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King Mpande ruled Zululand from 1840 to 1872 and managed to live in harmony with both the Voortrekkers for the short time they governed Natal and later with the British. During his rule large numbers of Zulus migrated south and established themselves in Natal.

Mpande’s Grave and the Great Hut is situated in the centre of modern day Ulundi and can be visited daily. The site contains a memorial column, his grave and the large hut which includes some well displayed information on Mpande and the Zulu nation.

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  • I’ve driven around the fence three times this week between the hours of 08:00 and 16:30. The gate is locked and no one is ever there to let one in to check things out…

    • Unfortunately this site, like many Zulu Heritage sites is very sensitive and very difficult to access as we understand it needs the local chief’s approval and this is beyond the control of any tourism authority. We have forwarded your comment on to Ken Gillings and to AMAFA to see if they can assist you. Sadly this is all we can do.


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  • A very informative site. I was very happy to read this history of the region. My family was transferred to Swaziland from a place called KwaNodwengu during these years. I wondered if I could get more information on the Shabalala clan at the time. Your help will be truly appreciated.
    Kind regards
    Musa Shabalala

  • My name is malibongwe mdanyana from Pondoland Eastern cape and we amanyathi akanodwengu unothwebulela are using nodwengu as iziduko and are these families using nodwengu related?

  • Ngwenya comes from Ngwenyama or Ngonyama in popular Zulu tick. Also called Nkuna or Gona or Chuka (Kenya) or Ngcuka or Kau or Khalo or lokha or Ilunga (Congo). The Congolese hold that it is the Ilunga tribe of the Lunda-Luba who became Zulus but tge word Lunda-Luba is another way of writing Zulu as Lunda = Elephant = Ndou = Zhou = Tlou = Ndlovu =Njobvu (Swahili-Kenyan) then Lunda-Luba becomes Zhou-Luba which is then Zuluba or BaZulu like how Sotobe = Besoto. When writing in French English alphabet-spelling Zulu becomes Zhoulou or Soulou.

    Zulus are native all over th3 world lioe South East Asia, India, South Pacific and Australia where black people are indigenous before current settlers ans dominant cultures stayed there. That is why all these countries have a sizable black population and they did not go there as slaves but they were found there by Chinese, White and India settlers. That is why they all have an indiginous black people problem.

    Anyway, the Phillipines and Indonesian Zulus were called Sulu – and they called themselves Maharlinka (Maluleka- KaMnyeni or KaCele or Khangela – npw callinh themselves Xhosa and living in the Eastern Cape) and Macabebe (BakaBhebhe – Mhlongo – now calling themselv3s Sothos or Barolong ba ga … also called Zungu or Zongo or Ngozo). I also have pictures of them looking pretty black and African. They lived there in the 1200s -1600s when the Dutch deported them to South Africa, some went to live in Papua New Guinea, Australia and West Papua province of Indonesia. There are records that indicate that these Sulus who were Islam like Zwide and Dingaan (anywhere you find their people in Africa, a large portion of Bantus are muslim). Their princes were called Tuan, we call them Mntwana. I have done a lot of research on them, they were black. Only a few years after slavery ended did King Shaka rise to power.

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