601 | After his defeat by Zibhebhu kaMapitha at the Battle of Ondini on 21st July 1883 Cetshwayo fled and was later offered the protection of the British Resident, Sir Melmoth Osborne at Eshowe where he died on 8th February 1884. The personal attendants would not permit an autopsy and took his body away into the Nkandla Forest for burial.

The grave is still under the custodianship of the Shezi community. Very poor signage; unless you are familiar with the territory the use of a Guide is advised.

Strict protocol should be observed when visiting the grave.