Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal Isandlwana & Rorkes Drift – Three Day
Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal
Rorkes drift, Isandlwana, Fugitives Drift, Fort Eshowe and King Shaka Memorial
Price on Request
Over the years there have been many battles for control over land and people. These Wars in KwaZulu-Natal took place between the British, Boers and Zulus just a few hours outside of Durban. Two of the most famous battles being the Battle of Isandlwana (between the British and the Zulu’s) the Zulu’s annihilating the British and the battle at Rorkes Drift (between the British and the Zulu’s), the British annihilating the Zulu Warriors. Both these Battles took place on the same day the 22nd January 1879. On this Battlefields tour you will be transported back in time to experience these great Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal.
You can feel the spirits on the Battlefields and you know that something major happened on the sacred ground you stand upon!
On a 3-day tour of the Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal we visit three major battle sites which are of huge interest namely Isandlwana, Rorkes Drift and Blood River.
We also visit the King Shaka memorial site, Fort Eshowe, Shakaland, Odini, Emakhosini, Piet Retief’s grave and Fugitives Drift.
This makes the tour a comprehensive tour of the Anglo-Zulu battlefields as well as Blood River – an Anglo-Boer battle which wets the taste buds for your next trip to Zululand!
WHY WE THINK YOU’LL LOVE IT
✓ Learning from your Passionate guide who has in-depth knowledge of the Anglo-Zulu Battlefields.
✓ Experiencing the recreation of these battles for which so many men lost their lives.
✓ Enjoying the monuments and Museum set up to commemorate the Anglo-Zulu Battles fought in 1879.
Day 1: Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal Tour (Anglo-Zulu)
6:30 AM: Transportation
King Shaka Zulu Memorial Center
Battlefield site of Gingindlovu
Dinner: Rorke’s Drift Hotel
Day 2: Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal Tour (Anglo-Zulu)
8:00 AM: Breakfast
Rorke’s Drift Hotel
Day 3: Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal Tour (Anglo-Zulu)
8:30 AM: Breakfast
The Battle of Blood River
Arrive back in Durban
The Battle of Isandlwana
The name Isandlwana comes from the Zulu word “Isandla” which means hand and refers to the shape of the “koppie” or Hill which the Battle was fought upon.
At Isandlwana approximately 22 000 Zulu Impis(warriors) killed 1350 British Soldiers who were supposedly unarmed as their firearms and ammunition had not yet arrived from Rorkes drift due to the Zulus cutting it off! This particular Battle is world renowned as the worst defeat the British army had ever suffered at the hands of a native force.
There is now a monument commemorating the battle of Isandlwana as you enter the battlefield.
The Battle of Rorkes Drift
The battle of Rorkes Drift took place 30 km away from Isandlwana. It is this battle that the British are famous for as they won this battle with just approximately 150 soldiers against 3000 – 4000 Zulu Impis (warriors). This battle became so well-known due to the fact that the British Queen handed out 11 Victorian crosses, the most at any battle fought against a Native army.
Next to this little Mission Station was a Small hospital and the British Soldiers used Biscuit boxes to create a barrier between the two. It was this idea, and the weapons, which won them this battle.
The Battle of Blood River
The Battle of Blood River was fought between the Boers (Voortrekkers) who were led by Andries Pretorius against the Zulus on the bank of the Ncome River on the 16th December 1838.
This battle was fought by approximately 470 Boers and 15 000 – 21 000 Zulus!
Casualties were high as approximately 3 000 of King Dingane’s Zulus were killed including two Zulu Princes competing with Prince Mpande for the Zulu Throne. Only Three Boers were slightly injured including their leader Pretorius.
- Group Rates are available on request.
- Accommodation – Twin Room at Rorkes drift hotel
- Dinners and Breakfast
- Entrance Fees
- Listed Activities
- Transport – Pick-up and Drop-off
- Bottled Water (We only supply a limited number of bottles per day, should you require additional, this will be for your own account)
- Items of Personal Nature
- Lunch (Restaurant Available)
- Beverages: Beer; Wine; Cold Drinks
- Any other items not listed in the Inclusions