AMMAZULU PALACE - A BOUTIQUE HOTEL PLAYING TRIBUTE TO SOUTH AFRICAN DESIGN
Explore Ammazulu African Palace, the KZN-based hotel paying tribute to African heritage.
Nestled among the trees in Kloof Gorge and Krantzkloof Nature Reserve in KZN is renowned architect Peter Amm’s tribute to the historical treasures that capture the rich heritage of the area. Ammazulu African Palace is a unique and colourful hotel that is filled with personality and an impressive collection of African artifacts.
We’re welcomed by Peter Amm, the owner and co-creator of the boutique hotel.
“The place was originally going to be a museum but the town council didn’t like the idea, so I thought of incorporating a boutique hotel into a museum. The theme throughout the hotel celebrates as many cultures as possible, but in Natal I especially celebrate the Zulu culture, and have done so by incorporating elements onto, and into, the building and architecture,” shares Peter.
Peter believes that “Our heritage is our soul.” He adds, “Art and culture is fundamental to the human spirit, it forms the nucleus of who we are, so it’s vitally important that we celebrate it as much as possible.”
The hotel boasts 10 guest rooms, a reading area, curio shop and a private space for dining. The entire place, from the floors to the walls and ceilings, are covered by a rich collection of bead-work, sculptures and traditional artifacts.
The hotel was principally designed by Kevin MacGarry, an architect who was intrigued by the concept and the location. Together, they’ve been nurturing the site for 4 decades after it was initially purchased.
Once outside, it’s clear that the interiors are matched by the rich abundance of the areas’ natural beauty.
Peter explains the value of their setting… “The location is unique. It sits on the edge of Krantzkloof Gorge, which feels like you’re in the middle of Africa. It’s totally natural and wild, and appropriate for a place like this to overlook such a beautiful venue.”
The Ammazulu African Palace is a reminder of the exceptional ways that people have used the beauty of art to add meaning to our world, and Peter Amm, a true ambassador for our rich South African Heritage.