The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Gingindlovu


Gingindlovu main business area

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On the 2nd December 1856 Cetshwayo defeated his half-brother Mbulazi at the battle of Ndondakusuka. Cetshwayo then set up a 'military' kraal called uMgungundlovu at the site of modern day Gingindlovu. The name 'uMgungundlovu' means 'the swallower of the elephant'. Cetshwayo went on to become king of the Zulus in 1872.

Gingindlovu weather


Another battle was fought just a few kilometres from the town. The is one took place on the 2nd April 1879 and was between the British and Zulu forces. The British were led by Lord Chelmsford and the Zulus by Cetshwayo's brother Dabulamanzi. The British inflicted heavy casualties on the Zulus while only losing 13 of their men. A monumbent to the fallen British soldiers stands just out of town.

Gingindlovu is a small town providing services to the local community.

Gingindlovu suburbs

Gingindlovu suburbs

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Gingindlovu Library

Gingindlovu Library

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References and further reading

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 133

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 252

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 352

Country Life - Issue 182 - Author: - Published: 2011 - Page: 76

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 142

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 210

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2019 - Page: 119


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