The region has a rich historical and cultural past and it was in this area that Shaka built his Zulu Kingdom with its strong traditional Zulu culture.
The area is home to some well-known Big Five wildlife and game reserves – both private and provincial – that offer game-watching facilities and hiking and nature trails.
A large number of bird species are found here and birders will enjoy the Zululand Birding Route, stretching from Babanango to Richards Bay.
Eshowe, the oldest town in Zululand, is situated near the Dlinza indigenous forests, where visitors can enjoy a walk along the aerial boardwalk over the forest, with wonderful views of the surrounding country. The Zululand Historical Museum is found at Fort Nongqai, just southwest of Eshowe.
Of historical importance in the area is Ulundi, the administrative centre of Zululand, significant as the final scene of the South African (Anglo-Boer) War in 1879.
Further inland is the cattle-rich, historical town of Vryheid, the northern gateway into the Zulu Kingdom, and the start of the Battlefields Route. About 50km from Vryheid, is Paulpietersburg, which has strong links with the South African (Anglo-Boer) War. Ithala Game Reserve, north of Vryheid, is a game-viewer’s paradise with a spectacular array of wildlife.
The Zulu Kingdom has much to offer the visitor, from comfortable accommodation in major towns, game lodges and reserves, to seashore cottages, Zulu homes and floating lake chalets.