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Although widely known for the controversy surrounding it's name, Eshowe a said to be "the place of cool breezes" chosen throughout history for it's equable climate. Birth place of Cetshwayo. King of the Zulu Nation during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, and situated near King Shaka's famous KwaBulawayo kraal, Eshowe is a delightful and friendly town offering an excellent insight into Zulu culture. The town itself was appointed as the Capital of Zululand by the former colonial authorities and was founded under extraordinary circumstances after the Anglo-Zulu War, which has been recorded as one of the most dramatic and haunting events of the colonial era.


  • Fort Nongqayi, now the home of the Zululand Historical Museum

  • Vukani Collection, a display of Zulu artwork, pottery and craft which is the largest in the world. 

  • Eshowe is unique for having a 250 hectare indigenous forest within its municipal boundaries, the Dlinza forest as it is called. The forest, which is the pride of the town, is a Protected area and is a host to plant and animal life unique to the sub-tropical coastal forests of Zululand.

  • The Oceanview Gamepark situated at the main entrance to the town, where a variety of animals live in natural surroundings. Furthermore the town is closely situated to some of Southern Africa's premier game reserves

  • Rutledge Park and Eshlazi Dam

  • Old Gaol built in 1900 which is now a National Monument

  • Samarang The oldest Victorian home in Zululand built in 1883

  • King Cetshwayo's Memorial Commemorates the spot where King Cetshwayo died on February 8th 1884, and the site of the Gqikazi homestead

  • Coward's Bush Marked by a old kei-apple tree and a National Monuments Council plaque, this spot was a place of execution in King Shaka's time

  • KwaBulawayo Site of King Shaka's military base


  • Dlinza forest, has abundant facilities for walking, picnicking and bird watching.

  • First class championship golf course

  • Sporting facilities include, all-weather tennis courts, a bowling green, rugby and cricket fields and two municipal swimming pools.

  • The Battle Route, a comprehensive tour of battle sites of more than 50 of the most significant wars fought on South African soil

  • Hiking is a superb way to explore Zululand. The region is criss-crossed with trails, many of them in nature reserves and game parks.