List of Zulu kings

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King of the Zulus
Ingonyama yamaZulu
Isilo samaBandla
King Misuzulu Zulu.jpg
Misuzulu Zulu
since 7 May 2021
StyleHis Majesty
Heir apparentNot designated
First monarchZulu I kaMalandela
ResidenceNongoma, KwaZulu-Natal

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

Nguni kings[edit]

Most of the different Nguni-tribes trace their lineage to Mnguni, the king of the unified (pre-Zulu, pre-Xhosa, pre-Ndebele, pre-Swazi etc.) Nguni nation.

Chieftains of the Zulus (c. 1700–1818)[edit]

When Malandela died, he divided the kingdom into two clans, the Qwabe and the Zulu.

Kings of the Zulus (c. 1818–present)[edit]

After Dingiswayo's death at the hands of Zwide, king of the Ndwandwe, around 1818, Shaka assumed leadership of the remnants of the Mthethwa Paramountcy, thereby becoming king.[3]

Zulu Kingdom (Independent, 1816–1879)
NameLifespanReign startReign endNotesFamilyImage
Shaka kaSenzangakhonac. July 1787 – 22 September 1828
(aged 41)
181622 September 1828Half-brother of Sigujana kaSenzangakhonaZulu royal familyShaka kaSenzangakhona of Zulu Kingdom
Dingane kaSenzangakhonac. 1795 – 29 January 1840
(aged 44–45)
November 182829 January 1840Half-brother of Shaka kaSenzangakhonaZulu royal familyDingane kaSenzangakhona of Zulu Kingdom
Mpande kaSenzangakhona1798 – 18 October 1872
(aged 73–74)
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 49–50)
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 49–50)
29 January 18838 February 1884Son of Mpande kaSenzangakhonaZulu royal familyCetshwayo kaMpande of Zululand
Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo1868 – 18 October 1913
(aged 44–45)
21 May 188418 October 1913Son of Cetshwayo kaMpandeZulu royal familyDinuzulu kaCetshwayo of Zululand
Solomon kaDinuzulu1891 – 4 March 1933
(aged 41–42)
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 – 12 March 2021(2021-03-12) (aged 72)17 September 196812 March 2021Son of Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaSolomonZulu royal familyGoodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu of Zululand
Misuzulu Zulu kaZwelithini (1974-09-23) 23 September 1974 (age 47)7 May 2021IncumbentSon of Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzuluZulu royal familyMisuzulu Zulu kaZwelithini 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.
  3. ^ Wilkinson, Stephan (14 March 2017). "Shaka Zulu: Africa's Napoleon?". HistoryNet. Retrieved 27 May 2020.