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Shakaland / Eshowe

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Zulu woman with potShakaland
Access: Turn from the N2 at Dokodweni Toll Plaza into the R66 to Melmoth. 14 kms behind Eshowe the turn-off to Shakaland is sign-posted.

Shakaland Tours
Tours for day visitors start at 11 am daily. 1 pm is the time for the traditional Zulu meal. The tours end at around 2 pm. Costs per person including lunch: 195 Rand. For guests who stay overnight at Shakaland, the tours start at 4 pm. Tel (0)35 4600912

King CetshwayoEshowe - now a cosy country town with less than 20,000 inhabitants - once was the capital of Zululand. King Cetshwayo's headquarters were here, before he moved them in 1873 to Ondini (Ulundi). Eshowe also had a mission station called KwaMondi. In the Anglo-Zulu War in 1879 the Zulus were eventually defeated in the "Battle of Ulundi" (see Ulundi page). The British converted the mission station into a fort, known as Fort Eshowe. Eshowe became the administrative centre of the region and got in 1883 an additional fort, Fort Nongqayi, which was much bigger. This is where, today, the Zululand Historical Museum is located, which documents the history of Zululand. It is open daily from 9 am to 4 pm. Highly recommended, if you are interested in the local history. Next door is the Vukani Museum with its extensive exhibition of Zulu arts & crafts. Tel (035) 4741141.
EshoweDlinza Forest
Nature Reserve

An oasis amidst the seemingly endless sugar cane fields surrounding Eshowe is the 250 hectare Dlinza Forest Reserve west of the town centre. Here, a stretch of original coastal forest is being protected, which once covered the entire coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Two hiking trails - the1,3 km Impunzi Trail and the1,8 km Unkonka Trail - lead through the forest.

Dlinza Aerial BoardwalkSomething very special is the 125 metre Dlinza Aerial Boardwalk. A wooden foot-bridge made from local timber runs in 10 metres height above the ground and leads to a viewing platform above the canopy, 20 metres high. From here one has a wide view, even to the Indian Ocean in the distance. The reserve is part of the Zululand Birding Route. 65 bird species have been registered, among them rare ones like the Crowned Eagle and the Natal Lourie. At the Visitors' Centre comprehensive information as well as bird guides are available. Small entry fee. Dlinza is open daily from 8 am until 5 pm. Tel (035) 4744029

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