Brown Sign: Fort Nongquayi Museum Village, Eshowe, South Africa

Before leaving Eshowe for the Drakensberg Mountains to the north, we stopped at the Fort Nogqayi Museum Village.  The fort was used by local military and police units.  Beside it is a church established by a Norwegian missionary.  In addition to the historic buildings are a museum of Zulu crafts, and a conference center and craft shops. In contrast to Shakaland, with its emphasis on entertaining tourists, this museum complex focused on informing visitors.

We arrived early in the morning and were greeted by friendly, attentive staff.  A young man toured the church and fort areas with us.  The displays represented traditional Zulu living quarters, crafts, and history.  Another section provided information and displays about the British military units that were deployed here.

A separate guide took us around the museum of Zulu artifacts.  Examples of historic and modern crafts were displayed, representing their traditions in ceramics, basket weaving, carving, and bead work.  The docents were as knowable as they were enthusiastic about their heritage.  Craft items were for sale in the shop, allowing us to collect a bit of contemporary history.

While a bit out of the way for the tourist treks, the Fort Nongqayi Museum Village rounded out our experience of the Zulu history and culture.

 

P.S. Dear readers.  Thanks for following us along our safari portion of our tour of South Africa.  We had an other week and a half of touring left, but wildlife viewing would be less of the emphasis.  Thus, I will go back to my usual travel blog title, Brown Signs, for the rest of our trip.  If you are a new reader, Brown Signs, are those signs on the side of the road indicating a point of interest.  Do not just drive by them, but turn off the road and spend some time.

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Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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