Zululand Travel Guide

Map of Zululand

Zululand, in the heart of KwaZulu Natal, is an area rich in symbolism and tradition. It is the birthplace of a very proud nation and is fondly referred to as the “Heartbeat of Africa”


It is a region of great cultural significance as it was here that the King of the Zulus – Shaka - forged his Zulu Kingdom. It was also here that the last battle of the Anglo-Zulu war was fought.


Today, Zulu kraals and villages in the vicinity display the traditional Zulu way of life to visitors. There are several exciting traditional Zulu villages open to the public, Shakaland and Duma Zulu amongst them. Shakaland is built on the site of Shaka’s original kraal. The village introduces the visitor to Zulu history, culture, medicine and beer, and the traditional dancing is a show for all ages. 

Battlefield tours including Islandlawana and Roakes Drift allow visitors to explore some of Africa’s most interesting and exciting history. Combine this with an astonishing variety of wild game – such as at Phinda Private Game Reserve – and you have a prefect holiday destination.


Top things to do in Zululand Region:


  • Learn about the Zulu Culture – visit one of the Zulu villages such as Shakaland to learn first hand
  • Go horseback riding on the endless sandy beaches
  • Go deep sea fishing
  • Explore the Zulu Croc Reptile park which offers a two snake and crocodile interactive experience
  • Say at Isibindi in Zulu beehive huts and then go on a nature walk into the reserve