Shakaland and the remainder of RB
Trip Start Dec 27, 2008
50Trip End Jun 27, 2009
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The Zulu tribe was founded by King Shaka, a revolutionary warrior who redesigned the spear to suit hand-to-hand combat. It was no longer thrown from distance, instead stabbed and retrieved ready for its next victim. One Zulu man wandered around the village looking pleased with himself, I think he thought he was King Shaka
We were also told about Zulu courtship. A zulu man can take as many wives as he wishes provided he pays the bride-price of 11 cows per wife, to her father. As if to get their own back on their randy husbands the wives placed passion-killers on their husband's member when he went off to war. The moment he became aroused the device tightened around the end of his tackle causing considerable pain, although why he didn't just take it off when he got round the corner, I don't know?
The final demonstration before lunch was of Zulu dancing. This was intense. Frantic beating of the drums accompanied by possessed Zulus stamping their feet whilst holding over-sized feather dusters. The dancing must be very tiring but the dancers put on a great show and the sound of the men and women singing and chanting was so authentic, despite me not having a clue what any of it meant. Finally we ate dinner. I had traditional samp and beans with chicken, it really was so much better than the Xhosa cuisine we had tried in Cintsa.
On our final day in RB we travelled to St Lucia and went on a river cruise with my Uncle John. The St Lucia estuary is renowned for its guaranteed sightings of Hippo and we weren't disappointed. We saw at least fifty in total, the biggest killer of man in the country, other than mosquito. We also saw plenty of Crocs. Staying in RB with my Aunty and Uncle was a backpackers dream, we had such a great time with them and got local knowledge (and prices) of the surrounding area. My Aunty Sue is also a wildlife spotting master!