Ezemvelo Thendele Drakensberg & Emazizini Community Experience
Welcome to Royal Natal(Thendele, Mahai and Rugged Glen), Thendele Resort, one of the most beautiful, popular and scenic resorts, has the distinction of being the closest of the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife resorts to the high Drakensberg escarpment.
The resort nestles below colourful sandstone cliffs close to forests of rare yellowwood trees and stretches of Protea savannah. It provides easy and quick access to some of the most splendid mountain hikes, trails and scenic settings in Africa.
It is located close to the foot of the massive and iconic Amphitheatre flanked by the Sentinel and the Eastern Buttress.
The ribbon-like Tugela Falls, headwaters of KwaZulu-Natal’s biggest river, is the 2nd highest waterfall in the world, and is a stunning backdrop to any picnic.
Our community experience…
Join the WOWZULU team for a taste of village life. Guided walks in the village, a tractor-trailer ride up the mountain or a lesson in weaving.
Let our storytellers enthrall you with their tales and our dancers get you moving!
Welcome to eMazizini Village in the Drakensberg Amphitheatre, add a new dimension to your stay in the Drakensberg Amphitheatre. Visit the Mazizi community,whose ancestors have lived in the area for centuries. Meet friendly locals, experience rural culture, and know that your visit and the income it generates changes lives.
Experience 1: Tractor Trailer Ride
Take a ride on a tractor-drawn trailer up the slopes of Mngxoleni Mountain Behind eMazinini Village. Stop at a deserted cattle kraal, the remains of an earlier settlement.Take a short walk to see the Amphitheatre rising dramatically above the valley below. Listen to stories and the beat of a drum or try some traditional dance steps. Enjoy a drink and snack while you watch the flow of daily life or sunset over the village below.
Experience 2: Try your hand at Weaving
Let local women teach you the ancient craft of grass weaving, using skills passed down through generations and grasses that are only harvested on the mountain slopes. Share stories and a snack while you create your original object.
Experience 3: Village Walk
Visit the community of New Stand, a short drive from the WOWZULU Marketplace. Pick vegetables for your lunch in an organic garden. Stop at a cattle kraal to understand how cattle play a central role in the life of this farming community. Visit a tavern to a taste of the local brew, known by locals as mfula mfula, while traditional dancers and tavern goers give you a feel for the local beat and teach you a few steps. Round off the experience with a freshly-prepared meal.