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Ulundi, South Africa
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Historic Interest
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The Spirit of eMkhosini in the Valley of the Kings near Ulundi in Zululand


Photo by Battlefields Region Guides

By Battlefields Region Guides

Ulundi sits in the center of Zululand and is an ideal base for exploring Zulu cultural and heritage sites. It's the birthplace of the Zulu Kingdom. It served as the royal residence for seven Zulu kings. It is the capital of Zululand and the site of the final battle in the Anglo-Zulu War. It was raised to the ground on July 4, 1879 after the Battle of Ulundi. That said, there isn't much to the town. A trip to Ulundi is all about sights that when viewed as one bring home a great understanding of the Zulu people.

Visit the KwaZulu Cultural Museum at Ondini and gaze at a rich collection of Zulu artifacts. See the Battle of Ulundi Memorial, possibly the only monument in the world honoring both sides in the battle. Tour the grave of King Mpande and the neighboring museum, known as The Great Hut, and learn about the life of a Zulu King. Explore the eMakhosini Opathe Heritage Park and discover the heart and soul of the Zulu Nation.
Getting There
Ulundi is located in the South African province of KwaZulu Natal and is situated 235km from Durban, 155km from Richards Bay, 125km from Vryheid and 80km from Eshowe. The airport in Ulundi, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Airport, receives charter flights only. Both major carriers and low-cost airlines service the airports in Richards Bay and Durban. A car is required to reach area attractions.
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
The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and several birding sites are located nearby.
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