Ghost Mountain

Ghost Mountain

As one looks eastwards towards Mkhuze, there are two prominent feature which can be seen rising out of the Ubombo mountain range. On the left is Gaza, and to the right Tshaneni, also known as Ghost mountain. Through the years numerous strange lights and flickering fires have been seen among the cliffs and mountainous terrain near the summit, as well as various strange noises and calls also being heard.

A portion of the Ndwande tribe, headed by the Gaza family used to occupy the area beneath the mountain until they were conquered by Shaka in 1819, and fled towards Mozambique under the leadership of Soshongane who founded the Shangaan tribe.

A custom dating back many hundreds of years states that chiefs should be buried on Ghost Mountain, and high on the slopes of the mountain, there is a taboo cave, used as a tomb by generations of the Gaza family. Although Soshangane and his descendants lived very far from the site, they were carried back there from Mozambique when they died. The mummified bodies were wrapped in black bull skins, and transported by night to avoid making contact with the Zulus who had previously expelled them from the area. After the Anglo-Zulu war ended in 1879, the British decided to rule Zululand, by dividing it into thirteen separate states, each governed by its own ruler, which brought on a period of chaotic rivalry, feuding and fighting.

Two of the main rivals were the son of overthrown Zulu King Cetshwayo, Prince Dinuzulu who commanded a force of Usuthu warriors, and Zibhebhu who was the head of the powerful Mandlakazi section of the Zulu nation. In a series of violent and bloody battles Zibhebhu gained the advantage over Dinuzulu. Dinuzulu, in a desperate attempt to reclaim victory enlisted a force of six hundred boer and germans, which was led by Louis Botha, who would go on to become the first Prime minister of the Union of South Africa. Dinuzulu made promises of land for these men to farm, in exchange for their help.

In June 1884 Dinuzulu's mixed army of Zulus and Europeans launched their invasion into Zibhebhu's territory. Although Zibhebhu was a determined leader, and his Mandlakazi section consisted of the finest Zulu warriors it was thought that he never stood a good chance against his enemy. Zibhebhu had also gained support of a handful of boers which included the well known frontiersman Johan Colenbrander. Under heavy fire from Dinuzulu, Zibhebhu made a fighting retreat towards the Mkhuze river pass, fleeing through the Lebombo mountains. On the fifth of June 1184, the vicious struggle known as the Battle of Tshaneni took place in the rugged gorge below Ghost Mountain.

The Mandlakazi fought persistently but heavy fire from Dinuzulu's army forced them to back down, and resulted in them fleeing in to the densely forested Tongaland region in north-eastern Zululand. As reward for their assistance, the Boers were given a large portion of northen Zululand by Dinuzulu, which included access to the sea at St Lucia. The battlefield was literally scattered with thousands of bodies, and in a book called "trekking On", by the late Colonel Reits, he claims that in the early 1920's when he made his way through the area, skeletons were still strewn about on the slopes of the Ghost Mountain.

Accommodation Near Ghost Mountain

Sleeps: 8

Ghost Mountain Inn

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Mkuze

4.5km West of Ghost Mountain

Situated in Mkuze near the historical & legendary Ghost Mountain, this 4 Star Country Inn with its welcoming hospitality is central to many game and coastal reserves. Enjoy a variety of Game and Cultural safaris or relax with a pampering Spa treatment

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Sleeps: 42 in 19 units/rooms

Biweda Nguni Guest Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Mkuze

4.6km West of Ghost Mountain

Our b&b lodge has 10 rooms, consisting of a suite, a 2 bedroom family unit, 4 units with double beds, 4 units with 2 single beds. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, TV's with DSTV and air conditioners.

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Sleeps: 19 in 6 units/rooms

African Spirit Game Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Mkuze

11.6km South of Ghost Mountain

African Spirit Game Lodge, situated 12 km's west of Mkuze, invites guests to experience true luxury and warm African hospitality. The lodge is personally managed by the owners.

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Nkonkoni Tiger Fishing Camp

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Lake Jozini / Pongolapoort Dam

12.3km North West of Ghost Mountain

Nkonkoni is a fisherman's camp that dreams are made of. All the creature comforts one would ever need wrapped in the ruggedness of the unspoilt Maputaland bushveld, on the shores of Lake Pongola.

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Umziki Chalets

Self Catering Rooms With Communal Kitchen in Mkuze

14.9km West of Ghost Mountain

There are seven thatched chalets with two, three and four bed options, accommodating up to 23 guests. All the chalets are air-conditioned and have en-suite bathrooms. Linen, cutlery, crockery and domestic services are all provided. A central ...

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uMkhuze Game Reserve

Holiday Resort Accommodation in St Lucia Wetlands

16.7km East of Ghost Mountain

Mkhuze Game Reserve is situated in Northern Zululand, roughly 335 km from Durban. The reserve was established on 15 February 1912 and is 40 000 ha in extent. Today it forms part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

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Sleeps: 16 in 8 units/rooms

Leopard Mountain Game Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Mkuze

19.3km South of Ghost Mountain

A Big 5 multiple award winning 4 Star lodge, set within the Zululand Rhino Reserve offering peace and tranquillity with friendly hospitality. Our beautiful lodge has the most spectacular views in Zululand

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Sleeps: 24 in 12 units/rooms

Shayamanzi Houseboats

House Boat Accommodation in Lake Jozini / Pongolapoort Dam

20.6km North West of Ghost Mountain

Experience the only Game Viewing and Tiger Fishing Houseboats in South Africa on one of its largest dams, Lake Jozini (aka Pongolapoort Lake), on the KwaZulu- Natal North Coast, 3.5 hrs drive from King Shaka International Airport, north of Durban..

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Sleeps: 12

Belvedere Game Ranch

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Pongola

33.0km West of Ghost Mountain

The lodge is situated in the center of the farm surrounded by lush bushveld. Accommodation is in 5 en-suite air conditioned bedrooms. The Lodge has a self catering central kitchen, lounge, dining area, bar & pool. Full catering by prior arrangement.

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Sleeps: 9

Sweet Thorn Lodge at Royal Jozini

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Lavumisa

34.3km North West of Ghost Mountain

Sweet Thorn is a family bush home with all rooms under one roof, with stunning views of Lake Jozini from the patios and also of the Lebombo Mountains.

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