We booked last minute, day before, but were able to get a great tour to the Zulu village of iSithumba. On the drive there, Sthembiso, immediately started educating us on the history of the Zulu people and the Durban area in general. He was a walking, talking encyclopedia of South African history! We first went to a downtown Durban market to buy the food we would need for lunch. We had never been to a market like that before. It was busy and colorful and I will admit, we were not the best produce shoppers that day! But off we went! The village was peaceful, set in the Valley of 1000 Hills. Once there, a resident of iSithumba guided us around the village, to a "spaza" shop, to a rondevel, to meet a spiritual healer and down to their river where we made "love letter" bracelets. We then met back up with Sthembiso for lunch prepared by villagers. The plate must have weighed 5 pounds! But it was very good. We then drove back to our hotel and he continued to answer our questions about Zulu history. Great passion for his work and it felt like a very authentic experience. We had a lot of fun!
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