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Conservation and Culture

Zululand is home to a diverse range of culture, wildlife, scenery and history. There are dramatic coastlines and unspoilt beaches, further inland the scenery changes to rolling hills and dense forests. The area has a large variety of wildlife sanctuaries, game and nature reserves, estuaries and a huge birding community. A trip to Zululand would not be complete without a visit to Shakaland, near Eshowe, offers a unique interactive cultural experience for both young and old.

Zululand is a land of lush green hills, long waving grasslands and abundant forests, which stretches from the Dolphin Coast to Richard’s Bay and inland from the Tugela River to the Pongola River. Numerous historical sites can be visited, such as the famous ruins of Umgungundlovu, where Dingane was king of the Zulus. Inland you will also find plantations, cattle ranches and historical towns where you can relax in the sulphur springs.

KwaZulu-Natal is referred to as the ‘Kingdom of the Zulus’. One can explore cultural museums that concentrate on local history. Near Ondini, you can find the reconstructed royal enclosure of Cetshwayo, the Zulu King. The fascinating Vukani Collection Museum is found at Eshowe and boasts one of the best collections of Zulu art and culture in the world.

Zululand Map

Mid-Summer temperatures: 21 to 32°C
Mid-Winter temperatures: 11 to 26°C

Towns

Ulundi – Richard’s Bay – Vryheid – Pongola – Paulpietersburg – Melmoth – Empangeni – Eshowe – Mtunzini

Places to Visit

Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk

Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk

The Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk in Eshowe is a 150 metre long walkway built above the Dlinza Forest floor, which allows visitors to view flora, fauna and avifauna at treetop level.

Empangeni Art and Culture History Museum

Empangeni Art and Culture History Museum

This museum has a representative collection of contemporary KwaZulu-Natal artists works and an ethnographic collection of the regional culture.

Fort Nongqayi Museum Village

Fort Nongqayi Museum Village

Learn about South Africa’s only official white Zulu iNkosi or chief, who managed to find himself 48 wives.

Ithala Game Reserve

Ithala Game Reserve

Ithala Game Reserve is located within the rugged, mountainous thornveld of northern KwaZulu-Natal, the reserve’s multitude of habitats host a spectacular array of wildlife species.

Ntendeka Wilderness Area

Ntendeka Wilderness Area

Lying within the Ngome State Forest, Ntendeka remains relatively isolated. Over 45km of footpaths exist, most passing deep beneath the forest canopy on a carpet of leaves.

Pongolapoort Dam - Jozini

Lake Jozini

Also known as Pongolapoort Dam, Lake Jozini is situated just below Swaziland and offering some of the best game viewing, tiger fishing and birding in the province

Shakaland Zulu Cultural Village

Shakaland Zulu Cultural Village

South Africa has a plethora of African cultures, but the Zulu one is, undoubtedly, one of its most significant in terms of history, heritage and modern identity.

Vryheid Hill Nature reserve

Vryheid Hill Nature Reserve

A one-day hiking trail takes visitors through this scenic reserve with stops including Anglo-boer war gun points.

Annual Events

  • Art in the Shade Festival

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