Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) has announced the formal completion of the Zamokuhle Cultural Lodge, situated outside Estcourt in KwaZulu-Natal. FTT was responsible for managing the development of the lodge, which was handed over to the Amahlubi Heritage Foundation Trust in September.
The cultural lodge and visitors’ centre was funded by the National Lotteries Commission and was managed by FTT in partnership with the Amahlubi Heritage Foundation Trust and the Evangelical Lutheran Church, which made land available for the centre. The project’s aim is to celebrate the culture and history of the Amahlubi Tribe.
The Amahlubi people are believed to have moved south from central Africa, arriving in South Africa in the 1300s and settling in the current KwaZulu-Natal in the 1650s.
FTT Managing Director, Jane Edge, said the Amahlubi Trust would assume responsibility for the lodge operations and funding was being sought for additional skills training and capacity building of the local community. In the interim, Durban NGO Africa!Ignite has been commissioned to train craftspeople and storytellers, to create storyboards presenting Amahlubi history and to train local community members in tourism management skills.
Cultural activités in the centre will include storytelling, traditional dances and providing traditional meals for visitors. Three luxury accommodation rondavels are available for overnight visitors.