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The Battle of Mhlatuze River was a battle fought between the Zulu and Ndwandwe tribes in 1820 following the Zulu Civil War. The Ndwandwe hierarchy was set asunder by the battle, and largely scattered their population in response.[1]


In 1818, Shaka had been attacked by Qwabe warriors led by Phakathwayo along the same river.[2]

The battle[]

The Zulu people prevailed in battle, led by military commander Shaka. As in the Battle of Gqokli Hill, Shaka's superior tactics led his people to victory. When the Ndwandwe attack came, he waited until about half were on each side of the river, effectively splitting the attackers into two separate groups which allowed a Zulu victory.


  1. University of California, "General History of Africa VI", 1995. pp. 119
  2. Gump, James O. "The Dust Rose Like Smoke", 1996

Coordinates: 28°50′00″S 32°00′00″E / 28.8333°S 32°E / -28.8333; 32

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