Nongoma, is surrounded by the Ngome Forest in Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is situated 300km north of Durban and 56km from Ulundi at . It is a busy market town today, serving a large surrounding area.
The town itself was only established in 1887 with the building of Fort Ivuna by the British as a buffer zone between the Zulu warring factions. It was originally called Ndwandwe but was later replaced by an earlier name given by the local tribesmen to the sacred area where the town stands, KwaNongoma (place of the diviner or mother of songs). In June 1888 Nongoma was destroyed by the uSuthu but later rebuilt. The fort was used during the Bambatha Rebellion of 1906.
Two zulu monarchs are laid to rest in the Nongoma area:
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