Tourism

FUNCTIONS:

The Zululand Tourism office performs an umbrella function for all five local tourism offices in Zululand. The key functions of the Zululand Tourism are to:

  • Link with and support the 5 local tourism structures in Zululand
  • Handle the district tourism marketing functions by producing and updating the Zululand Tourism Brochure and doing bi-monthly tourism newsletter for Zululand tourism role-players
  • Deal with national and international tourism marketing such as provincial Gateways into Zululand, the cross-border linkage with Swaziland and being a role-player in the S. A. FlandersExchange Project and the German/South African Cultural Exchange Programme
  • Link with neighboring district and provincial tourism structure i.e. Uthungulu, Battlefields, Birding and all the TKZN structures
  • Upgrading and update the tourism website
  • To ensure Zululand tourism being reflected in newspapers and magazines such as the Daily News, the What Where and When etc.
  • Deal with tourism related project funding applications and assist obtaining or accessing tourism development funding
  • Ensure and assist local tourism to develop specific tourism themes in each municipality

Some helpful information about the Zululand area, to help you prepare for your trip into the Heart of the Zulu Kingdom:

Climate
Summer months are hot and sunny, interrupted by rainy days and cool misty periods in the highlands. Winter months generally are mild and dry.

Clothing
For summer months, keep it casual and cool. Hats, shorts, good walking shoes, sandals and rainwear. Winter evenings inland can become cool if not cold, so make sure there's something warm in your luggage.

Health
Care Precautions must be taken against malaria, particularly between the months of October and May. Protective medication needs to be started several days before travelling, and continued for four weeks after leaving the area. Advice on the most suitable preparations can be obtained from pharmacies, travel clinics and offices of the Department of Health. While travelling, make use of insect repellent, coils and mosquito nets, and keep the body covered as much as possible after sundown. Zululand sunshine is one of the area's greatest assets but requires hats, sunglasses and sun-cream. Make sure during summer months, when humidity is high, that your water intake is sufficient.

Road Travel
The N2 is a major national road that arcs through Zululand, linking Mpumalanga with the KwaZulu-Natal coast, but the regional roads R33, R34, R66, R68 and R69 that criss-cross most of the area are all tarred and well-used. Consult local information offices about using the secondary untarred roads, especially as some of them deteriorate after heavy rains. From a safety point of view, plan your route in advance. If you're heading for one of Zululand's more remote areas in a self-drive vehicle, check with a local information office or even the nearest police station for any precautions that may be necessary. It's advisable to keep doors locked and windows closed, and valuable items should be kept out of sight in the boot of the car. At night, park in well-lit areas and avoid giving rides to strangers.

Safety Tips
As in other countries, there are some basic precautions that should be taken to ensure your stay is as pleasant and safe as possible. It's not advisable to carry large sums of money on you. Avoid wearing eye-catching jewelry or displaying expensive camera equipment. At night steer clear of dark, isolated areas. Explore in groups rather than alone. In your hotel, lodge or camp, store valuables in the establishment's safety deposit box. Don't leave luggage unattended, and keep your room locked - whether you are there or not.

Swimming
Swimming and paddling in rivers, lagoons and lakes is not safe unless the area is free from bilharzia, hippos and crocodiles. Sea bathing is best undertaken on demarcated beaches.

Public Transport
Zululand is not well served by public transport and visitors should check with tourist information offices before setting out.

For more information visit Zululand Tourism

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