Heart of the Zulu Kingdom

©Roger de la Harpe
View of the White Umfolozi River, KwaZulu-Natal.
©Roger de la Harpe
White rhino (Ceratotherium simum).

Ulundi, the legislative capital of KwaZulu-Natal, lies on the northern banks of the White Umfolozi River and its Zulu name is translated as 'the high place'. Site of the royal village of the Zulu Kingdom, Ulundi is inextricably linked to the history of the Zulu people and their resistance to British colonialism.

It is considered the centre of the Zulu Kingdom and is near former Zulu King Cetshwayo's royal settlement. It was destroyed by fire, by British soldiers in the final battle of the Anglo-Zulu War - the Battle of Ulundi - in 1879.

Visitors can go on cultural tours within the Royal Zulu Kraal, in the Valley of the Kings, also joining in on folk dancing and singing. Guided hikes and tours are available in both the Imfolozi Park and at Emakhosini, Valley of the Kings.

The KwaZulu Cultural Museum is an attraction not to be missed. It offers more than a mere displaying of artefacts from the past, allowing visitors gain a deeper understanding of past and present Zulu culture.

Ulundi is situated in close proximity to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park, a park focusing on saving the endangered black rhino, whose numbers have dwindled over the last few decades. Today, a fifth of the world's black and white rhino live in the park.