Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal Day Tour – Rorkes Drift and Isandlwana.(Anglo-Zulu wars)
Over the years their 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 of Rorke’s 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.
If you have not been there you should go there in the mind on a Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal Day Tour or overnight Tour. You can feel the spirits on the Battlefield and you know that something major happened on the Sacred ground you stand upon!
On a Day Tour of the Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal we visit two major battle sights which are of huge interest namely Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift.
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.
Isandlwana koppie and Graves
At Isandlwana approximately 22 000 Zulu Imips(warriors) killed 1350 British Soldiers who were supposedly unarmed as there 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.
Isandlwana Depiction of the Battle
There now is a monument commemorating the battle of Isandlwana as you enter the battlefield.
Isandlwana Memorial monument
The Battle of Rorkes Drift
The battle of Rorkes Drift took place 30 km away from Isandlwana. It was at this battle that the British are famous for because they won it 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.
Rorkes drift Mission Station
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.
Rorkes drift map
Anglo-Zulu Battlefield day tour: Itinerary
It’s an early start to our Anglo-Zulu Battlefields day tour as we collect clients from their accommodation in or around Durban at 6:30am. The drive to the battlefields is about 4 hours through some of the most picturesque countryside in South Africa! And to help speed things along your knowledgeable guide will chat to you about the history of South Africa, the Boers and Zulu’s as well as the English.
Our first destination is Isandlwana to which we’ll travel along the route that the Coastal Column took during the Anglo-Zulu War. Your guide will point out such sites as the “Ultimatum Tree”, “Fort Pearson”, the “Battle of Gingindlovu” site as well as “Fort Eshowe”.
We’ll also travel within site of Ulundi, the capital of Zululand and home to Cetswayo, the ZUlu King during the Anglo-Zulu war, and gaze on the heights of the Mtonjaneni range overlooking the Valley of the Kings… Emakhosini.
We arrive at our destination Isandlwana at 10:30am, where over refreshments your guide will discuss the battle of the day. We’ll travel over to the battlefield itself where visitors will have an opportunity to walk in the very footsteps of the brave Zulu and British combatants.
At 12:30am we’ll depart Isandlwana and make our way to Rorkes Drift for lunch. At this little trading post the actions of a few men against a great many saw the pride of the British resurrected after the humbling drubbing the British received at the hands of the Zulu’s at Isandlwana.
We’ll explore the very building where “Hook the cook”, and the William’s and Jones’s (fine Welsh boys) made their stand, some 150 against 4000, and over 12 hours pulled of what can only be described as a miracle, defending their small little supply depo successfully against the Zulu’s.
Finally we depart for Durban, following the central columns route through Helpmekaar, Tugela Ferry and Pietermaritzburg, arriving at approximately 6:30pm
Battlefield Day Tour with a Specialist Battlefield guide.
Price – Based on a minimum of 2 Clients R2500 per person, Group Rates are available on request.
Solo Traveler rate: R4400
Please note: Lunch is not included in the price quoted. We do provide a bottled mineral water.