Battle of Goqkli Hill

This battle took place in 1818 and was the first encounter Shaka had with Zwide, king of the Ndwandwe people. Shaka, with a far smaller army, lured Zwide across the White Umfolozi River and led his troops on a merry dance with various tactics, tiring his troops out and eventually engaging them at the cone- shaped Goqkli Hill.

Zwide’s army, tired and hungry, eventually retreated, having lost a lot more soldiers than Shaka.

This battle put Shaka on the map, as he had outwitted a far superior army (almost double the size). People started to take notice of Shaka because of his masterful tactics.