The Cannibal Route!
During the time of King Shaka, the Zulu nation was at war with the BaSotho people (who today reside in the Free State). It came to the notice of Shaka that there were cannibals living in the Ilenge Mountain area, who were persistently raiding Zulu communities loyal to the King.
A warrior named Jobe was charged by King Shaka to eradicate the cannibals. This he did with great speed and success. As a reward Jobe was given the land cleared of the cannibals and made inkosi (chief) of the area. His descendants, the Sitholes, have lived on the land ever since.
It is proposed to create a tourism attraction based on the history of the area, focussing on the uniqueness of the cannibal phenomenon, and offering out-of-Africa accommodation, guided trails and an interpretative centre.
Visitors to the Cannibal Route will be encouraged to indulge in supportive activities in the area, such as hiking and horse trails, while there will be retail opportunities through the promotion of arts and crafts outlets.
The heart of the Cannibal Route is caves in the Ilembe Mountain, in which the infamous cannibals lived. It is some 60 kilometres from Ladysmith, in a scenic and tranquil area overlooking the Sundays and Tugela rivers.
For further details regarding The Cannibal Route development, contact 034 261 1000.