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 […]


The town grew around a mission station established in 1851 on the banks of the Mpangeni River by the Norwegian Missionary Society. Sugar, cotton, cattle and timber industries flourish in this agricultural region. Adventure And Sport Empangeni Country Club: Various sports such as tennis, golf, bowls and squash can be played in the beautiful surroundings […]


Reputed to be the oldest town in Zululand, it had its origins in 1860 when Cetshwayo gave the Norwegian Missionary Society permission to establish a mission station here. It was proclaimed a magistracy in 1887 when Zululand was annexed by Britain. Eshowe was the capital of Zululand for a few years after the Anglo-Zulu War […]


Hluhluwe is named after the thorny monkey rope climber, known as umHluhluwe in Zulu. Local crops include sisal and cotton and over 90 per cent of South Africa’s pineapples are produced here. The town acts as a base for people visiting the St Lucia Wetlands area and the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve. Art And Crafts Ilala […]


Jozini is a small business centre situated in the Ubombo Mountains. The name of this 600-km Ubombo range, extending north to the Limpopo Valley, changes to Lebombo north of the Pongola River. History And Architecture Dingane’s Grave: King Dingane, Shaka’s half brother, was defeated by his brother Mpande. Forced to flee to the Gwaliweni (Hlatikhulu) […]

Kosi Bay

The entire Kosi Bay is part of the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve, a pristine wilderness area that contains the Kosi Bay Estuary and lake system (consisting of four lakes). It is the only place in the country where all six mangrove tree species are found and it has the largest stand of naturally-occurring raffia palms […]


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 […]


This small trade and transport centre is situated east of the Lebombo Mountain Range. Towering over the town is Ghost Mountain, its jagged heights reaching some 530 m into the sky. Archaeology And Palaeontology Ndunakazi Hill: The hill is found inside the Mkuze Game Reserve. Venetian trade beads from approximately 1300 AD have been found […]


Situated on the fertile alluvial plain of the Umfolozi River, this town was established in 1903 and named for a local Zulu Inkosi (Chief), Mtubatuba. Today sugar-cane plantations encircle it. Adventure And Sport Beaches: Wash away your troubles in the waves or relax on the glorious beaches at Mission Rock and Cape Vidal. Ocean and […]


Mtunzini, “Place in the Shade”, is a premier eco and adventure tourism destination. The town’s policy of protecting its natural heritage paid off when it was declared a Conservancy in November 1995. It was originally the home of Zululand’s famous “White Chief”, John Dunn, diplomatic advisor to King Cetshwayo after the Zulu Civil War of […]