Eshowe, South Africa
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Whether you prefer the romantic rendition of the town's name, sound of whispering wind blowing though the trees, or the literal translation of the isiZulu word ishongwe meaning milkbush shrubs, a trip to Eshowe offers insight to one of South Africa's cultural crossroads. Eshowe is steeped in Zulu history and culture. It's the oldest European settlement in Zululand. It was the site of the Siege of Eshowe, an often-overlooked battle in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. It was a colonial capital. It boasts an indigenous forest and eclectic mix of museums. Take a turn in the Dhlinza Forest and spy on butterflies and birds. Tour the Vukani Museum and find out about Zulu arts and crafts. Visit the Zululand Historical Museum and see a hodgepodge of historical things. Visit the Shakaland Cultural Village and learn about Zulu culture. Partake in a guided tour and glimpse below the surface.
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Fort Nongqayi Museum Village

7 Nongqayi Road

Eshowe 3815

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The Vukani Museum boasts an outstanding collection of Zulu arts and crafts, including the largest collection of Zulu baskets in the world. The always-expanding collection inc ...
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Kangella Road

Eshowe 3815

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Dlinza Forest, one of two indigenous forests around Eshowe, is a popular bird watching destination and great place to spot butterflies. This 250-hectare coastal scarp forest ...
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Nongqayi Road

Eshowe 3815

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The Zululand Historical Museum, housed in the Beau Geste-style Fort Nongqayi, holds a hodgepodge of historical things and seeks to frame the cross-cultural influences that ha ...
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Normanhurst Farm

Nkwalini 3816

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Shakaland may not be authentic but a visit to this cultural village offers insight to Zulu tradition. Built on the movie set for the television serials Shaka Zulu an ...
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