Zululand Travels and Pictures





Page 1 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 884

Hybrid View

Previous Post Previous Post   Next Post Next Post
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Richardsbay, KZN
    Age
    45
    Posts
    4,756

    Default Zululand Travels and Pictures

    Zululand is in my blood, having been born here and lived all my life. I have been fortunate over the years to have had and still have the opportunity to travel quite a bit. Having a hobby as photographer also contributes to the wanderlust.

    I had to visit clients in a rural area today and thought there are parts of my province people will never see and thought it a good idea to share some of the pictures of the travels over the years. As I find items of interest I will share them here.

    It will be a mix of everything so please bear with me, get a wide brimmed hat and come along for a drive.

    First pic is from the Makhathini Flats, on the road from Jozini to Mbazwane which must be the worst dirt road in the known universe, the cattle form an integral part of the Zulu culture so they are everywhere. Taken on a very hot and humid day.
    Attached Images Attached Images  
    "Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something, you are not here long"
    Walker Evans, Photographer

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Richardsbay, KZN
    Age
    45
    Posts
    4,756

    Default Re: Zululand Travels and Pictures

    The fish kraals at Kosi.
    Attached Images Attached Images  
    "Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something, you are not here long"
    Walker Evans, Photographer

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Umdloti
    Age
    48
    Posts
    3,169

    Default Re: Zululand Travels and Pictures

    Lovely Riaan,looking forward to this. Keep them coming, please.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Richardsbay, KZN
    Age
    45
    Posts
    4,756

    Default Re: Zululand Travels and Pictures

    The Lala and Wild Date palms are used in Northern Zululand to make a traditional beer called "injemane," in some areas the term "ubusulu" is also used but it is less common.

    As attached pic shows, the palm is cut in a certain way and a leaf inserted into a horizontal cut into the heart. This stimulates the palm to "bleed" onto the leaf which in turn bleeds into a tin cup attached underneath. Every second day the palm is trimmed a bit and a new leaf cut is made and the cup moved. Each stump is trimmed about five times, then left to regrow. This is an art, passed down from generation to generation as one has to know how to cut without killing the tree and also where to cut and how often. The trees are also not harvested willy-nilly, each family of harvesters have a "stand" of palms that they have been harvesting and these "stands" have been passed down to the generations which are rotated and rested to produce the most sap. All the cutting is done with a cane knife. The stands are no go areas if you are not the owner, if you trespass and harvest trees that are not yours the cane knife doubles as a quick way to dissuade you.

    This sap is then collected and sold to the fermentors who buy the raw sap from the harvesters. Sold in 25L drums for about R150 if I remember correctly. The fermentors then dilute, blend and ferment according to their own recipes.

    The end product is seriously strong and varies in taste. Usually consumed in an empty 900g mixed fruit jam tin, two of which will make you forget your name, nationality and cause your legs to operate independently from your brain.

    Picture is from the Makhasa area near the Nibela peninsula ( Falsebay)
    Attached Images Attached Images  
    "Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something, you are not here long"
    Walker Evans, Photographer

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Hermanus
    Age
    72
    Posts
    235

    Default Re: Zululand Travels and Pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    The fish kraals at Kosi.
    One of the best pics of the kraals that I have ever seen Well Done.

    Have a lot myself but yours beats all of them.

    Spent a lot of time at Kosi Mouth when working in Zululand and miss it SOOOO MUCH.
    My forum name comes from those days.

    Keep posting pics and make me more and more nostalgic

    Cheers

    Rob
    Rob Bagnall

    Subaru Forester

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Richardsbay, KZN
    Age
    45
    Posts
    4,756

    Default Re: Zululand Travels and Pictures

    Rob, we "met" on ODP many years ago while I was living in Ingwavuma, not sure if you recall. Anyway, good to read you again!
    "Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something, you are not here long"
    Walker Evans, Photographer

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Centurion
    Age
    60
    Posts
    1,671

    Default Re: Zululand Travels and Pictures

    Fascinating! Keep them coming!
    Peet Schultz

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Richardsbay, KZN
    Age
    45
    Posts
    4,756

    Default Re: Zululand Travels and Pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by PeetS View Post
    Fascinating! Keep them coming!
    Will do so Peet, must say I am rather flattered by the response so far.
    "Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something, you are not here long"
    Walker Evans, Photographer

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Hermanus
    Age
    72
    Posts
    235

    Default Re: Zululand Travels and Pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    Rob, we "met" on ODP many years ago while I was living in Ingwavuma, not sure if you recall. Anyway, good to read you again!
    It does ring a bell in my senile(alcohol soaked ) brain.
    I became inactive on ODP, mainly as I found a lot of personal bickering going on. Still a member maybe I should start again.

