Testament to battles passed

The KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields are a testament to the vicious wars that once rocked the British, Boer, and Zulu nations. It is hard to believe that the rolling green hills, sweeping grasslands, and powerful Drakensberg mountain range once bore witness to these bloody conflicts.

Guides recount with chilling detail the nature of each battle as well as the military strategies and tactics used to undermine the enemy. Time has consumed many of the war forts that the British built, but the ominous Fort Dunford with its 30ft-high walls still stands near the town of Estcourt. The Isandlwana hill where one of the first Anglo-Zulu skirmishes took place is littered with clumps of white stones that mark the graves of fallen British soldiers. Visitors can cross the Buffalo River to Rorke’s Drift, the site of another clash.

Visitors can immerse themselves in the history embedded in the region. The Talana Museum houses thousands of documents and artefacts relating to the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer wars. Stand among the 64 bronze, life-size Voortrekker wagons commemorating the Battle of Blood River and watch the struggles come to life with annual re-enactments. Visit the Zulu cultural villages or explore the region’s rich birdlife and wildlife at Nambiti Private Game Reserve.

Highlights

  • Explore the region’s rich birdlife and wildlife at Nambiti Private Game Reserve
  • The Talana Museum houses thousands of documents and artefacts relating to the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer wars
  • 64 bronze and life-size Voortrekker wagons commemorate the Battle of Blood River near Dundee and are a sight to behold 
  • Visit the sites where two monumental battles of the Anglo-Boer War took place: Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift
  • Convenient add-on to an itinerary exploring the magnificent Drakensberg region
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