KwaZulu-Natal North Coast
If you savour peace and non-violence, then you should pay at least one visit to a veritable shrine to an architect of democracy, freedom and non-racism, Chief Albert Luthuli, in the quaint KwaZulu-Natal North Coast town of Groutville.
Sit at a desk and flip through the pages of the same book that Africa’s first Nobel Peace Prize for Peace was reading in the week he died in a much-contested train accident.
Walking through the kitchen of the same house where Chief Luthuli lived, you cannot miss the pristine wood-and coal stove on which the great man’s meals were prepared.
Spend a day in Groutville and its surrounds and be treated to a mix of struggle politics, religion, Zulu time-honoured leadership and sumptuous traditional meals.
Visitors will begin their free history lesson at the Luthuli Museum – Chief Luthuli’s house conserved in its original state – which is a national cultural institution charged with preserving, upholding, promoting and propagating the life, values, philosophies and legacy of the one-time president of the ANC.
Follow this with a visit to the nearby United Congregational Church where Chief Luthuli delivered sermons as a lay preacher.
Unknown to many people, Groutville also has the distinction of having been the birth-place of one of South Africa’s literary pioneers, the poet and author, B. W. Vilakazi. Groutville currently has a primary school that is named after him, Vilakazi Primary School.
To quell hunger pangs, treat yourself to a sumptuous braai at the upmarket TEN11 Lounge & Braai House in KwaDukuza.
Thereafter, spend time at the King Shaka Visitor Centre which marks the resting place of King Shaka Zulu who was killed on 24 September 1828 by two of his brothers while he was sitting on a rock.
For nature lovers, there is the Harold Johnson Nature Reserve on the south bank of the Tugela River, with picnic spots that have the most beautiful views of the river as it meanders its way to the sea. The small reserve offers walking trails, picnic sites, a small variety of game and a large variety of birdlife.
And for those who prefer mixing some sport with outdoor travels, swing your clubs at the nearby Prince’s Grant Golf Course.
There’s no better place to find yourself surrounded by history, adventure and excitement than the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast. #KZNHasItAll #BelieveIt