The Tembe people have a unique history and culture that sets them apart from their Zulu, Swazi and Shangaan neighbours. They are said to have established their kingdom in South-East Africa. The founders of the Tembe people migrated from Karanga.
What is today known as Zimbabwe, to the areas surrounding Delegoa Bay around 1554. They gradually established a mighty kingdom, which extended into the Delagoa Bay (Maputo) hinterland. Their kingdom stretched from the Pongola (Maputo) River in the west to the Indian Ocean in the east, and from Delagoa Bay in the north to around the Sodwana Bay area in the south.
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