List of Zulu kings

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King of the Zulus
Ingonyama yamaZulu
Isilo samaBandla
King Goodwill Zwelithini.jpg
Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu
since 17 September 1968
StyleHis Majesty
Heir apparentNot designated
First monarchZulu kaMalandela
ResidenceNongoma, KwaZulu-Natal

This article lists the Zulu kings, including Zulu chieftains and kings[1] from their earliest known history up to the present time.

Pre-Zulu Nguni Chieftains[edit]

Chieftains of the Zulus (Pre–c. 1727)[edit]

Chieftains of the Zulus (c. 1727–1816)[edit]

  • Mageba kaGumede (c. 1667 – c. 1745), son of Gumede, chief of the Zulu clan from c. 1727 to c. 1745
  • Ndaba kaMageba, son of Mageba, chief of the Zulu clan from c. 1745 to 1763
  • Jama kaNdaba (c. 1757–1781), son of Ndaba, chief of the Zulu clan from 1763 to 1781
  • Mkabayi kaJama, regent ruler until Senzangakhona came of age, daughter of Jama, regent of the Zulu clan from 1781 to 1787
  • Senzangakhona kaJama (c. 1762–1816), son of Jama, chief of the Zulu clan from 1787 to 1816
  • Sigujana kaSenzangakhona, son of Senzangakhona, chief of the Zulu clan c. 1816

Kings of the Zulus (1816–present)[edit]

Zulu Kingdom (Independent, 1816–1879)
NameLifespanReign startReign endNotesFamilyImage
Shaka kaSenzangakhonac. 1787 – 24 September 1828
(aged 41)
181624 September 1828Half-brother of Sigujana kaSezangakhonaZulu royal familyShaka kaSenzangakhona of Zulu Kingdom
Dingane kaSenzangakhonac. 1795 – 29 January 1840
(aged 45)
November 182829 January 1840Half-brother of Shaka kaSenzangakhonaZulu royal familyDingane kaSenzangakhona of Zulu Kingdom
Mpande kaSenzangakhona1798 – 18 October 1872
(aged 74)
10 February 184018 October 1872Half-brother of Dingane kaSenzangakhonaZulu royal familyMpande kaSenzangakhona of Zulu Kingdom
Cetshwayo kaMpande
(1st reign)
1834[1] – 8 February 1884
(aged 52)
18 October 187228 August 1879Son of Mpande kaSenzangakhonaZulu royal familyCetshwayo kaMpande of Zulu Kingdom
Zululand (Dependency, 1883–present)
NameLifespanReign startReign endNotesFamilyImage
Cetshwayo kaMpande
(2nd reign)
1834[1] – 8 February 1884
(aged 52)
29 January 18838 February 1884Son of Mpande kaSenzangakhonaZulu royal familyCetshwayo kaMpande of Zululand
Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo1868 – 18 October 1913
(aged 45)
21 May 188418 October 1913Son of Cetshwayo kaMpandeZulu royal familyDinuzulu kaCetshwayo of Zululand
Solomon kaDinuzulu1891 – 4 March 1933
(aged 42)
1 November 19134 March 1933Son of Dinuzulu kaCetshwayoZulu royal familySolomon kaDinuzulu of Zululand
Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaSolomon(1924-08-04)4 August 1924 – 17 September 1968(1968-09-17) (aged 44)27 August 194817 September 1968Son of Solomon kaDinuzuluZulu royal familyCyprian Bhekuzulu kaSolomon of Zululand
Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu (1948-07-14) 14 July 1948 (age 72)17 September 1968IncumbentSon of Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaSolomonZulu royal familyGoodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu of Zululand

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Royal Zulu Monarch". Archived from the original on 29 March 2012.
  2. ^ a b Gillings, Ken (December 2012). "King Dingane Kasenzangakhona's KwaDukuza". Military History Journal (The South African Military History Society). 15 (6). Retrieved 28 August 2020.