Zululand Cultural Attractions

Zululand enjoys a rich history, punctuated by the legends of powerful Zulu kings and warriors, battling against the armed colonial and Boer settlers. Battlefields pepper the landscapes as testimony to the wars behind what is, today, a vibrant, cultural destination. Monuments stand tall in honour of those that fought so hard for this land, and cultural villages can be found throughout the borders of Zululand, inviting visitors to experience the true African spirit.

These attractions are just some of those that speak of the culture and heritage of KwaZulu-Natal and Zululand:


This route showcases a number of the little historical towns between Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal that may otherwise have gone below the radar. Paulpietersberg was significant in the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer wars, and boasts many relics of yesteryear. Vryheid has three museums, battlefields, and plenty of Zulu arts and crafts. Ulundi is home to the Valley of the Kings, Cetshwayo’s kraal and Piet Retief’s grave. Melmoth was one of the towns of the gold rush, while Carolina was part of the wagon route between Johannesburg and the gold fields (Kaap Valley). These are just some of the little gems along the Rainbow Route, making it a really stunning cultural treat.


Immerse yourself in the customs, traditions and everyday life of the local Zulu folk when you visit the DumaZulu Traditional Village in Hluhluwe. A visit includes tasting traditional Zulu beer and a hearty lunch, watching song and dance performances, meeting the locals, and getting to see what an average day in an African village is all about. Curios, arts and crafts are on sale, which uplifts the local community as they can sell their creations to their visitors.


The artistic expression of the history and heritage of a place is intriguing. It is personal and completely subjective. This allows both the artist and the person enjoying the piece to see the culture being portrayed in their own unique light and perspective. The Empangeni Arts and Cultural History Museum combines the modern works of up-and-coming Zululand and KwaZulu-Natal artists with a collection of pieces that speak of the traditional and historical identity behind contemporary culture. The exhibitions are dynamic; a must for art enthusiasts.


This KwaZulu-Natal route is excellent for families and individuals that want to experience the wonder and magnitude of the wars amongst the British, Zulu and Boer people. This route includes 82 battlefields, forts, museums, and other places of remembrance; scattered throughout the KwaZulu Natal province. As an added bonus, these battlefields and related attractions are near to a host of game reserves, lodges, guesthouses, B&B’s, and towns.


This project focuses more on the modern culture of Zululand. It was started to give rural children that are affected by HIV / AIDS assistance. The aim is to give each child a sense of community, family, and a home; rather than to institutionalise them. It is based in Eshowe and a visit here can include a trip to the upliftment project to get a real taste of the positive work being done in these communities.

Zululand is a place of extraordinary variety and a deep sense of culture and heritage. It is fantastic to see with friends and family and is guaranteed to leave lasting memories.

The Natural Attractions of Zululand

As a destination, Zululand is extraordinary. It combines inordinate natural beauty with fun, culture, heritage, and entertainment. This makes it the ideal destination for groups of friends, honeymooning couples, and families visiting South Africa. In addition, it is only a few hours’ drive from Durban and the King Shaka International Airport.

Zululand stretches along the eastern coast of the KwaZulu-Natal Province and extends inland to incorporate traditional villages and the battlefields of the Anglo-Zulu wars of centuries ago. Occupying such an exquisite part of South Africa puts Zululand in the prime spot for visitors wanting to experience the gorgeous natural attractions of this part of the world.

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

As the oldest nature reserve on the African continent, it is not surprising that this Zululand gem is a favourite amongst locals and international tourists. It boasts the awesome Big Five (elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion and rhinoceros), as well as cheetah, spotted hyena, crocodile, jackal, kudu, eland and many more. Navigate the 300 kilometres of roads that wind through the park to get the most out of your Zululand safari.

Dlinza Forest Nature Reserve

Explore the untouched beauty of the forests and their incredible array of butterflies just outside Eshowe. Dlinza Forest has a number of excellent walking trails as well as an elevated boardwalk that is 10 metres above the ground level to enable visitors to see the forest from a bird’s eye perspective. This is a birder’s paradise and has fantastic picnic spots.

Umlalazi Nature Reserve

The coastal Umlalazi Nature Reserve offers nature-lovers a number of trails, which showcase the dune forests and mangrove swamps. On your walk, look out for the rare palm-nut vulture, as well as duikers (red, blue and grey), bushpig and bushbuck in this scenic retreat.

Mtunzini Beach

Tranquil sand dunes tumble towards the warm, inviting waters of the Indian Ocean at the gloriously picturesque Mtunzini Beach. The entire area is characterised by forests, lakes and rivers, which combine to attract an excellent variety of bird species, including the palm-nut vulture. Long strolls under the KwaZulu-Natal sun and endless views of beach and ocean combine to create a natural attraction that is just about perfect. Popular with locals, the area offers a wide choice of accommodation in Mtunzini for holiday-makers. The waters are safe for swimming, and Mtunzini is a popular spot for sandboarding and fishing.


This is Richard’s Bay’s exquisite Blue Flag beach, with year-round lifeguards and an inviting grassy spot for picnics or barbecues with the family. The water is irresistible for swimmers and water sports enthusiasts, and there is a restaurant nearby for a meal after a long day spent in the water. Additional facilties include wheelchair access (plus shelter), ablutions and a parking area.

In Conclusion

Zululand is a multifaceted destination with a massive variety of beautiful things to do and see. But, it is especially lovely for visitors and locals that want to make the most of their time in the African outdoors. Explore the rolling hills, long stretches of beaches, and verdant forests of South Africa’s gorgeous Zululand.