Things to do nearby
• All major parks and reserves in Zululand are within close proximity, Ithala , Mkuze, Hluhluwe / Imfolozi – big 5. • Within 3 hours drive to the sites of South African Boer war(s) • Visit St Lucia Wetlands, or Mozambique 2 hrs drive. • En route to Kruger National Park via Swaziland. • Tiger fishing at Lake Jozini – 50kms to launch boats/ charter. • Elephant & rhino tracking at Pongola game reserve +/- 50kms. Pre booking is essential. • En route to Sodwana Bay from Johannesburg +2hrs. • 2hour drive to Ndumo Game reserve and 3hours to Rock Tail Bay.
Some interesting historical facts:
Mkuze Ranch has interesting unique historical value as it was originally the hunting farm of General Louis Botha , and is the only place in this area that has an historical “ Isivivane ” on it. (For perspective of the region view the map.) Magud (more correctly emaGudu ) is a place of many tracks and trails, which will explain the existence of the isivivane (or Zulu “lucky cairn” of heaped stones). These izivivane play a vital role in traditional Zulu culture. They were established alongside old, important footpaths and are an expression of man’s universal desire for the success of his undertakings – however insignificant they might be. They might have been started by someone to bring good luck on a journey or a military leader, who might have placed the original stone there. A stone might even have been thrown down on the death of an important headman or even where someone might have died of starvation. The isivivane would be started by picking up a stone with the left foot, taken in the right hand, spat upon and thrown down . This same ritual will continue with each passer-by being required to repeat the procedure. eMagudu was originally the home of the Ndwandwes and a local forest contains the graves of a number of their old chiefs, – like eMakhosini near Ulundi , it is a sacred place.