MELMOTH GOLF CLUB
Situated amongst the green hills of Zululand, Melmoth Golf Club has proved to be a small club with a big heart. Surrounded by sugarcane and pine trees that sets the scene of beauty, peacefulness and tranquility. Anyone who enjoys a game on our 9 hole course will experience the fresh air, amazing wildlife and some of the friendliest faces in Melmoth.
Dawn Walker-Treasurer – 0824943039.
Willian Harris Snr – President – 0825680166
Gerrie Muller – Captain – 0813482288
Sandra Grobbelaar – Secretary – 0843837257
MTONJANENI ZULU CULTURAL MUSEUM
The Mtonjaneni Zulu Cultural Museum is situated at Mtonjaneni Lodge and within easy access from the R34. The museum hosts a comprehensive collection of momentoes and artifacts from the Anglo Zulu War dated from before 1890 as well as items from Zulu Culture and Africana. In house tours and guided tours to historical sites and surrounding Battlefields can be arranged for individuals, groups and schoolgroups.
Open daily 08h00 – 17h00.
Entrance and/or Day tour fee payable.
Places to visit on half-day or Full Day tours:
Dingaanstat, Piet Retiefs Monument/”Moordkoppie”,Spirit of Emakhosini, Ondini Museum,Prince Imperial Memorial,Opathe and Umfolozi Game Reserve,
Battlefields: Ulundi,Isandlwana, Fugitives Drift, Rorke`s Drift,Ntombe, Hlobane,Kambula.
Contact: 035-450 0904/5
KWAZULU HANDCRAFT CENTRE
The Kwazulu Handcraft Centre is situated 2km off the R34 on the old Mtonjaneni District road. It is located in the old RJ Store only 1km from Mtonjaneni Lodge. This business was founded 25 years ago by Kingsley Holgate and is a community Upliftment Program. Beautiful handcrafted Zulu shields, beaded spears, battleaxes, knobkieries, snuff and maasspoons are made here or collected from Zulu women in the rural areas.
Visit by appointment only.
Contact: Nico Harris: 082 7734 545 or Mtonjaneni Lodge
MTONJANENI COUNTRY CRAFT AND COFFEE SHOP
The Craft and Coffee Shop at Mtonjaneni Lodge is open daily during office hours and offers a wide range of gifts and handmade curios and crafts.
Contact: Mtonjaneni Lodge
ONDINI – ZULU CULTURAL MUSEUM – Ulundi
The Ondini museum gives visitors an insight into the life and times of the Zulu nation as it covers different aspects of Zulu culture and history. It traces the arrival of the Nguni people to the area, the lineage of the Zulu kings as well as traditional crafts and music. The museum is on the P700 towards the Cengeni gate.
Open: 7am – 4pm weekdays ; 8am – 3pm weekends.
Entry: R20 p.p
Nkandla forest is about 68 km from Melmoth and is the largest remaining indigenous forest remaining in Zululand. Throughout Zulu history it has been regarded as a place of mystery and the supernatural and the Chube, ironworkers associated with the Nkandla area, were never conquered by Shaka. The name Nkandla is derived from the Zulu verb `khandla` which means `to be tired`.It was named by King Shaka when upon reaching the area he was exhausted and decided to rest. The forest is a rare example of high wet rain forest, one of very few surviving examples and remnants of a time when the climate was wetter and colder. It is also one of the best examples of surviving mist belt forest in South Africa. Steams that rise in the forest form deep gorges leading into the Nsuze River, running along the base
of the ridge. Over 147 bird species have been observed in the area and smaller game such as Bushbuck, Samango Monkey, Bushpig, Blue Duiker and Leopard can been spotted.
NTINGWE TEA PLANTATION
The Ntingwe Tea Plantations produce some of South Africa’s finest teas, solely for export, but the plantation is found in this remote corner of KwaZulu Natal, near Nkandla. Regarded as lighter than other African teas, such as those produced in Kenya, Ntingwe has gained an excellent reputation in the international market and is retailed as a breakfast or afternoon refreshment. It was established in 1987 and is the single biggest employer and source of financial stability in the region.
OPHATHE GAME RESERVE
The eMakhosini Ophathe Heritage Park is being developed as a major tourist attraction. The total area of the reserve is 29 000ha of which 8 825ha is open to the public and can be accessed from the R66.
HLUHLUWE/UMFOLOZI GAME RESERVE
A wilderness area is an area where the earth and it`s inhabitants are not disturbed by man and where man himself is only a visitor who does not remain. During the 1950s conservationists realized the solitude and unmodified enviroment of the Imfolozi wilderness area needed to be protected and nurtured. The area remains a piece of ancient Zululand and a living monument to the Zulu people. The game reserve is 270km north of Durban on the N2 North Coast Road and clearly sign-posted. The reserve can also be approached from Melmoth/Vryheid via Ulundi. There is a gravel road to Cengeni gate, which is 24km from Mpila camp.
Shakaland is an authentic replica of King Shaka`s Great Kraal with traditional beehive huts, zulu dancing, craft making and traditional Zulu foods. It overlooks the Phobane Lake.
Lake Phobane is situated about 30 km from Melmoth on the R66 towards Eshowe and is the second largest dam in KwaZulu-Natal. The lake is set in the Umhlatuze Valley next to the Mabelebele Mountains. Various birds and wildlife can be found in the area and the dam is a popular fishing location.
ZULULAND BIRDING ROUTE
Truly a bird watcher`s paradise, 54% of the total South African bird species can be seen in the 200km birding trail that passes through Babanango, Melmoth, Eshowe, Mtunzini and Richardsbay. The trail covers 10 habitat species with about 400 bird species.