Ulundi, also known as Mahlabathini, was at one time the capital of Zululand and later the capital of the Bantustan.
When Cetshwayo became king of the Zulus on 1 September 1873, he created, as was customary, a new capital for the nation, naming it “uluNdi” (“The high place”). On 4 July 1879, in the Battle of Ulundi (the final battle of the Anglo-Zulu War), the British Army captured the royal kraal and razed it to the ground.
The town now includes Ulundi Airport, a three-star hotel, and some museums amongst its sights. In the 2001 Census, the population of the town was recorded as 18,420.
Nearby is Ondini, where King Mpande, Cetshwayo’s father, had his kraal. A large Zulu hut now is on the site.
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