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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

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

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 210

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

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

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 352

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

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

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