This town was established in 1855 on land granted to European settlers by King Dinizulu as a reward for their assistance to him. The name means, “Father there it is”, referring to the lofty hill that is a recognised landmark in the area. Currently the service centre for local farmers, it is centrally located, making it an ideal base for those wanting to explore the Battlefields Route.
Adventure And Sport
Eagles View: Hiking trails for the adventurous are available at the nearby Natural Heritage Site – Eagles View.
Mountain Bike Trails: Cycling enthusiasts will have many opportunities to explore the area along several mountain bike trails.
Trans-Zululand 4×4 Trail: The Trans-Zululand 4×4 Trail starts off at a designated spot near town. It usually takes five to six days to complete this exploration of the beautiful coastal scenery.
Umfolosi-Thongaland 4×4 Trail: The Umfolosi-Thongaland 4×4 Trail starts in Babanango and leads explorers through some spectacular game and bird-watching country.
Zulu Cultural Villages: The Publicity Association in the town organises trips to traditional Zulu cultural villages in the area.
History And Architecture
Battlefields: Join one of the guided tours to battlefields such as Italeni, Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift. Many of the historical sites date back to the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 and the Anglo-Boer War of 1899 to 1902. Important Anglo-Zulu War forts such as Fort Marshall, Fort Prospect and Fort Evelyn are in the area.
Makhoseni Valley of the Kings: Most of the Zulu kings have been buried in the Makhoseni Valley of the Kings south-east of town.
Umgungundhlovu Royal Kraal: Umgungundhlovu was the kraal (traditional African settlement) of King Dingane, the Zulu king who murdered the Voortrekker Piet Retief and his people in 1838. Dingane was Shaka’s half-brother.