Location: South Africa

Beyond the Bendigo resorts the road passes Banana Beach, Melville and Pumula before reaching Umzumbe at the mouth of the river by the same name which means the bad, dangerous or winding one.

* Some 10km from Umzumbe lies what is perhaps the most famous isivivane (lucky heap of pebbles), in the country.  Legend has it that the area around the Mzumbe River once was the stronghold of a Hlongwa band of cannibals.  One fine day in 1828 they were overrun by Shaka, great warrior-king of the Zulu, who was personaly leading his armies south on a raid into Pondoland and Transkei.  Many Hlongwa were killed and several of their villages destroyed.

Resuming their march, Shaka and his impis reached a ridge overlooking the valley of the KwaMalukaak River, a tributary of the Mzumbe.  At this spot Shaka decided to ask the spirits of his forefathers for their blessing o his venture by carrying out an ancient Zulu custom.  He picked up a pebble witht he toes of his left foot, transferred it to his right hand, spat on it, murmured a prayer and then placed it on the ground.  One by one the impis repeated the ritual and built a large moud of supplicatory pebbles.  The pile is still intact next to a remote path which rises and falls on its serpentine way through several valleys.

Accommodation in and around South Africa

Leopard Mountain Game Lodge    accommodation in South Africa
Winner of the 2001, 2002 and 2003 and Hall of Fame for 2004 and 2005 in the AA Travel Guides Accommodation awards for Game & Nature ReservesLeopard Mountain Game Lodge is the ideal getaway where everybody from the old to young will enjoy a fascin... More

Bayete Zulu Game Lodge    accommodation in South Africa
“Bayete” There is a place where special things happen. Being one of the most densely stocked reserves in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, a drive with one of our knowledgeable field drivers is guaranteed to be a... More

White Elephant Safari Lodge    accommodation in South Africa
At the foot of the majestic Lebombo mountains and shimmering waters of Lake Jozini, you will find a special destination called White Elephant Safari Lodge. It is a place with magic and soul inspired by a dream and created with passion. Classic coloni... More

Bushwillow    accommodation in South Africa
Description & Location:Bushwillow is a stylish, unique bush lodge, situated in 170 hectares of beautiful indigenous sand forest. The lodge is fully serviced and offers a bush experience where the only disturbance will be that of the game visiting... More

Thula Thula Private Game Reserve and Safari Lodge    accommodation in South Africa
Welcome to the oldest Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal! Thula Thula, family owned and operated, is situated in Zululand, only 40 minutes from Richards Bay harbour and airport, 45 min from Umfolosi game reserve - Cengeni Gate and less than 2 hour... More

Pakamisa Private Game Reserve    accommodation in South Africa
Pakamisa - the name in Zulu means "to lift up" and we assure our guests that their spirits will soar in this African Shangri-La. We offer discerning v... More

Tillietudlem Game & Trout Lodge    accommodation in South Africa
Tilletudlem is renowned for its tranquility and beauty. Situated in the beautiful Dargle region of the Midlands, whether you are here to fly fish on one of our magnificent dams, walk the mountains or simply let us spoil you with excellent cuisine and... More

White Elephant Bush Camp    accommodation in South Africa
Life is a journey, a safari made up of a myriad of small, precious moments. In today s hurried, stressed world, most of us overlook these little moments along the way. It is these moments that make life happy and worthwhile. We need to re-adjust our ... More

Makakatana Bay Lodge    accommodation in South Africa
Makakatana Bay Lodge offers visitors an unforgettable KwaZulu Natal wildlife safari experience with its luxury game viewing rooms and excellent service. Guests are accommodated in 6 bright and spacious rooms. Three luxury game viewing rooms are se... More

Shayamoya Tiger Fishing and Game Lodge    accommodation in South Africa
Shayamoya is a true gem offering genuine hospitality, unique settings with stunning panoramic views across the Pongolapoort Lake, Lebombo Mountains, and the Phongolo Nature Reserve.Our speciality is the challenging sport of tiger fishing where the re... More

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