’s increasingly
practises polygamy and wears traditional leopard skins at his weddings.
culture at heart.
They want to come and show the gullible tourists about how the
other sides live,” says Sihawu Ngubane, a professor of Zulu language and culture
at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
most compelling story. That is exploitation,” he says.
But KwaZulu tourism chief Ndabo Khoza says the increase in cultural
tourism is simply meeting the demand from tourists who increasingly express an
interest in local life.
particularly the colonial wars and traditions,” says Khoza.
here to marvel at the Zulu prowess,” says Khoza.
the number of future foreign visitors.
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