6 night / 7 day (Lodge & Guest House)
Join us in a discovery of the Battlefields of Zululand. This epic tour encompasses the dynasties of the Zulu nation, the arrival of the trekkers and the Anglo-Zulu war itself. On this tour you will get to follow the Anglo-Zulu war from start to finish. You will also visit the birth place of the Zulu nation, as well as one of their most hallowed grounds. You will hear of epic heroism and learn of the end of a mighty European dynasty.
Your tour leader is a qualified nature guide. He will be accompanied by renowned historians, and battlefields guides who will relate the intricacies of each battle and every landmark that we visit. During our travels we will be in radio contact with you at all times to impart a wealth of biological, cultural and historic knowledge. We will be enjoying all our breakfasts and suppers at guest houses en route and the Bhejane guide will be preparing picnic lunches for you during the day.
Our Specialist Guides
Our guide Lyndsey King has spent many months researching the rich history of the area and the battles fought there. However at each site, we will make use of the specialist site guide for that area. This brings the whole experience alive as if it is happening in front of you.
We meet at 09h00 on the N2 highway approximately 70km north of Durban (Mvoti Ultra City). Once we're all there, the guide will issue you all with radios, do a safety briefing and we'll be on our way. From our meeting point it is a short drive to the place where the Anglo-Zulu war began. This is the site of the ultimatum given to the Zulu nation, which was little more than an excuse to go to war. We will then follow the progress of this war on our route to the town of Eshowe where we will spend our first night.
After breakfast we will visit the site of the birth of the Zulu nation and hear of its dynasties from around ca1560 to present day. We will then make our way to the uMgungundlovu cultural museum and visit Dingaan’s homestead and the site of Piet Retief and his party’s demise. By the end of the day we will visit and hear about the final battle of the Anglo-Zulu war. We overnight in Ulundi with a campfire braai for dinner.
In the morning we will visit the Ondini cultural museum and walk around Cetshwayo’s homestead and see the 3-handled mug presented to him by Queen Victoria. Then we will make a break from the battles of Zululand and visit the iMfolozi Game Reserve where we will enjoy a picnic lunch. The afternoon is at your leisure to drive around the reserve and then make your way back to Ulundi for a potjie dinner.
Today we leave for Vryheid. On the way we will visit the most hallowed ground of the Zulu nation - the resting place of King Senzangakhona KaJama, father of Kings Shaka, Dingaan and Mpande. Then we make our way to the memorial of Prince Imperial, son of Napoleon Bonaparte III. We will stop for lunch at the site of the Battle of Blood River.
Today we visit the battlefields around Vryheid. We will stop at Colonel Wood’s redoubt, scene of the battle of Khambula, which is considered the turning point of the Anglo-Zulu war. Before the day’s end we will make our way towards Dundee in preparation for the most iconic battles of the Anglo-Zulu war the next day.
Today we head to Isandlwana, following in the footsteps of the Zulu warriors and view the battlefield from the same vantage point shared by the izinDuna (representatives of the Zulu King). We will make our way to the site where Lord Chelmsford camped whilst the battle of Isandlwana was in progress and then to the Isandlwana battlefield itself. From here we follow the survivors to Fugitives Drift across the Mzinyati (Buffalo) river. Our last stop of the day will be at Rorke’s Drift, the site of an amazing defence by 110 soldiers over a period of 12 hours. This battle saw the awarding of 11 Victoria Crosses.
After a hearty breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye.