About 25 kilometres inland from the coastal town of Mtunzini, you'll come across the inland market town of Eshowe. The town lies north east of Durban and happens to be the oldest one of European settlement in Zululand. It has a long varied history and some interesting attractions to draw in the visitor.
KwaZulu Natal's coastal climate tends to be subtropical - hot and humid, and for that reason alone many like to escape inland to Eshowe where the temperatures are decidedly less sticky. It has been a favoured spot in the area for Zulu Kings, Norwegian missionaries and other settlers, all of whom saw some attraction in the place. It was also subject to a siege during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.
After these incarnations, Eshowe became the capital of Zululand in 1887, due to both the climate and its position, and was later declared a town in 1891. Since then it has grown, as towns are wont to do, and now boasts several schools, 2 shopping centres and a hospital. If you are visiting for leisure though, you will be much more interested in Dhlinza Forest.
The indigenous forest covers just over 4 square kilometres and is perched on the hills behind the town. It is home to numerous bird species as well as small animals like vervet monkeys, duiker, bushbuck and wild boar. It also boasts an impressive aerial walkway as well as other walks and trails.
The town itself is part of the official Battlefields Route and also has a modest museum displaying Zulu baskets, pottery and hand crafts.
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A magnificent colonial home, built in 1891 for the Bishop of Zululand which has been beautifully refurbished; keeping the original architecture with modern finishes, offering 7 generous comfortable e... More Info
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InnZululand Guest Lodge is the preferred bed & breakfast accommodation in Eshowe, providing guests with modern, comfortable rooms and leisurely surroundings where they can relax or work.
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Eshowe Hills accommodation consists of a cottage with three self-contained ensuite double rooms and a self-catering duplex with two ensuite double rooms.
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Mpushini Falls Resort is located on the outskirts of Eshowe, overlooking the Mpushini Falls & indigenous Dlinza Forest. It's adjacent to our country-style & relaxing family home that is situated at th... More Info
Birds of Paradise enjoys the quiet surroundings of a magnificent park like garden adjoining the indigenous Dlinza Forest. More than 35 species of Birds have been sighted in our garden. The Dlinza for... More Info
Dlinza Forest Accommodation is situated in the historical town of Eshowe in Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal. Eshowe is 1½ hours from the city of Durban. A warm Zululand welcome awaits you; Alan and Bev will b... More Info
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Chase Guest House comprises a traditional sugar farm homestead in a beautiful garden bordering Eshowe, offering bed-and breakfast or self-catering accommodation with personal service and country hospi... More Info
Uniquely designed and spacious B&B, relaxing atmosphere with non-smoking en-suite rooms overlooking the 250 ha indigenous Dilinza Forest, home to 132 tree species and more than 65 bird species. The ev... More Info
Thornleys is an upmarket guest house in Eshowe. With only 5 en-suite bedrooms it offers private accommodation with delicious breakfasts.Please note that we offer a "Thornleys Breakfast".Dinner can be ... More Info
Eagles Nest Guesthouse is situated in the heart of Eshowe, Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal.
All our rooms have private entrances which are independantly alarmed and there is ample parking on the premises.
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