In 1887 the British government annexed Zululand and, after establishing several magisterial districts, decided to oversee the district of Mthonjaneni from a town called Melmoth. The town was named after the newly-appointed Resident-Commissioner and Chief Magistrate of Zululand, Sir Melmoth Osborn. Melmoth lies some 800 m above sea level in the lush green mist belt and is now an established trading and agricultural centre with an emphasis on timber. One of the largest conservancies in KwaZulu-Natal is situated in the vicinity.

Adventure And Sport

KwaNzimela Hiking Trail: The KwaNzimela Hiking Trail traverses the beautiful lush countryside that surrounds the town.

Marula Hunting Lodge: The Marula Hunting Lodge offers facilities for hunters.

Qwibi Horse Trail: The Qwibi Horse Trail allows lovely views from the vantage point of a horse’s back.

Culture/Community Tourism

Simunye Zulu Cultural Village: Just outside Melmoth, this authentic cultural village showcases daily Zulu life, offers comfortable accommodation and rides on horseback or on an ox wagon. A Zulu battalion of warriors with flaming torches welcomes visitors to the village. Staff will also accompany visitors to traditional celebrations held in villages in the area.

History And Architecture

KwaMagwaza Mission Station: The station – “the place of tall trees” – was established in 1860 by the Reverend Robert Robertson. The mission was destroyed and rebuilt twice, first during the Anglo-Zulu War in 1879, and again during civil disturbances in Zululand in 1884.

Mthonjaneni Site: The site lies on a hill overlooking the Ulundi plain and was once used by both British and Zulu forces.

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