Ulundi, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

Ulundi was at one time the capital of Zululand in South Africa.

Ulundi was at one time the capital of Zululand in South Africa, and later the capital of the Bantustan of KwaZulu It is now a part of KwaZulu-Natal Province and from 1994 to 2004 took turns at being the capital with Pietermaritzburg. There is an airport, a five-star hotel, and some museums.

Ulundi itself is a small, unprepossessing town but it is in the heart of Zululand, near the Emakhosini, the Valley of the Kings, which is the traditional burial ground of Zulu kings. Close by is Ondini - the capital of King Cetshwayo, the last of the great Zulu kings.

Also not far is Mgungundlovu, the headquarters of the Zulu king, Dingaan, Shaka's successor, and the graves of Piet Retief and his followers who were killed at Mgungundlovu.

There are museums and much more - truly a treasure-trove of Zulu history and culture. Ulundi is close to the great Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park. Hluhluwe-Umfolozi is focusing its efforts on saving the endangered black rhino, whose number in Africa has dwindled from 14 000 to a pitiful 2 550 in the past decade. You'll find at least a fifth of the world's black and white rhino population in the park. Ulundi has a small airport with scheduled flights to Durban via Pietermaritzburg and is about 260km north of Durban