Top 10: Historical sites in KwaZulu-Natal

Isandlwana battlefield in the Anglo-Zulu War A school outing to Isandlwana where the British suffered a major defeat at the hands of Zulu warriors

1 The Battlefields Route

The Anglo-Zulu battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift are a wonderful historic attraction commemorated on site near the town of Dundee. Excellent and knowledgeable tour guides give accurate accounts of the long and bloody battles fought here in 1879. more

2 The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

The central part of the Drakensberg mountain range is a World Heritage Site in recognition of its natural magnificence. Massive basalt buttresses and glowing sandstone cliffs reach 3 000km in height and stretch for 150km in length. more

3 The Royal Village at Ondini

The KwaZulu Cultural Museum, erected on the site where the Zulu King Cetshwayo built his kraal, offers great insight into local culture. The Museum focuses on the Nguni-speaking peoples, from their origins to the great Zulu nation they have become. Worth a special mention is the Museum's comprehensive beadwork collection. more

4 eThekwini (Durban) City Hall

The eThekwini (formerly Durban) City Hall is a replica of the Belfast City Hall in Northern Ireland. It was built during the early 1900s in neo-Baroque style and today is home to the city's municipal chambers, a public library, auditorium, the Durban Art Gallery and the Natural Science Museum. more

5 Luthuli Farewell Square

Luthuli Farewell Square is named in honour of early trader Lieutenant Francis Farewell and liberation struggle leader Albert Luthuli. Monuments here include statues in honour of Queen Victoria, a Boer War memorial, a Cenotaph honouring the fallen in both World Wars among other memoria. The square is opposite the eThekwini (formerly Durban) City Hall. more

6 Nelson Mandela Capture Site near Howick

Visit the place where the late former president Nelson Mandela was taken into captivity by the apartheid government, marking the start of his 27-year incarceration. more

7 The Gandhi Monument, Pietermaritzburg

Gandhi's unique, non-violent resistance efforts – Satyagraha – have been acknowledged in the form of a bronze statue of the man, clad in traditional attire, which stands in Church Street, in the city centre. more

8 Sri Sri Radhanath Temple of Understanding

The the largest Hare Krishna temple in Africa, known as the Sri Sri Radhanath Temple of Understanding, is found in the Indian suburb of Chatsworth, south of eThekwini (Durban). Built in 1969 in the shape of a lotus flower, the temple features marble tiles, gold-tinted windows, brass ornaments, crystal chandeliers and golden statuettes. more

9 The Umgeni Road Hindu Temple

Officially the Sri Vaithianatha Easvarar Alayam Temple, this ornate and eye-catching edifice stands as a testament to the area’s rich Hindu history and spiritual roots. Built in 1883, it accommodates all forms of traditional Hinduism and is one of the oldest and largest temples in South Africa, with architecture and a central shrine echoing those found in the southern parts of India.

10 Riverside Soofie Mosque and Mausoleum

This mosque – and 11 other mosques – was built by Hajee Soofie, who immigrated to South Africa in 1895. He also oversaw the construction of 13 madresas and the layout of many cemeteries. On his death in 1911 Hajee Soofie was interred in the octagonal mausoleum that he had designed. more