Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal 2 day tour – Rorkes

Drift and Isandlwana.

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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 (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 2 day tour of the Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal we visit two major battle sights which are of huge interest namely Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift.

We also visit the King Shaka memorial site, Fort Eshowe and Fugitives Drift. 

This makes the tour a comprehensive tour of the Anglo-Zulu battlefields wetting your taste buds for your next trip to Zululand!



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



Isandlwana koppie

Isandlwana koppie



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



Isandlwana Depiction of the Battle

Isandlwana Depiction of the Battle



There now is a monument commemorating the battle of Isandlwana as you enter the battlefield.




Isandlwana Memorial monument





Isandlwana Memorial monument

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



Rorkes drift Mission Station

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


Rorkes drift map



Day 1: Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal Tour (Anglo-Zulu)



We collect clients from their accommodation at 8:30am depending on where the accommodation is. We head towards our first stop, the Shaka Memorial in KwaDukuza (Stanger). This is a 45min drive from Durban. Along the way your guide will chat to you about the history of Durban, South Africa, the Boers, the English and of course the Zulu people.


On arrival at the Shaka Memorial we’ll learn a little about the Zulu king and how he has impacted both Zulu and European peoples in South Africa. We will spend about 45 min here.


After finishing up at KwaDukuza we’ll make our way to the Eshowe Fort in Eshowe, the oldest European town in Zululand. This was an important feature of the Anglo Zulu war where the British were besieged by the Zulu army for a period of 2 months. We’ll spend about 60 min at this site.


After visiting the Eshowe museum will have a packed lunch as we travel direct to Isandlwana battlefield where the British were to suffer their worst defeat at the hands of an indigenous people. We will also have an opportunity to enjoy the small museum nearby. Your guide will lead you through the events that happened here on the 22nd January 1879. Generally we spend about 90 min here.


From Isandlwana it’s 20 minutes to our accommodation at Rorkes Drift Hotel.




Day 2: Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal Tour (Anglo-Zulu)



After a hearty breakfast at Rorkes Drift Hotel we’ll check out (at 9am) and travel to Fugitives Drift some 30 minutes away where your guide will relate the harrowing and heroic ride that two of the famed participants of the Isandlwana Battle had; Lieutenant’s Melville and Coghill. It’s here that the gallant dash to save the Queens Regimental Colors was lost and Melville and Coghill lost their lives.. Here’s we’ll spend about 30min at the site exploring the events that happened on the day.


After Fugitives Drift we’ll leave for Rorkes Drift where you’ll have a fantastic opportunity to visit the battlefield site that hasn’t changed much in the last 200 years. We’ll have an opportunity to explore the actual building where the fighting took place, as well as go through the events of the day aided by the visual clues at the site.


After this tour we’ll have a light lunch at the site and then return to Durban, arriving at approximately 3:30pm.





Basic Itinerary:


Day 1: Anglo Zulu Battlefields tour


8:30am – Collect Clients.

9:15am – Arrive at Shaka Memorial in KwaDukuza

10:00am – Depart for Fort Eshowe

11:00am – Arrive at Fort Eshowe

12:00am – Depart Fort Eshowe

12:15am – Packed Lunch

1:00pm – Depart for Isandlwana

3:00pm – Arrive at Isandlwana

4:30pm – Depart for overnight accommodation

4:50pm – Book in.


Day 2: Anglo-Zulu Battlefield tour


9am – Depart accommodation for Fugitives Drift

9:30am – Fugitives Drift

10:00am – Depart for Rorkes Drift

10:30am – Arrive Rorkes Drift

12:00am – Lunch at Rorkes Drift

12:30pm – Depart for Durban

3:30pm – Arrive Durban


2 Day – Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal Overnight Tour with a Specialist Battlefield guide

Price – Based on a  minimum of 2 Clients R7000 per person sharing, Group Rates are available on request.

Included: Pick up and drop off at tour hotel in Durban and surrounding areas, Guide from start to finish, 1 night accommodation, Dinner and breakfast, entrances fees, Battlefield tours as described.

Please note: Lunch is not included in the price quoted. We do provide bottled mineral water.

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