Zululand Local History

The uMuzi Bushcamp is the ideal base from which to explore the area. The KwaZulu cultural Museum, The Ondini Reconstruction and Site Museum is situated adjacent. The eMakhosini (Valley of the Zulu Kings) lies within half a hour and the battlefields of Rorkes Drift and Isandlawana are just over a hour drive away.  

Sites of Particular Historic Significance in the eMakhosini Valley

1. Grave of Zulu

2. Grave of Nkosinkulu

3. Grave of Phunga

4. Grave of Mageba

5. Grave of Ndaba

6. Grave of Jama

7. Grave of Senzangakhona (Shaka's Father)

8. Grave of King Dinizulu

9. uMgungundlovu (headquarters of King Dingane)

10. Grave of Piet Retief

11. Siklebeni (Senzangakhona's homestead)

12. Nobamba (Homestead of Kings Jama and Dinizulu - the most sacred site in the eMakhosini)

13. kwaGqokil Hill (the site where King Shaka defeated his arch rival, iNkosi Zwide of the Ndwandwe in 1818)

14. Fort Nolela (where the British forces under Lord Chelmsford camped before crossing the river to engage the Zulu army in the final battle of the Anglo-Zulu War)

15. Battle of Ophathe (between warriors of King Dingane and a Voortrekker commando)

16. KwaBulawayo one (King Shaka's first homestead in about 1816)

17. Dingane's (Mtonjaneni's) Spring (It is said that water for King Dingane's personal use was drawn from the spring by girls who walked several kilometers to and from uMgungundlovu every day)

18. Nodwengu (Homestead and grave of King Mpande)

19. Ulundi Battlefield (the final battle of the Anglo Zulu War)

20. Ondini (King Cetshwayo's Military capital)

21. Biyela Ancestral Site (where the traditional installation of King Cetshwayo took place)

22. Witvloos Furnace Site (known for the painting by French Angus during the reign of King Mpande) Nolela Drift.

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