    Enjoy Zululand

    Cheers

    Rob
    Rob Bagnall

    Subaru Forester

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Hermanus
    Age
    72
    Posts
    235

    Default Re: Zululand Travels and Pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    Rob, we "met" on ODP many years ago while I was living in Ingwavuma, not sure if you recall. Anyway, good to read you again!
    Seem to remember that we tried to get together for a shoot at the mouth and could never get it right

    Enjoy

    Rob
    Rob Bagnall

    Subaru Forester

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Richardsbay, KZN
    Age
    45
    Posts
    4,756

    Default Re: Zululand Travels and Pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by caranx36 View Post
    Seem to remember that we tried to get together for a shoot at the mouth and could never get it right
    Enjoy
    Rob
    Yes Rob, you remember correctly.
    "Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something, you are not here long"
    Walker Evans, Photographer

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Location
    Johannesburg
    Posts
    23

    Default Re: Zululand Travels and Pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    The fish kraals at Kosi.
    bones of the fish ~ love the pic.
    thank you, we will be in Zululand > (iSimangaliso again in December
    (appreciate a head's-up which is not from Getaway)
    .... first time in a 4x#
    Informative and lekker post.
    Gregarious

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Richardsbay, KZN
    Age
    45
    Posts
    4,756

    Default Re: Zululand Travels and Pictures

    Between Eshowe and Empangeni.
    Attached Images Attached Images  

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Itala River Valley, Natal. Now Johannesburg.
    Age
    35
    Posts
    244

    Default Re: Zululand Travels and Pictures

    Thanks for the pics, what an awesome thread. I grew up in the Itala river valley. Went to school in vryheid. My heart is still in the valley's and hills of zululand. Also did all the battlefields a few years ago, if you don't mind, I would love to add a crappy cell phone pic or two of the river on your thread! Great thread! Ngiyabonga
    My life path is determined by my flyrod...

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Richardsbay, KZN
    Age
    45
    Posts
    4,756

    Default Re: Zululand Travels and Pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by Natal Navara Guy View Post
    Thanks for the pics, what an awesome thread. I grew up in the Itala river valley. Went to school in vryheid. My heart is still in the valley's and hills of zululand. Also did all the battlefields a few years ago, if you don't mind, I would love to add a crappy cell phone pic or two of the river on your thread! Great thread! Ngiyabonga
    Sure.
    "Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something, you are not here long"
    Walker Evans, Photographer

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Richardsbay, KZN
    Age
    45
    Posts
    4,756

    Default Re: Zululand Travels and Pictures

    White Mfolozi river, between Ulundi and Vryheid.
    Attached Images Attached Images  
    "Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something, you are not here long"
    Walker Evans, Photographer

  17. #17
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Kloof
    Age
    63
    Posts
    382

    Default Re: Zululand Travels and Pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    White Mfolozi river, between Ulundi and Vryheid.
    Is the picture taken from the low level bridge on the old road? How easy is it to get to?

    2015 Suzuki Grand Vitara Summit M/T

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Richardsbay, KZN
    Age
    45
    Posts
    4,756

    Default Re: Zululand Travels and Pictures

    Ian, no, the pic is from about 5km upstream of the low level bridge.
    "Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something, you are not here long"
    Walker Evans, Photographer

  19. #19
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Itala River Valley, Natal. Now Johannesburg.
    Age
    35
    Posts
    244

    Default Re: Zululand Travels and Pictures

    Between Pongola and Vryheid, you go past Paulpietersburg, when you exit Paulpietersburg instead of turning to Vryheid you carry on straight on the "backroute" to Natal Spa. There are natural hot springs there. Quite a nice weekend spot and you can fish in the Assegaai river. Tranquil place
    Last edited by Natal Navara Guy; 2016/11/20 at 01:25 PM.
    My life path is determined by my flyrod...

  20. #20
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Richardsbay, KZN
    Age
    45
    Posts
    4,756

    Default Re: Zululand Travels and Pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by Natal Navara Guy View Post
    Between Pongola and Vryheid, you go past Paulpietersburg, when you exit Paulpietersburg instead of turning to Vryheid you carry on straight on the "backroute" to Natal Spa. There are natural hot springs there. Quite a nice weekend spot and you can fish in the Assegaai river. Tranquil place
    And a bit expensive to stay at.
    "Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something, you are not here long"
    Walker Evans, Photographer

Page 1 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •