Ncome Museum, Nquthu
Both sides of the story
The Ncome-Blood River heritage site is probably one of the most unique battlefields in South Africa. The site witnessed a major battle between the Voortrekkers and amaZulu on 16 December 1838, and is named after the nearby river known as ‘Ncome’ in isiZulu and ‘Bloedrivier’ in Afrikaans.
The site is unique in that it has two museums in close proximity re-interpreting the same events. Visitors are therefore exposed to different interpretations and points of view.
The Ncome Museum building was designed in the shape of buffalo horns, which was the formation, initiated by King Shaka kaSenzangakhona, in which the Zulu army attacked.
The Museum came into being in 1999 as part of the National Government’s Legacy project of preserving the histories of all people of South Africa.