TRAVEL ALONG ROUTE 66.
Local tourism will get an exciting boost with the development of the Zululand Heritage Route 66. The route will cover the area between Pongola, Nongoma, Ulundi, Melmoth, Eshowe and Gingindlovu. There will be seven entrance routes for tourists with the R66 being the central spine of the development.The area is home to game reserves and natural heritage sites, cultural events, excellent accommodation and crafters. The R66 will begin near Gingindlovu and follow a 250km route similar to the original tracks of early traders and hunters. The route travels through historical and battle sites. Almost all the Zulu kings in Zululand were born, lived and died in the area and with the opening of of the multimedia interpretation centre at uMgungundlovu, interactive displays will showcase four centuries of Zulu history. With the development of the route Zululand`s unique attractions will get the visitors they deserve and local communities will have opportunities to develop and establish new businesses.
During the Route 66 AGM on the 20th May 2011 the new committee was elected which represents the whole of Zululand area on the Zululand Heritage Route as well as the two district Municipalities namely Uthungulu and Zululand. Emphasis was put on advertising, lobbying, funding and co-operation amongst all stakeholders. Currently the committee is busy throughout the area with presentations to interested parties and local authorities. Interesting projects are being investigated on the Route 66 which will benefit all communities on the route as a whole. Contact local Tourism Office for further details