Reaching the battlefields from Durban in a day is doable, though to be honest it is a long day. We start off at 6am from Durban, and usually only get back at about 6pm; so a full 12 hours. But having said that, it’s probably one of the best experiences for fans of battlefields especially if you have limited time. The Anglo Zulu War Day Tour has proven to be really popular in spite of the long day, for those that watched Michael Caine portray Bromhead and Stanley Baker Chard in the film “Zulu” there is nothing quite like standing on the very ground depicted in the film Zulu.

The makeshift hospital at Rorkes Drift

The makeshift hospital at Rorkes Drift

Anglo Zulu War Day Tour

After collecting my clients from their accommodation yesterday we headed on our way to the first stop for the day, Isandlwana, via Eshowe. Along the way I pointed out the site of the Ultimatum Tree as well as the battlefields of Gingindlovio and Nyezane. We had a comfort break in the town of Melmoth (named after Sir Melmoth Osborn) which has some great examples of colonial architecture.

From there we headed out to Isandlwana, skirting the sacred Mtonjenenei Mountains, guarding the Valley of the Kings where a number of the great Zulu kings rest. And then we had a sighting I never thought I would ever see.

As we cleared the large wattle plantations outside of Melmoth, our strutted three female Kudu’s! I was so stunned that I could only sit on the side of the road jaw dropped as these majestic animals trotted away from us down into the uninhabited valley surrounding extended plantations. It was just amazing. I imagine this must have been a common sight 200 hundred years ago. How wonderful would it be if this were a sign of things to come.

The view from the Zulu positions onto the British positions at Isandlwana

The view from the Zulu positions onto the British positions at Isandlwana


We arrived at Isandlwana and as is usual (for me anyway), I stopped on the Nqutu Plateau that hid the Zulu impi’s from the British in the 1879 war. From here we had a breathtaking view of the Isandlwana battlefield.

We chatted about the events of the day and then headed down to the little museum where my guests enjoyed a walk about. Finally we drove onto the battlefield itself and walked among the cairns that marked the fallen brave solders. We stopped on our way out at the fantastic Zulu memorial to the fallen. It’s a fantastic memorial itself.

The Zulu Monument at Isandlwana.

The Zulu Monument at Isandlwana.

Rorkes Drift

Rorkes Drift was u next, and I think for 95% of the visitors to the battlefields, it’s probably also the highlight of the visit (thanks to Stanley Baker and associates). Here we walked about the museum which is homed in the very building the Jim Rorke built and that Lord Chemlsford commandeered and used as a hospital.

Back to Durban City

Isandlwana from Black's Koppie

Isandlwana from Black’s Koppie

Booking a Anglo Zulu War Tour

It’s easy to book an Anglo Zulu War Tour, simply contact us via out contact page and we’ll book your spot to visit Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift.