I’d like to tell you about a hidden gem of Kwazulu-Natal that is very dear to my heart : Zingela
Zingela is a piece on heaven on Earth. Lost ? Lost? Yes, well, for the uninitiated, even the access is a great adventure. From Pietermartizburg, it takes 2 hours more or less depending on your 4×4 skills. The adventure starts from the highway and goes to the village of Weenen. When you finally leave the village, it’s time to engag the 4×4 and show your mad skills for about an hour of jeep track through the savannah.
Zingela is where you can forget the world. Indeed, it’s kind of a bit far anyway. But not only, there is no signal on the entire estate. Just a little bit of intermittent wifi at the bar – because yes, of course, there is a bar.
The estate is in the middle of bush and surrounded by the savannah. The camp itself is located along the Thukela River. The Thukela is also my study area and that’s why I’m spending and will spend many days and weeks in Zingela in the coming year.
The accommodation (huts, houses, cabins … there is something for everyone) were built by hand with natural materials found on site. And for my greatest pleasure: outdoor shower and with a view.
Zingela, it’s also about 6 km of river, rapids and large pools and a great place for kyayking. Et for me, actually, that river is more or less my office !
In my next post, I will explain why, how and what I’m doing in Zingela. But for now, enjoy the view.