Gooderson DumaZulu Lodge & Traditional Village

Lot H29, Bushlands Road, Hluhluwe 3960 South Africa
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R 937
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3.7 of 5 bubbles
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Experience traditional KwaZulu-Natal hospitality at Gooderson DumaZulu Traditional Zulu Village, South Africa’s biggest cultural village. Watch as locals make spears, shields, baskets and clay pots. Peek into the world of the sangoma and have a one on one reading. Experience the rhythmic drumbeat and dance of Africa. Taste Zulu beer. Watch the throwing of the bones… Situated in the heart of Zululand near Hluhluwe, Gooderson DumaZulu Traditional Zulu Village is as much a living cultural museum as it is a natural and therapeutic outdoors environment for guests to reconnect with nature. Cultural guides give guests a rare insight into local customs.
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Free parking
Pool
Bar / lounge
Babysitting
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Banquet room
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Parking
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
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Air conditioning
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Seating area
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Flatscreen TV
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Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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3.0 of 5 stars
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miniwillson wrote a review Sept 2009
Las Vegas1 contribution4 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
As i said before it was a lovely vist but the fact that there was very loud trains all the way through the night and rat droppingson the wall wasn't a very good!!! but you cant let you put you of it. the fact that when the fuse went the man from the reception ran and fix the light within a second!!!!!!!! overall a beautiful stay!!! i just wish the swimming pool was a little bit heated as when i jumped in ai felt a shiver down my back!
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Date of stay: July 2009
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Phumzie1818 wrote a review Nov 2014
Durban, South Africa42 contributions14 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My friend and I spent a weekend at this cultural village. We were not disappointed! Our chalet, a roundavel had an interesting Ndebele design, others chalets also had African prints which made the place feel like home right in the middle of a forest! Hluhluwe game reserve is about 30 min drive and the staff were happy to organize us a trip there. We had trouble with the shower which was resolved in few minutes. Breakfast was a treat and staff there were very attentive. Planning to go back there and spend more time.
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Date of stay: October 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Come in a group of 4 so that you can get a good rate on the Hluhluwe game drive.
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Rey M wrote a review Nov 2014
Sarnia, Canada1,711 contribution247 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
There was a time when Zulu warriors were known to be one of the fiercest warriors in the African continent. A chance to see Zulu warriors in their village became a reality when we went to a tour of the Gooderson Dumazulu Cultural Village in Hluhluwe, South Africa as part of our South African tour. Our group was greeted by the Zulu village chief, shown how they make spears, shown some potteries, met the local fortune teller and medicine man, and interacted with bare breasted Zulu unmarried women who considered their breasts as simply a body organ whose function is to produce milk and feed the young (no sexual connotation), and entertained by some traditional mock hand to hand combat by the local Zulu warriors. After the show, a special Zulu lunch was served that included some African game meat like a worthog steak and some impala steak. It was a great experience, worth the price and time.
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Date of stay: September 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Anna-Marie Potgieter wrote a review Aug 2023
Kempton Park, South Africa128 contributions4 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Amazing experience, neat and beautiful rooms. Staff is friendly, food was amazing and the cultural dances was absolutely entertaining! They made us take part in dances without making you feel uncomfortable Warm water, wifi and beautiful gardens. Will go back.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Amy wrote a review Dec 2023
Pinetown, South Africa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a great stay here.
Very spacious rooms, well laid out, clean and tidy.
Outsides painted in traditional tribal colours and buildings laid out in nice gardens.
The staff are very friendly and helpful, being happy to help with our last minute requests.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Cruiser60198499536 wrote a review Nov 2023
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Spent a weekend at Dumazulu. The snake tour was fantastic 👌🏻 Donald Schultz is a wonderful guide and extremely knowledgeable. He really goes the extra mile and explains in detail (well worth the money). The unit we stayed in was very clean, and staff were friendly. Over all, a great weekend and experience.
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Date of stay: October 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Wanderering1 wrote a review Feb 2024
Lake Macquarie, Australia760 contributions294 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Absolutely amazing. As authentic as a modern day attempt to represent traditional lifestyle/culture could possibly be. This was exceptional. We do not do “cultural” shows because we find them to be shabby and touristy, but this was a valid tribute. We learned language, saw practical demonstrations, witnessed a traditional hamlet and viewed several dances. Our guide and the village hostess were excellent. We visited as part of a cruise excursion. The participants, they were not “performers”, were genuine in their attempt to proudly communicate their culture.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Julien666 wrote a review Aug 2010
Ivry-sur-Seine, France139 contributions54 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Far from the Hluhluwe game reserve, terrible service, disgusting food, everything goes wrong in this place.
The worst is the traditionnal zoulou danse, a place with no motivate people explaining the zoulou culture. touristic but not traditionnal at all.

