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The Kingdom of Zulu, sometimes referred to as the Zulu Empire or the Kingdom of Zululand, was a monarchy in Southern Africa that extended along the coast of the Indian Ocean from the Tugela River in the south to Pongola Riverin the north.

The kingdom grew to dominate much of what is today KwaZulu-Natal and Southern Africa, but when it came into conflict with the British Empire in the 1870s during the Anglo-Zulu War, it was defeated despite an early Zulu victory in the war. The area was subsequently absorbed into the Colony of Natal and later became part of the Union of South Africa.

This List of Zulu kings gives a list of Zulu chieftains and kings from their earliest known history up to the current monarch(The personal standard of King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu adopted in 1999):

Chieftains of the Zulus 

  • Mnguni
  • Luzumana
  • Malandela kaLuzumana
  • Zulu I kaMalandela, founder of the clan
  • Nkosinkulu kaZulu I
  • Ntombela kaNkosinkulu
  • Zulu II kaNtombela
  • Gumede kaZulu
  • Phunga kaGumede

Chieftains of the Zulus

  • 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
  • Senzangakhona kaJama (c. 1762–1816), son of Jama, chief of the Zulu clan from 1781 to 1816
  • Sigujana kaSenzangakhona, son of Senzangakhona, chief of the Zulu clan c. 1816

Zulu Kingdom (Independent, 1816–1879)

Name Lifespan Reign start Reign end Notes Family Image
Shaka kaSenzangakhona c. 1787 – 24 September 1828
(aged 41)
1816 24 September 1828 Half-brother of Sigujana kaSezangakhona Zulu royal family Shaka kaSenzangakhona of Zulu Kingdom
Dingane kaSenzangakhona c. 1795 – 29 January 1840
(aged 45)
November 1828 29 January 1840 Half-brother of Shaka kaSenzangakhona Zulu royal family Dingane kaSenzangakhona of Zulu Kingdom
Mpande kaSenzangakhona 1798 – 18 October 1872
(aged 74)
10 February 1840 18 October 1872 Half-brother of Dingane kaSenzangakhona Zulu royal family Mpande kaSenzangakhona of Zulu Kingdom
Cetshwayo kaMpande
(1st reign)
1834[1] – 8 February 1884
(aged 52)
18 October 1872 28 August 1879 Son of Mpande kaSenzangakhona Zulu royal family Cetshwayo kaMpande of Zulu Kingdom
Zululand (Dependency, 1883–present)
Name Lifespan Reign start Reign end Notes Family Image
Cetshwayo kaMpande
(2nd reign)
1834[1] – 8 February 1884
(aged 52)
29 January 1883 8 February 1884 Son of Mpande kaSenzangakhona Zulu royal family Cetshwayo kaMpande of Zululand
Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo 1868 – 18 October 1913
(aged 45)
21 May 1884 18 October 1913 Son of Cetshwayo kaMpande Zulu royal family Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo of Zululand
Solomon kaDinuzulu 1891 – 4 March 1933
(aged 42)
1 November 1913 4 March 1933 Son of Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo Zulu royal family Solomon kaDinuzulu of Zululand
Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaSolomon 4 August 1924 – 17 September 1968 (aged 44) 27 August 1948 17 September 1968 Son of Solomon kaDinuzulu Zulu royal family Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaSolomon of Zululand
Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu 14 July 1948 (age 69) 17 September 1968 Incumbent Son of Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaSolomon Zulu royal family Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu of Zululand

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