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Ondini Historical Complex, KwaZulu Cultural Museum

Opening times and entrance fees
Opening times are: Mo-Fr 8h00am to 16h00pm. Sat, Sun and public holidays 9h00am –16h00pm Closed on Good Friday and Christmas day
Entrance fees: R20 per adult, R10 per child under 12yrs, R1per person for approved educational groups
Amafa/ KwaZulu Cultural Museum, P.O. Box 523, Ulundi 3838
Tel: 035 8702051 Fax: 035 8702054 E-mail:
Website: , GPS coordinates 31.457/28.318

The KwaZulu Cultural Museum is part of the Ondini Historical Complex which consists of:

The reconstructed Royal Residence of King Cetshwayo - Ondini
Ondini, the Royal Residence of King Cetswhayo kaMpande served as the judicial and legislative capital of the Zulu Kingdom from 1873 to 1879.
It was burned to the ground by British forces after the battle of Ulundi on 4th of July 1879, the final battle of the Anglo-Zulu War.
To date, only the Royal Enclosure (isigodlo) and the cattle enclosure (isibaya) of Ondini have been reconstructed. This has been undertaken largely on the basis of archaeological evidence forthcoming from excavations in the 1980’s
Site museum:
A small site museum provides background to the pre-colonial history of the region.
It features a model explaining the layout of the royal residence and displays on the Anglo-Zulu War, King Cetshwayo, the Zulu Monarchy and the excavations at Ondini. On show are items which belonged to King Cetshwayo i.e a silver mug and bible which he received from Queen Victoria, his shotgun and lion claw necklace)
Statue of King Cetshwayo:
King Cetshwayo was born in 1827, a son of King Mpande and his first wife Ngqumbazi. He succeeded King Mpande in 1872 and built his new capital here and named it Ondini.
The British invasion of Zululand and the final defeat of the Zulu Army at the Battle of Ulundi marked the end of the old Zulu order. King Cetshwayo was the last king to rule an independent Zululand. He died in 1884 and was buried in the Nkandla forest.
Stadium and Picnic site
A stadium, able to provide seating for about 5ooo people can be used for concerts and public functions
Visitors may also use the small picnic site which provides tables, seating and braii facilities.
Next to the picnic site is a lookout point which gives you a panoramic view of the plain and hills of the Ulundi area.
The KwaZulu Cultural Museum
The KwaZulu Cultural Museum was opened in 1984. It houses one of the most representative collections of the rich cultural heritage of KwaZulu Natal, from the earliest inhabitants to the great Zulu Nation. Of note is its famous collection of Zulu beadwork.
A number of interactive displays make the museum visit an exiting experience.
King Cetshwayo’s funeral wagon:
In the museum courtyard one can view a replica of King Cetshwayo's funeral wagon which carried his body from Eshowe to Nkandla, where he was buried. Parts of the original wagon are exhibited along with the replica.
Museums shop and cafeteria
The museum shop sells books, handcrafts and curios. Most of the handcraft is made by crafters from the area, including pottery, baskets and beadwork.
A small tearoom provides cold drinks and snacks.
Qualified museum guides are available to accompany visitors and enhance their museum experience with their expert knowledge (at no extra cost).