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The Zulu Roots Eco Trail

The Zulu Roots Eco Trail is located in the Zinkwazi area, along the KwaZulu Natal North Coast, and provides visitors with access to many cultural, historical and ecological treasures of the North Coast. The region is considered by many to be the birthplace of the Zulu Nation, and has set the scene for many historical events. The routes provide visitors with an opportunity to view an interesting variety of birds, forest wildlife such as buck, whales, dolphins and a variety of insects and indigenous plantlife.

The first of the routes is the Zulu Roots John Ross Trail which is a sixty kilometer trail taking visitors between the Nonoti and Amatikulu Rivers. Activities along the route include hiking, canoeing, swimming, cycling, fly fishing or a relaxing lagoon cruise, night drives or bush picnics.

The Zulu Roots Tugela Community Tour is the second of the four, and sees travelers paying a visit to a rural Zulu Community, and discovering a traditional culture and lifestyle. Visitors are allowed the opportunity to meet various members of the community and to view their kraals, and farmlands and to visit the local shebeen. A local guide will explain the significance of traditions.

The third route featured is the Zulu Roots KwaDukuza Trail is a multicultural experience, which consists of a guided walking tour of KwaDukuza, which was once home to two world famous South Africans; King Shaka who was the founder of the Zulu Nation, and Chief Albert Luthuli who was a past president of the ANC and Africa's first Nobel Peace Laureate. Here visitors can learn about the stories of Shaka and the birth of the Zulu Kingdom, as well as colonial adventures, bloody battles of the Tugela at nDondakusuka, the story of John Dunn (the first and only white Zulu Chief) and the interesting circumstances which lead up to the Anglo-Zulu War.

The final route is the Zulu Roots Birding Route, which is home to a total of over four hundred and fifty bird species, which include many sought after rarities. This area ranks as one of the top birdwatching destinations in the country. Nationally renowned sites along the route, include the Sappi Bird Hide and Jex Estate. The birding route presently covers the Zinkwazi, Otimati, Umvoti, Tugela and Amatikulu areas and includes a variety of diverse habitats such as coastal, forest, wetlands, and gorges. Local site guides are available for access to some of the areas, and a comprehensive bird list is also available.

Accommodation Near The Zulu Roots Eco Trail

Black Rock Beach Cottage

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Zinkwazi Beach

0.1km East of The Zulu Roots Eco Trail

Black Rock Beach Cottage is a double storey house with a separate little flat in the garden and is situated right on the beach front. The Top section sleeps 10, the Bottom section sleeps 6 and the little Flatlet sleeps 4. These units can be taken ...

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Sleeps: 22 in 5 units/rooms

Sea Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Zinkwazi Beach

0.3km North East of The Zulu Roots Eco Trail

Sea Cottage Guest Homes are situated in the charming coastal village of Zinkwazi Beach on the KwaZulu Natal North Coast. This beachfront property offers spacious self-catering guest cottages ideally suited for family holidays.

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Sleeps: 8

125 Nkwazi Drive

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Zinkwazi Beach

0.3km South of The Zulu Roots Eco Trail

Set in indigenous milkwood forest with private access to a beautiful stretch of beach, this sunny house has a large covered deck overlooking the forest with views to the sea, and lawned areas perfect for children to play.

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Sleeps: 14

Nautilhouse

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Zinkwazi Beach

0.4km North East of The Zulu Roots Eco Trail

Nautilhouse is a beachfront house in Zinkwazi Beach which can accommodate 10 people.Most of the rooms are air-conditioned.Nice kitchen. TV. Swimming pool. Four garages. Direct access to the beach.Large garden.Excellent security system.Pets welcome.

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Sleeps: 10

Panorama House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Zinkwazi Beach

0.4km South West of The Zulu Roots Eco Trail

Panorama House contains a fully equipped kitchen, housing a microwave, fridge/freezer, stove and washing machine. Whilst having breakfast one views the blue ocean and golden beaches of Zinkwazi. There are four bedrooms, sleeping eight and two ...

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Sleeps: 8

Glenview

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Zinkwazi Beach

0.6km South of The Zulu Roots Eco Trail

Glenview, is a neat, spacious double storey house that offers all the comforts of home, with a pool, stunning sea views, Pub, Satellite TV and access to the beach is +-500m from the house. It is self catering and sleeps 8.

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Sleeps: 38 in 12 units/rooms

Zinkwazi Lagoon Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Zinkwazi Beach

0.7km North of The Zulu Roots Eco Trail

All 19 Rooms and Family Suites are scattered in the extensive grounds amongst tropical trees and palms. Our Bird Rooms come with double or twin beds, en-suite showers, ceiling fans, 5-channel TV's (DStv available in lounge) and covered patios, and...

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Palm Drive

Room Only / Limited Self Catering Accommodation in Zinkwazi Beach

0.7km South of The Zulu Roots Eco Trail

Flat 1 & 2 are studio units, open plan bedroom, kitchen, sitting area and separate bathroom with a shower. Flat 3 sleeps 8 people.

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Ocean Reef Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Zinkwazi Beach

1.0km South of The Zulu Roots Eco Trail

Situated on the Beach in the holiday village of Zinkwazi, at the Gateway to KZN's game reserves, yet close to Umhlanga and King Shaka Int. Airport. Rooms available are 4 x standard twin rooms, 14 x three bedroom apartments, 10 x two bedroom apartments and

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Sleeps: 13

282 Sandhills Prince's Grant

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Prince's Grant

7.9km South West of The Zulu Roots Eco Trail

Prince's Grant boasts stunning private beaches and a world-class golf coarse. You’ll love our beach house because of the lovely sea views, the spacious bedrooms, the open-plan kitchen dining room and lounge area perfect for big families.

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