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

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


The Zulu King lineage stretches to as far as Luzumana, who is believed to have lived as long ago as the 16th century. Luzumana is the child of Ngoni, but details about him are unknown.

Chieftains of the Zulus (c. 1700–1818)

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

Kings of the Zulus (c. 1818–present)

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 49)7 May 2021IncumbentSon of Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzuluZulu royal familyMisuzulu Zulu kaZwelithini of Zululand


Misuzulu ZuluGoodwill ZwelithiniCyprian BhekuzuluSolomon kaDinuzuluDinuzuluCetshwayoMpandeDinganeShaka

See also


  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.