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KwaZulu Fam - Zulu culture, reptiles, Segways, and fashion

19th July 2017 - 1:30pm

Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) in front of Moses Mabhida Stadium Durban

Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) in front of Moses Mabhida Stadium Durban

The day started with a visit to the Phezulu Safari Park in the scenic Valley of a 1,000 Hills area, just a half hours drive from the centre of Durban, where we experienced traditional Zulu culture and customs.   A clan of Zulu high energy dancers dressed in their traditional garb performed a dance show with grace, agility and humour then invited us into their beehive shaped thatched huts where various artefacts, beliefs and rituals were explained.   Next it was time for a guided tour of the onsite reptile park which boasts a collection of indigenous and exotic reptiles and allows visitors a close up experience with some of the most feared reptiles in the world including crocodiles and snakes.  Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) bravely allowed a large python snake, Africa’s largest snake, to wrap itself around his neck and luckily lived to tell the tale as this snake kills its prey by constriction.   This was a piece of information only offered by the guide AFTER the experience.

With a fun Segway ride on the two wheeled self-balancing electric personal transport vehicles around the futuristic Moses Mabhida Stadium and along Durban’s Golden Mile seafront promenade. Segway users lean forward to go forward and backward to slow down.   Our group received a 15 minute training course after which we were proficient enough to undertake the tour.   It was great fun.   The day finished with admission to the exclusive VIP marquee at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping for the city’s biggest a pre-party for the upcoming very popular horse racing event known as Durban July.   This event was a preview fashion show and concert and a not-to-be missed celebration of race-day fashion and entertainment with performances by some of South Africa’s biggest music acts at a concert which followed the fashion show.


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Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) in front of Moses Mabhida Stadium Durban
A Zulu dance presentation
Zulu warriors
Gordon Manning (The Irish Sun) with some Zulu friends
Reggie Sithole (Region Coordinator Tourism KwaZulu-Natal) and Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz)
Phezulu Safari Park
Phezulu Safari Park
Some crocs
The biggest and boldest crocodile
Is that a hedgehog I am holding says Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz)
Phezulu Safari Park
Gordon Manning (Irish Sun), June Smith (Barrhead Travel UK), Debbie Marshall (Guide), Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz), Lindsey Ingham (Carrier Travel UK), Jenny Robertson (Flight Centre UK) and Pauline Westgate (Travel Counsellors UK)
Segwaying along the Golden Mile promenade Durban
VIP wrist band for the Gateway party
The Fam trip group: (left hand side) Reggie Sithole (Tourism KwaZulu-Natal), Debbie Marshall (Guide), Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz),(right hand side) Pauline Westgate (Travel Counsellors UK), Lindsey Ingham (Carrier Travel UK), June Smith (Barrhead Travel UK), Jenny Robertson (Flight Centre UK) and Gordon Manning (The Irish Sun)
Musical entertainment in a bubble
The fashion show
June Smith (Barrhead Travel UK) is from Ballymena Northern Ireland
Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) and some model friends
Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) and some more model friends

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