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Eshowe is situated in the heart of the historic Zululand where the determined independence of the Zulu nation took on British colonial dreams of empire and left a legacy of a culture steeped in traditions existing side by side with a modern lifestyle and a well-developed infrastructure. This is the place to experience the rich diversity of South Africa, to explore the backroads of another world still living as if from another time and enjoy the unspoilt beauty of a countryside still blessed with abundant forests, zigzagging streams and fenceless pastures.

Eshowe's hills are filled with history, and the best starting point to get acquainted with it is at the Fort Nongqayi Museum Village.


High on the list of things to do during your visit to Eshowe is to experience the high-energy of traditional Zulu dancing at one of South Africa's most popular cultural villages, Shakaland. Visitors wishing to experience Zulu culture at first hand can join one of the daily tours and learn about the customs of the Zulu people, taste traditional beer, eat traditional cuisine and enjoy a splendid display of dancing. Visitors wishing to stay over are accommodated in traditional Zulu homesteads.


Getting There

Places to Stay

The Great Outdoors

Check out our maps and best routes to get to Eshowe. We are only 30kms off one of South African's main national highways and just over 100kms from Durban's King Shaka International Airport, providing visitors with a comfortable base in Zululand and an accessible glimpse into one of the most culturally and historically diverse regions of the country.

Eshowe offers the full range of interesting and varied places to stay - from traditional Zulu beehive huts made of natural materials to a colonial hotel with a modern makeover. Stay in a comfortable Bed and Breakfast close to the attractions in town or experience the lifestyle of the Sugar Barons of the past in a self-catering cottage on a sugacane farm with sweeping views of the hills of Zululand.

Zululand is recognised as a nature lovers' paradise for its rich unspoilt heritage and Eshowe is not only developed around one of the more interesting forests in the region, Dlinza Forest, but is also close to several other remarkable forests - Ongoye Forest, Ntumeni Forest and Nkandla Forest. They each offer a wealth of memorable birding and hiking opportunities

A Triple Heritage

Things to See and Do

Planning an Event

Eshowe boasts a triple heritage of Zulu culture with strong influences from its British colonial past and its early origins as a Norwegian mission station. The best way to experience this rich heritage is to combine a visit to one of South Africa's most popular cultural villages with a visit to the Norwegian Mission Museum and the Zululand Historical Museum at the Fort Nongqayi Museum Village.

Use Eshowe as your base and ask one of our tour guides to get you to some unique attractions such as the annual Royal Reed Dance, or the fascinating Shembe pilgrimage at nearby Judea. There are also top class sporting events throughout the year which make for an enjoyable weekend getaway - and bring the whole family, there is plenty for the kids to explore.

Whether you are planning a weekend break, a wedding, a romantic getaway, a conference or even looking for a movie location, Eshowe can offer a host of options to make the event pleasant and memorable. It has an olde worlde charm with a modern infrastructure, a beautiful natural setting and an extraordinary history. Contact our tourism office should you require more information.