Introduced in C4w
Unique Building for Zulu Empire (Replaces Barracks)
Cost[1]60 Hammer
Special Abilities



"Upon ascending to power, the great Zulu leader Shaka implemented a number of important civil and military reforms to his growing civilization. In addition to his important innovations to Zulu warfare - he is often credited with the invention of the famous Zulu "buffalo horns" formation, as well as the introduction of the "iklwa," a short stabbing spear that proved enormously successful in combat - Shaka also reorganized Zulu society to better support his military ambitions.

At the age of six, young boys joined Shaka's military as apprentice warriors. (This is a surprising parallel to the way that Spartan boys were raised - though it's unlikely that Shaka every heard of the Spartans.) The young warriors were trained in "ikhanda" (special military camps). During their training the Zulu boys were imbued with military fervor, put through rigorous physical exercise, and of course instructed in the use of the Zulu's powerful weapons. In battle they carried supplies and extra weapons for the warriors, and it is believed that they occasionally went out on hit-and-run raids against less dangerous enemy tribes. When the boys reached the appropriate age, they became full-fledged warriors. As a result the Zulu warriors were among the bravest and best-trained soldiers in the world."


"Ikhandas, the Zulu replacements for Barracks, grant experience points to troops built in their cities, and lower city maintenance costs."

Difference from Barracks

It costs 60 Hammer instead of 50, but it reduces the maintenance cost of the city by 20%.
In C4w the +2 Happiness bonus doesn't come with Nationhood civic (it should be a bug).


In the city screen press the following icon to start Ikhanda construction:

Game versionButton
C4w and C4btsIcoIkhanda

See also


  1. Cost depends on Game Speed. Quick: 40 Hammer, Epic: 90 Hammer, Marathon: 180 Hammer.
  2. This special ability affects only in C4bts.
  3. This special ability affects in C4w and C4bts, but appears only in C4bts.