KwaZulu or home of the Zulus

Photos of brass reliefs which decorate the Spirit of the eMakhosini monument. Each shows a scene ... rel=
Photos of brass reliefs which decorate the Spirit of the eMakhosini monument. Each shows a scene from traditional Zulu life. Traditional Zulu customs are still practised, even by many urban people, who return to their ancestral homes for important cultural rituals.
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KwaZulu-Natal or the Zulu Kingdom is one of the nine provinces of South Africa and covers an area of about 92,000 square kilometres. It includes Durban, the Drakensberg, Pietermaritzburg and Midlands, Zululand, South Coast, Dolphin or North Coast, Battlefields and East Griqualand regions.
Geographically, KwaZulu-Natal has significant diversity. The subtropical coastline has protected indigenous coastal forests at Dukuduku and Kosi Bay. The St Lucia Estuary, which was declared a World Heritage Site in December 1999, is found in this area. Another World Heritage Site, the Drakensberg mountain range, runs 200 kilometres along the western boundary of the province, separating KwaZulu-Natal from Lesotho and the Eastern Cape.

See map of the region

History
"Zululand", as northern KwaZulu-Natal is known, is still in many senses as much the land of the Zulus as it was in the days of the famous King Shaka two centuries ago ("kwaZulu" means home of the Zulus.) From his heartland in the African bushveld, King Shaka built up a powerful economic and military system. The Zulu nation has retained a strong sense of self, culture and place.

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