Zululand is a place of unspoilt beauty characterised by a pristine coastline, abundant forests, rolling green hills and zig-zagging rivers.
It is a world of rich natural diversity and enormous social contrasts -a place where modern lifestyles thrive adjacent to a culture steeped in traditions.
Its unhurried pace and mild sub-tropical climate make it an ideal and affordable year-round holiday destination.
Its tranquility belies its history, which is packed with conflict - clan against clan as well as kingdom against kingdom.
This is where Victorian Britain's imperial ambitions and military might were shaken by the gallantry of 'a remarkable people' armed only with shields and spears.
The infrastructure is modern and efficient and yet just off the highway is another world, living as if from another time.
Deep in Zululand's wide valleys with grasslands fringed by forest, it is still possible to get a sense of how things used to be.
Zululand offers a mix of activities - Birding, Golf, Fishing to name a few.
Mtunzini Country Club adjoins pristine coastal forest and provides excellent views of the ocean and the lagoon in the Umlalazi Nature Reserve.
In Eshowe, the Vukani Museum of Zulu Arts and Culture and the Zululand Historical Museum - housed in the Beau Geste-style Fort Nongqayi at The Museum Village - are well worth a visit.
which is made up of the towns of Eshowe, Mtunzini and Gingindlovu, the villages of Amatikulu and Ntumeni, together with a considerable rural hinterland - covers one of the largest geographical areas of all municipalities in South Africa, with a total area of some 2 217 square kms and a population just short of 250 000.
It is a region of dramatic contrasts- not only in its landscape and history but also in the economic realities of its residents' daily life.
More than 80% of uMlalazi residents earn less than R1 500 per month while only 2% earn more than R5 000 a month. Just over 2% have reached a tertiary level education while 30% have either no formal education or a basic education.
Almost 90% of the residents of uMlalazi depend on rivers, dams and springs for water - only 4% have access to piped domestic water.
uMlalazi Municipality's vision for the future is founded on the following three pillars:
- To integrate the fragmented nature of community structures of local government under the apartheid years.
- Access to all basic services, including water, sanitation, roads, electricity and social services.
- Poverty eradication.