Come see the Ammazulu African Palace


Hi again everyone. Wednesday was the most fantastic day, and we had so much fun and lots of great food. We went to my sister’s house first, and when we were all assembled, and my mom had just about hugged her grandson to death, and “oohed” and “aahed” over her little great granddaughter, who she hasn’t seen for 4 years,

we set off for lunch to the ‘AmmaZulu African Palace’,Β  a unique luxury lodge on the edge of the Kloof Gorge and Krantzkloof Nature Reserve.

When you get to the top of the steep, rocky driveway, you are greeted by a spectacular sight. The entrance is really ornate,and so brightly decorated. here is a photo of the whole family, taken before we went in.

This amazing place is the brainchild of Peter Amm, who it is said, just hates to see anything go to waste. He has decorated his palace with bits and pieces of stuff which he’s collected over many years, from buildings that were being demolished. These are gorgeous fretwork doors and panels, he salvaged from a Balinese temple.

There are chandeliers with all sorts of weird and wonderful bits and pieces hanging from them. When my mom caught sight of this pillar as we walked along the top-level, she exclaimed, β€œOh yes, a couple of those would make a lovely bra.” πŸ˜€

These are original Durban rickshaws in pristine condition, looking much smarter than the ones which are in use for the tourists today.

We saw a collection of African wooden β€œPillows,” which our guide assured us are far more comfortable than the ones we use. Hard to believe, but then I’ve never tried one. Next to them, was a collection of beautiful beaded waistcoats, lovingly crafted long ago by young maidens for their betrothed. Each design has a different message. These were presented to the lucky young man, along with the traditional beaded β€œLove letters .”

Any South African would be most intrigued by this sculpture, which has a shower over the head. It isn’t labelled of course, but we can draw our own conclusions.Β  πŸ™‚

We spent some time outside, chatting over drinks, and admiring the lovely view over the gorge.

Lots of photos were taken, and Sienna borrowed her dad’s camera and took a photo of her great-uncle Mike. Not bad for a 6-year-old photographer.

She really took a great liking to this wooden sculpture and spent a long time playing around it, and even putting her head inside the Hippo’s mouth. πŸ™‚

We all had a delicious buffet lunch, specially prepared for us by the very friendly and expert chef. This was my third birthday meal, as I’ve really strung the celebrations out as long as possible, until my son arrived, and we could all celebrate together. I had some belated gifts too, which are really lovely.

I’ll just put up a few more pics of the fabulous decor inside the Ammazulu Palace. Having been shown around the whole of this fabulous place, we felt a distinct sensory overload.The photos definitely don’t do it justice. You’d have to really go there yourself to be wowed by the inventiveness and artistic genius of the owner.

Yesterday we went to U Shaka, the giant aquarium and water world in Durban, where we had a really fantastic time. Sienna loved it, especially the dolphin show. Those photos will have to wait until I get back, as I could be somewhat internet-less for the next week.

Today weΒ  left very early to do the 7 hour drive up to Johannesburg to stay with my daughter and family. It will be so great for us all to be together for a few days, and for Sienna to be with her teenage cousins, Tamsyn and Justin. Unfortunately our son-in-law won’t be there, as last night he left on a trip to climb Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Rather him than me, but I’m sure it will be a great adventure.

Thanks to all of you who have visited my last post and left such wonderful and generous comments. I do love this WordPress community. You’re such a great bunch of bloggers. Chat to you all again very soon. πŸ™‚

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86 comments on “Come see the Ammazulu African Palace

  1. WOW what a lovely blog. Just love the photo’s. Next time that I’m in KwaZulu Natal I am surely going to look it up…. Thank your for sharing with us all.

  2. what an extraordinary palace, absolutely amazing … full of brilliant treasures for everyone to enjoy …. like Sienna and the lion, and your mother with the “bra”!

  3. Wow. The place itself is a work of Art with rich materials from different countries. The colors and texture, the huge pillars, the ambiance, the landscape…spectacular. And the smiles and love of friends and family, overflowing. Belated Happy Birthday!

  4. What an unbelievable place that is…just wow….We are truly blessed to have such creative people in our midst aren’t we!!!

  5. What a blessing to share with family across four generations. Your photos are beautiful. Thank you for sharing your wonderful day.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

  6. wow, what a feast of colours and shapes.

    Your granddaughter is so pretty, and shows such a sweet nature as well. A wonderful combination

  7. Well first of all..SO INCREDIBLE!!!! What an amazing place!! Secondly, your mother sounds like my kind of girl πŸ™‚ Thirdly HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!!

  8. Seems that you all had a great meeting and visited a great place… How interesting and beautiful… Thank you dear AD, I wished to be there too… your photographs are amazing… of course your young assistant too πŸ™‚ Have a nice weekend, Blessing and Happiness to you all, love, nia

  9. Thanks for sharing this. I’ve loved every bit, though the hippo might just be my favorite. Have a glorious time and we’ll be waiting to see what you bring back.

  10. As others have said,beautiful place to see!!! Thank you for showing it to us πŸ˜€ That pick of her head in the hippo statutes mouth,with that big grin….priceless!!! πŸ˜€

    The DC

  11. Does Sienna love being the center of attention? πŸ˜‰ Meanwhile, sounds like a great day with family and thanks for sharing the beautiful pics. Love the colors … and the gorge!

  12. Next time I’m in Durbs I will be going on a visit to the Palace, as for U Shaka I go there every time I’m there love the place… as for climbing Killy, rather him than me.. thats for sure… enjoy it up here for the week…

  13. My word that looks epic! What an awesome looking place. Seems like you’re having a great deal of fun. Glad to hear it!

  14. I remember you posting about this place before, I think we must make a plan and pay a visit, it looks wonderful. Sounds like you are enjoying yourselves, have a great trip to Jhb.

  15. Wow I’s love to see that place. Sienna is going to be well prepared for “show and tell” when she gets back to school. Great to see your mom looking so well. The photo of her and Sienna is just too precious πŸ™‚

  16. Your mom is such a hoot AD πŸ˜‰
    Loved the photos!! Think when we get to the coast some day, that should definitely be visited!
    Enjoy the stay with the kids πŸ˜‰

  17. Is that place for real? It looks really amazing! How do you manage to ferret out these hidden gems? (ps. I am making a conscious effort to differentiate between A and E, so far so good)

    • My BiL knows the owner of the Palace, so got us the lunch reservation. Usually they only cater for parties of 10 or more. So glad your A and your E are being kept far apart. πŸ˜€

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