Ntelezi Msani Heritage Centre
Ntelezi Msani Heritage Centre in Mthwalume, a notable arts and heritage facility which was established in 2007. The centre plays a vital role in preserving and sharing the long history and traditions of the Zulu nation. It allows visitors to experience this unique history through artwork, dance, seminars and musical performances.
Learn the origins of the Zulu kingdom
The centre’s founding story of the 1906 Mthwalume Poll Tax uprising, as well as the origins of the Zulu Kingdom and expeditions of King Shaka on the KZN South Coast are all brought to life through traditional music, war cries and dance during a centre tour.
Experience the art of crafts and fighting
Visitors will get the opportunity to experience the art of Zulu stick fighting, as well as the intricate crafting of beads and reeds at the Ntelezi Msani Heritage Centre. There is even an adjudication process of the completed work and performance, with awards handed to the prize winners.
Become part of an ancient stone throwing ritual
A cairn of pebbles, known as isivivane, marks the places of ancient spiritual importance. As Zulu warriors travelled around the country, they would throw a rock onto the pile as a way to pay respects to past leaders. Within the KZN South Coast is Isivivane seNkosi uShaka, a site in Umzumbe where it’s believed King Shaka and his warriors passed on the way from Zululand to Pondoland in 1828. At Ntelezi Msani Heritage Centre, visitors are introduced to the essence of this important ritual and given a chance to participate in the age-old stone throwing, leaving a mark of themselves on the KZN South Coast forever.
Uncover the health and wellness secrets of Zulu tradition
The Zulu nation has long been revered for its physical strength and ability. The secret to lifelong health and wellness will be shared at a seminar – Isintu Healthy Lifestyle – which gives indigenous knowledge-based physical fitness and nutrition.
Support the local way of life
By visiting the Ntelezi Msani Heritage Centre, tourists are providing much needed support for the local communities, as well as ensuring the local history and culture will be shared with future generations. The centre also sells high-quality crafts created by communities residing in the area.