Eshowe Offers Visitors a Variety of Unusual Attractions
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Eshowe, a town set on a hill, is situated around a 250 hectare indigenous coastal scarp forest. Eshowe offers visitors a variety of unusual attractions, the most striking being the Dlinza Forest itself, with hiking trails and picnic spots and the magnificent Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk.
The Boardwalk, the first of its kind in Southern Africa and exclusive to Eshowe, is a 150 metre walkway built above the forest floor, which allows visitors to view the flora, fauna and avifauna at a comfortable level. It ends with a 20 metre high tower, offering dramatic views of both the forest canopy and surrounding countryside. The Boardwalk employs a number of trained birding guides who are available to show visitors some of the delights of the forest.
Here one can spot the shy Narina Trogon or see Long-Crested Eagles, as well as the rare Spotted Thrush and many other forest dwellers. The Ironwoods, Wild Plums and other forest giants give shelter to orchids, clivias, bushbuck, duiker, narina trogons, Delegorgue’s pigeon and wood owls. One hundred and eighty different wildflower species blossom in the grasslands, and Eshowe is one of very few towns in the country which has trees in flower every day of the year!
Eshowe offers a window on history as it is the oldest town in Zululand. King Cetshwayo was born and died here and it was King Mpande who first invited the Norwegian missionary, Reverend Ommund Oftebro, to set up his mission station here in 1861, thereby forever changing the face of Eshowe.
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Sugar Hill Manor Guesthouse:
Sugar Hill Manor Guesthouse in Eshowe is set in a large, comfortable, 100-year-old Victorian home with magnificent country views – an ideal spot for families or small groups.
We have a beautiful and spacious garden with all sorts of indigenous plants and trees. Sit back on the large veranda with a fantastic view of the rolling hills of Zululand. There is large lounge area/TV room, free Wi-Fi access, patio braai area and lots of space to relax.
We are fairly close to town and all Tourist attractions and have been actively involved in the tourist industry and operate Zululand Eco-Adventures which offer birding, cultural & agricultural tours. Trekking across country and forests can also be organised.
We enjoy people and live in a very happy environment. Meals and takeaway lunches are available with reasonable notice. Nattaya can cook your Thai cuisine and give you a Thai massage for complete relaxation.
Your Host is Graham Chennells ably assisted by his wife Nattaya. Graham, a born and bred Zululander, has an intimate knowledge of the Zulu people and has been involved in community projects for many years. He has been Mayor of Eshowe, and is a Rotarian (President), a businessman, paratrooper, former singles Duzi Canoe Race winner, Brewmaster, farmer and retired sportsman.
Graham has travelled extensively over the last 10 years backpacking to places like Cuba, India, China, Burma/Mynamar, Borneo, Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela and recently boated 4000 kms up the Amazon. He Would love to hear your stories. He is also interested in meditation & awareness as these are topics that are going to feature more and more in our lives.
He is actively involved in community projects such as ECAG classroom project, Cunina Zulu Trust orphanage, Yebo Imitate for handicapped children and many more. He has the time to show you what’s going on in and around Eshowe.
The George Hotel:
Welcome to The George Hotel in Eshowe. ‘The George’ as it is affectionately known, is a comfortable and friendly country hotel and is an ideal stopover for businessmen and travellers. It is a family run business and has a lot to offer. Recently renovated with interior design by Peter Engblom, you will find yourself kept in wonder as the pictures of Zulu heritage and history take you back in time.
Some of our facilities include:
The Quarters Restaurant
Peter Engblom Art Gallery
Mama Zulu House of Coffee
The Zululand Brewery
Free High Speed Internet / Wi-Fi
King Shaka International Airport transfers
24 Hours access
Accommodates large groups (90)
The Zululand Backpackers in Eshowe is a great spot to relax, have fun, or explore rural Zululand. With its unique jungle setting and vibrant atmosphere, it is the place to be in Zululand! There are all sorts of things that you can do on your own, as well as a number of guided cultural and adventure tours and activities, including agricultural tours and overland trekking excursions.
This Backpackers has been operating for more than 25 years. Our new venue is smaller and more comfortable than most, and although it is in the middle of an African forest it is within a short walking distance of the town centre and all Eshowe’s other tourist attractions.
Zululand Eco-Adventures operates from the same address, so although there are many things you can do on your own, we can give you great advice and also offer tours where you can meet the locals.
