Here’s looking at you

* A dappled young Nguni calf, part of a herd on the top of the mountains above Aurora. Nguni cattle are known for their fertility and resistance to diseases, and are characterised by their multicoloured skin, which can present many different patterns, but their noses are always black-tipped.

The ancestors of Nguni cattle were brought by the Xhosa, Zulu, and Swazi people, during their migration to southern Africa between 600 and 1400 AD.

Shaka also bred the Ngunis according to colour patterns to produce hides for the several regiments of his army, henceforward recognised by them.

His elite personal guard was recognised by pure white, from animals of the royal herd, the inyonikayiphumuli. (reference: Wikipedia)

See page 5 for a story connecting to this unique breed of cattle.