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Country  South Africa
Language spoken  Zulu
Area  18.23 km2
District  Uthungulu
Founded  1880

Eshowe is the oldest town of European settlement in Zululand. Eshowes name is said to be inspired by the sound of wind blowing through the more than 4 km² of the indigenous Dhlinza Forest, the most important and striking feature of the town. Although the name is most likely to be derived from the Zulu word for the xysmalobium shrubs, showe or shongwe.


Map of Eshowe

Today Eshowe is a market town, with a 100 km radius catchment area, two shopping centres, a main bus station serving the hinterland, a major hospital, and several schools.

Chennells guesthouse eshowe south africa


In 1860 Cetshwayo, then only a Zulu prince, built a kraal here and named the place Eziqwaqweni (the abode of robbers). A mission station was established at Eshowe in 1861 once permission has been obtained from the Zulu King Cetshwayo by Norwegian missionary, the Reverend Ommund Oftebro. Later the station was called the KwaMondi Mission Station (place of Mondi) after the Zulu name which was given to Oftebro.


  • Fort Nongqwayi - old British fort
  • Basketry museum - next to the fort
  • Vukani collection - Zulu pottery and handcrafts
  • References

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