Daily tours, hikes and birding
Close to shops, banks and Post Office
Good access to medical facilities
24 hours access & secure parking
Free high speed internet / Wi-Fi
101 Things to do in Eshowe:
This is the official list of ‘101 Things to do in Eshowe’
Eshowe is a most unusual town with a most unusual history. Not surprising, then, that it has a wide variety of experiences to offer the visitor; real Zulu cultural experiences, rich history, unequalled birding sites, 4 x 4 trails, art, and much more. Graham Chennells of Zululand Eco-Adventures can assist you with making the best of whatever option you choose from the list, and will make sure you have the most fun doing so…
Cultural Zulu Tours & Experiences:
Zulu Weddings (Sundays)
Traditional Weekend Ceremonies
Sangoma Healing & Sangoma Visits
3-Day Sangoma Experience
Rural Zulu Village Tours (Daily)
Overnight in a Zulu Village (Daily)
King Dinuzulu Township Tour (Daily)
Gospel Church (Sundays)
Shakaland Cultural Village & Zulu Dance
Nkandla Presidential Home & Village (Daily)
Zululand Outback Tour (3 Day tour -Fri/Sat/Sun)
Ntingwe Tea Estate and Zulu Countryside (Daily)
Annual Zulu Ceremonies & Events:
The Zulu Kings Reed Dance (1st Week September)
King Shaka Day Celebrations (24th September)
Khekheke First Fruits & Snake Ceremony (23rd February)
Shembe visit to Judea (October)
Hiking & Trekking Trails:
Cultural Trekking Trails (4-5 Hours)
Sports & Extreme Sports:
Golf & Whisky Weekends
Bozas Cup Rugby (March)
Beer & Golf Weekends
Rocksliding – Manziwayo Extreme
Museums & Places of Interest:
Fort Nongqayi – Zululand Historical Museum
Vukani Zulu Craft Museum
Norwegian Mission Chapel
Fort Eshowe / Norwegian Missionary Cemetery
Signal Hill (Mbombashane)
New kwaMondi Mission
King Cetshwayo’s Grave
The Old Gaol
Mgungundlovu Heritage Park & Multimedia Centre
Ulundi Parliament Buildings
Spirit of eMakhosini – Valley of Zulu Kings
Ondini Royal Kraal
Norwegian Mission Church (Entumeni)
Nandi’s Grave (Shaka’s Mother)
King Shaka’s Memorial
John Dunn’s Grave
Zulu Cultural Museum (Mthonjaneni)
Lone Soldiers Grave
Eric Brits’ Medical Museum
King Dingiswayo’s Memorial
Birding, Waterfalls, Forests & Game Reserves:
Zululand Birding Route
Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk
Nkandla, Ntumeni, Dlinza & Ngoye Forests
Ricqueberg Orchid Collection
Spring Colours in Eshowe
Big 5 – Hluhluwe & Imfolozi Game Reserves
Shu-Shu Hot Springs
John Montgomery Foster Home
ZuluFadder Upliftment Projects
Muthi Futhi medicinal plant
Eshowe Community Action Group (ECAG)
Umfolozi Community Skills Centre
King Dinuzulu Creche
KZN Papermaking & Inina Crafts
Mandela’s Housing Project
Artists & Galleries:
Story Telling – Ida Gartrell
Magwaza Family (Potters)
Delisa Mahaya (Beader)
Diamond Bozas (Artist)
Paddy Ntuli (Sculptor)
Peter Engblom (Exhibitionist)
Phoenix Prison Art Gallery
Illona Andrews (Potter)
Cara McCullum & Lindsay Phillips (Potters)
Zulu War / Battlefields:
British Military Cemetery
Isandlwana & Rorke’s Drift
Battle of Goqkli Hill (Shaka/Zwide)
Battle of Gingindlovu
Battle of The Cockroaches (Shaka/Zwide
African Farmers & Subsistence Farming
Soil Essential Oil Products & Rum Distillary
The Great Zululand Music Festival
Creative Writing & Meditation
Zululand Brewing Company – Home of Zulu Blonde
Soap Box Derby
Hash House Harriers
Eshowe Jeep Collection
The Mona Market
The Prawn Shak
Places to Eat:
Eshowe Hills Golf & Eco-Estate
The George Hotel – Quarters Restaurant
The House in Zululand
Our tours will show you the real Africa, one that tourists seldom see. This kind of genuine experience does come with a few potential hazards, so please read the following points carefully!
You will need to equip yourself with:
A large wide-brimmed sunhat;
A bottle of 50-factor sunscreen;
Supportive walking shoes; and
Bottles of drinking water.
Although it is not mandatory, many of our clients have found it preferable to have their own vehicle, as this gives you greater freedom of movement.