Ulundi, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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Ulundi was at one time the capital of Zululand in South Africa, and later the capital of the Bantustan of KwaZulu. It now forms part of the KwaZulu-Natal province, and from 1994 to 2004, alternated with Pietermaritzburg as the capital of the province. Ulundi is home to an airport, a five star hotel, and some museums.

Ulundi is a small town set in the heart of Zululand, near the Emakhosini, the Valley of the Kings, the traditional burial grounds of the Zulu kings. Close by is Ondini - the capital of King Cetshwayo, the last of the great Zulu kings.

Also situated nearby is Mgungundlovu, the headquarters of the Zulu king Dingaan, Shaka Zulu's successor, as well as the graves of Piet Retief and his followers who were killed at Mgungundlovu.

Ulundi is home to many museums - a treasure trove of Zulu history and culture. Ulundi is also situated in close proximity to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park, a park focusing on saving the endangered Black Rhino, whose numbers have dwindled from 14 000 to 2 550 in the past decade. A fifth of the world's Black and White Rhino is found in the park.

Ulundi has a small airport, with scheduled flights to Durban via Pietermaritzburg and is about 260 kilometres north of Durban.

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