Only the lodge concept is good with zoulou house accommodation.
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Date of stay: August 2010
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lin N wrote a review Jul 2016
5 contributions5 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We came to the village at 7:30. After buying the Zulu village tour we wanted to drink a cup of coffee.
We went to the bar area where the owner was. He told us to sit at the breakfast tables and he will tell his girls to bring us some coffee. Then he poured himself some . The ladies were looking at us but nothing happened. After 15 minutes we stood up and left for the tour with no coffee. First impression: meh.

The tour was 1,5 hours long. Our guide was really bored out. The "zulu people" were stationed at their "places" where they made weapons, pots,... All of them were without energy, the performances lecklaster.
The worst part was the "fortune teller". You could see that she didnt want to be there.

The last part was the dance.
They offered us the Zulu bear before the dance. That was nice.

The dancers were the same people from before. Again showing no energy.

The best part was the beer tasting.
The basis of this village is good, but the staff needs a lot of training, or someone to look over their performance.
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Date of stay: July 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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trainfan2000 wrote a review Jun 2014
Hamilton, Canada2,590 contributions627 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I was part of a tour that stopped here for a visit to the village and to see the cultural show. It was very worthwhile. Aspects of village life were explained and the Zulu culture was explored with the guide. After the tour of the village there was a very good display of Zulu dancing accompanied by traditional music. It was a good way to learn about the Zulu culture. Worthwhile seeing. There is a small gift shop associated with the village.
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Date of stay: April 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Answer from Brandon Castleman
Durban, South Africa1 contribution
Hi aida630, apologies for the late reply. The tradtitional village tour is run 3 times a day, and lasts 90mins. The times are 8.15am, 11.00am and 3.15pm. You are welcome to arrive there before any of the times and purchase a ticket.
SiobhanY wrote a tip Dec 2019
158 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you need quiet for sleep, choose a room further away from the braai area, as this was noisy from self catering guests."
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olgapolovski wrote a tip Mar 2017
york35 contributions23 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are encased in a Rondavel. Each one painted the colours of the tribes, I understand."
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5rosss wrote a tip May 2016
Las Vegas, Nevada9 contributions10 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay away if you want a nice hotel"
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Phumzie1818 wrote a tip Nov 2014
Durban, South Africa42 contributions14 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Come in a group of 4 so that you can get a good rate on the Hluhluwe game drive."
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460TheBlond wrote a tip Jul 2012
Mtubatuba10 contributions4 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"units close the swimming pool, if you have children, so as to keep an eye over them."
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PRICE RANGE
R 897 - R 1,374 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalZululandHluhluwe
NUMBER OF ROOMS
23
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gooderson DumaZulu Lodge & Traditional Village
Which popular attractions are close to Gooderson DumaZulu Lodge & Traditional Village?
Nearby attractions include Zululand Cat Conservation Project (1.0 km) and Snake Pharm (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Gooderson DumaZulu Lodge & Traditional Village?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Gooderson DumaZulu Lodge & Traditional Village?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Gooderson DumaZulu Lodge & Traditional Village?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Gooderson DumaZulu Lodge & Traditional Village?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Gooderson DumaZulu Lodge & Traditional Village?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Gooderson DumaZulu Lodge & Traditional Village offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a banquet room and conference facilities during their stay.
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