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Eshowe, South Africa
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Whether you prefer the romantic rendition of the town's name, sound of whispering wind blowing though the trees, or the literal translation of the isiZulu word ishongwe meaning milkbush shrubs, a trip to Eshowe offers insight to one of South Africa's cultural crossroads. Eshowe is steeped in Zulu history and culture. It's the oldest European settlement in Zululand. It was the site of the Siege of Eshowe, an often-overlooked battle in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. It was a colonial capital. It boasts an indigenous forest and eclectic mix of museums. Take a turn in the Dhlinza Forest and spy on butterflies and birds. Tour the Vukani Museum and find out about Zulu arts and crafts. Visit the Zululand Historical Museum and see a hodgepodge of historical things. Visit the Shakaland Cultural Village and learn about Zulu culture. Partake in a guided tour and glimpse below the surface.
Getting There
Eshowe sits in the center of Zululand and is located in the South African province of KwaZulu Natal. It is situated roughly 85 km from Richards Bay and 147 km from Durban. Durban's King Shaka Airport is a 75-minute drive. Both major carriers and low-cost airlines service the airports in Richards Bay and Durban. A car is required to reach Eshowe and most area attractions. The roads to Eshowe are well-maintained.
When to Travel
Zululand has a subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid. Winters are mild and dry. The average daytime high is 28°C (83°F) from December through March and 22°C (72°F) in June and July. The nighttime lows are significantly cooler than the daytime high throughout the year. The area receives in excess of 1000mm of rainfall each year, most of which falls between November and April.
Things to Keep in Mind
Eshowe is good place for a break in a long distance drive and interesting day trip from the coast.
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