• sign in
  • |
  • sign up
  • |
  • my miniguide
  • |
  • write a review
eMakhosini Ophathe Heritage Park, Ulundi
Fast Facts




Off R66
Ulundi 3838
KwaZulu Natal
Historic Interest
Points of Interest Nearby

mGungunhlovu, the capital of Dingane, King of the Zulu in 1829 to 1838


Photo by Battlefields Region Guides

By Battlefields Region Guides

A trip to eMakhosini Ophathe Heritage Park is a must for all families curious about culture and history. eMakhosini, meaning place of the kings, is the heart and soul of the Zulu nation. It is the birthplace of the Zulu empire, it served as the backdrop for much of Zulu history, and is considered sacred by many Zulu. King Shaka was born in eMakhosini. The Zulu's defeated their archrivals, the Ndwandwe, at KwaGqokili Hill. King Dingane established his royal residence at uMgungundlovu, clashed with the Voortrekkers in the valley, and impaled Voortrekker leader Piet Retief and his followers at kwaMatiwane, known as the hill of execution. The final battle of the Anglo-Zulu War took place on the eastern edge of the park. Seven Zulu kings are buried in eMakhosini. Yet the most stirring sight is surely the Spirit of Emakhosini. This memorial surrounded by seven horns traces the history and culture of the Zulu people.
Getting There
The eMakhosini Ophathe Heritage Park is located roughly 10km south of Ulundi. The park is accessible from the R66 and the main entrance is just north of the intersection of the R34 and R66.
Hours & Times
Park gates are open daily 5:00 - 19:00 in summer and 6:00 - 18:00 in winter.
Things to Keep in Mind
The heritage site has a modern interpretation centre, restaurant and toilets. Game viewing opportunities are best in the Ophathe section of the park.
Traveler Reviews
There are no reviews yet. Be the first!
Write a Review
Preview & Post
Travel Trivia
An empanadas is a:
Books for Kids about South Africa
Free Travel Journal
Get a free kids travel journal to document your family vacation.
Download PDF