If you love history, discovering and experiencing new cultures, then Eshowe in the Southern Zululand area will leave you in awe. But let Asambe Tours help you unlock the region.
Eshowe is the oldest European settlement in the KwaZulu Natal and has an abundance of historical sites to see and things to do. From abundant wildlife, birdlife to annual festivals and warm beaches, there are all the ingredients for a fascinating tour.
Visitors will find the climate mostly pleasant – in fact, several historical Zulu kings are known to have called the area home at some point in their lives. The summers can be hot and humid, while the rest of the year can be mild.
If you also believe there is no better person to show you around an area than a local, then Henry Bird, the owner of Asambe Tours, is your man. He is a long-time resident of the Eshowe area and has been a registered tour guide for years now.
Thanks to his intimate knowledge of the area, you will leave with insights that you can never find in any tour catalogue.
Asambe actually means ‘let’s go’ in the local Zulu.
“It is my conviction that Zululand has more to offer tourists than any other part of this country,” Bird notes on the company’s website.
“The indigenous people with their rich and colourful history, as well as their attractive lifestyle, are a major attraction, add to this the natural beauty of this part of South Africa and one has the primary ingredients for an exciting and memorable visit.”
Services offered at Asambe Tours
Asambe Tours has six exciting guided tours on offer. The Eshowe Tour takes you in and around this historic town. Discover about the history of the area how the Norwegian missionaries made the first meaningful contact with the Zulu kingdom and how it fell apart in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.
The Shaka Country Tour takes visitors through the immediate surroundings of Eshowe to the site where King Shaka had his Royal capital – KwaBulawayo. His mother, Nandi, is buried close by.
Retrace the battles fought in the KwaZulu Natal area through the Battlefields Tour – in fact the area has one of the largest concentrations of battlefields in South Africa.
With their Timeless Zululand Tour, you are taken back to a time in the Zululand prior to the arrival of Europeans.
Take the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Park Tour and discover one of the oldest game parks in Africa before picnicking on the banks of the iMfolozi River.
The Zulu Heritage Tour is another popular tour that helps visitors experience life in a rural Zulu village. Here, you can also buy crafts directly from the artists themselves.
Reviews from people who have used Asambe Tours previously
“You gave us the opportunity to see and experience a part of rural Zulu life that we couldn’t have done on our own. We felt privileged to be given that insight. Your knowledge, expertise and love of your work, your country, the Zulu people and their culture were so obvious and much appreciated,” wrote Heather and Gordon, who were visiting from Northern Ireland.
Pauline & Mel, from England, added; “Recently we watched a programme on TV about the Zulu war and the battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. It was interesting, but not nearly as good as being there and having it explained so well. Thank you again. Best wishes.”
“Get hold of tour guide Henry Bird for a day jam-packed with fascinating facts and more than your fair share of laughs,” said Shelley Seid in a column on the Sunday Times newspaper.