About Eshowe

Eshowe is situated in Zululand, in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Show on Map

KwaZulu Natal DestinationsEshowe, Zululand

Eshowe, the oldest town of European settlement in Zululand, lies just below a ridge of hills that are home to an indigenous forest known as Dlinza Forest.

The sound of wind blowing through the forest is thought to have inspired Eshowe’s name, although it is more likely named after the isiZulu word ‘ishongwe’, which refers to the prevalence of milkbush shrubs in the area. Only 25 km from the beach, lagoons and wetlands, Eshowe lies in the Uthungulu district of Zululand and was King Cetshwayo’s headquarters when in 1860 he built a kraal here.

Eshowe’s position on a plateau earned it the status of capital of Zululand when it was annexed by the British in 1887 and the ‘Beau Geste’ type of fort, which now houses the Zululand Historical Museum, is one of the sites in Eshowe that forms part of the Battlefields Route in KwaZulu Natal.

Eshowe no longer retains this status but its location protects it from the sub-tropical humidity that affects this region and has made it a popular holiday destination for centuries - initially with Zulu kings and today with holiday makers - to escape the heat at the coast.

Activities include the 200 ha Dlinza forest, which offers some wonderful walks and trails, the only aerial boardwalk in the Southern Hemisphere and is home to birds, vervet monkeys, wild pigs, blue and red duikers, bushbuck and other creatures; the Entumi Nature Reserve - another indigenous forest with some wonderful examples of birdlife; Mpushini Falls and the Vukani Museum, which houses examples of Zulu pottery, basketry, beadwork and tapestries.

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Dlinza Forest Accommodation

Self Catering

Dlinza Forest Accommodation

Dlinza Forest Accommodation is situated in the historical town of Eshowe in Zululand. We offer four unique, tastefully ... more

InnZululand Guest Lodge

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InnZululand Guest Lodge

Situated on the R66 Zulu Heritage Route about one and a half hours drive from Durban, the old capital of Zululand, ... more

The George Hotel


The George Hotel

Built in 1906, The George Hotel is situated just 600m from the Dlinza Forest Reserve and a 12 minute walk from the ... more

Reviews of Eshowe

I personally liked the cooler weather and natural "look" of Eshowe, although I didn't spend very long there. We visited the forest and really enjoyed the...

Katy Myburgh, Breede River

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