Apart from its wildlife sanctuaries, seaside getaways and dramatic mountain landscapes, KwaZulu-Natal is also a province steeped in history. It was here that the bloody battles of the Anglo-Zulu war were fought in 1879. Travel to the renowned sites of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, where some of the most dramatic clashes between the British and the mighty Zulu Kingdom took place. Immerse yourself in tales of courage, strife, ingenuity and drama on fascinating tours led by masterful storytellers. Visit historic sites and museums or enjoy a cultural tour to a traditional Zulu settlement.
At the Battle of Isandlwana, the first major encounter between the British and the Zulus, a portion of the British troops was overwhelmed by 20 000 Zulu warriors, who easily overthrew the trained soldiers, making this one of the Empire’s worst defeats. However, the Anglo-Zulu clash at Rorke’s Drift saw the tables turned when 150 British troops successfully defended a missionary station against a vicious attack of over 3 000 Zulu warriors. The sites of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift are the most notable in the Battlefields region, however, a stop at Fugitives’ Drift, where a heroic stand was made in an attempt to save the Queen’s Colours, is also not to be missed.