Nkandla is a town in the South African province of KwaZulu -Natal. It is located in the homonymous municipality in the district uThungulu and is surrounded by the ancient Kingdom of Zululand.

Nkandla in 2011 had 3,557 inhabitants. About 90 percent of the population are unemployed and thus poverty is great. In the region, the rate of infection with HIV is very high. Every fourth or even one in three is affected. Due to the high death rate from AIDS, which affects many middle-aged parents, there are many orphans. The documentary Orphans of Nkandla (, The orphans of Nkandla ') of BBC and TrueVision, describes the difficult lives of these orphans in the community.

Nkandla is the hometown of Jacob Zuma, the current President of South Africa.