Zulu kingdom is a traditional kingdom of the Zulu people in South Africa particularly in KwaZulu Natal region. Zulu kingdom has 8 official royal palaces (Isigodlo) used by the King, 6 Queens and his family. Most palaces are located at Nongoma with the exception of Ondini palace which is located at Ulundi. They include
Osuthu Royal Palace
This is the official residence of the late King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu of Zulu located at Nongoma. On the palace grounds is also the the huts uses by King Dinuzulu Zulu.
KwaKhethomthandayo Royal Palace
Royal residence of the King Zwelithini’s first wife Queen Sibongile Dlamini Zulu and family. The funeral service of late King Goodwill Zwelithini was held here as is custom as first wife.
KwaDlamahlahla Royal Palace
Royal residence of the King Zwelithini’s second wife Queen Buhle Mathe Zulu and family. This was the residence of late King Solomon kaDinuzulu and his burial place is nearby
Photo; Thulai Zulu,
KwaKhangelamankengane Royal Palace
Royal residence of the late King Zwelithini’s third and great wife late Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu and family. Queen Mantfombi is sister to King Mswati iii of Eswatini
Linduzulu Royal Palace
Royal residence of the King Zwelithini’s fourth wife Queen Thandekile Ndlovu Zulu and family.
Enyokeni Royal Palace
Royal residence of the King Zwelithini’s fifth wife Queen Nomphumelelo Mamchiza Zulu and family. It is located a few metres from Osuthu Palace. This royal residence is also the traditional palace of the Kingdom where the traditional royal ceremonies and festivities take place e.g the zulu reed dance or umkhosi womhlanga, Coronation/Ukungena esibayeni
Photo ; Sihle mavuso
Ondini Royal Palace
Royal residence of the King Zwelithini’s 6th wife Queen Zola Mafu Zulu and family. This royal residence is located at Ulundi and was previously the residence of his great grandfather late King Cetshwayo Zulu. His palace was burnt by the British in 1897 as retaliation aftwr Zulu army defeated them at the battle of Iswandlana.
EMachobeni / ingwavuma Royal Palace
This is also another Royal residence of the King of Zulu Kingdom, South Africa. It is the Venue for the annual Emaganu/Marula festival
photo ; Sihle Mavuso
Naleni royal palace
This was the first house late King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu of Zulu kingdom built when he married his first wife Queen Sibongile Dlamini Zulu. It is located near KwaKhangelamankengane Royal Palace.
KwaNobamba Royal Palace
A proposed palace during late King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu reign in eMakhosini Valley near Ulundi. This valley is important to the Zulu people as it was the birthplace of King Shaka and burial grounds for some kings
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