Isandlwana & Rorke’s Drift Battlefields Tour – Full Day
Tour departs weekly on a Wednesday and a Friday
The Battlefields tour is a wonderful and interesting story, and Historians will love it, being a thriller and a drama like none other. Being rich in Anglo-Zulu war history, Kwa Zulu Natal hosted two of the most famous battles fought between the Zulu and British armies.
Let your imagination lose and go back in time – painting realistic pictures of the battle scenes played out in the eerie battlefields. Lunch is included on this tour, and enjoy spectacular KwaZulu Natal scenery as you wind your way back to the city centre of Durban.
*A specialist Battlefield Guide is available at a surcharge on request.
Zulu War Battlefields Rorke’s Drift 22-23 January 1879
The camp at Rorke’s Drift (sometimes spelt Rourk’s Drift or Rorks Drift) was a re-supply depot and included a hospital and store. Prior to the Zulu battle both hospital and store had been fortified as well as the rectangular area adjoining the two buildings.
At about 4.30pm on 22 January 1879 this camp garrisoned by 139 British soldiers, of whom 36 were sick or wounded, was attacked by 4 500 Zulu warriors. The battle that took place was to last for eleven and a half hours before the Zulus were repulsed.
The Anglo Boer War 1899-1902
‘By Christmas the war would be over’, were the confident cries of the British public and soldiers in 1899, at the start of the Anglo Boer War which was to prove the longest, bloodiest and most costly war since 1815 for Queen Victoria’s proud British army.
Today’s KwaZulu-Natal was not only the location of the Anglo Zulu War of 1879 but of many of the great Anglo Boer War Battles such as: Talana, Elandslaagte, Ladysmith, Colenso, Spioenkop. and Vaal Krantz.