Tuesday the 17th marked the first day of a 7-day tour to the Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal and a “Big-5Safari. The itinerary I had planned called for firstly a night of Zulu cultural experience, followed by a few days in the battlefields area before spending the remaining days in Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve.

Collage of KwaZulu-Natal Tour

Collage of KwaZulu-Natal Tour

The full itinerary looked like this…

  • Day 1: Start with a tour through Durban, travelling along the “Golden Mile“, the Durban city center and visiting “KwaMuhle Museum“. From the museum we then head north on the N2 towards Eshowe, stopping along the way at Stanger for a look at Shaka’s resting place, as well as a small military graveyard outside uMgungundlovu, before finally arriving at our overnight stop at Shakaland.


  • Day 2: Leaving Shakaland we make our way to Isandlwana with a short but interesting visit to the site of  memorial as well as the Zulu Chief Dingaan’s Royal Kraal. Our stop over on this evening was the Rorke Drift Hotel.


  • Day 3: We had a full day planned here for tours of both Isandlwana as well as Rorkes Drift. We planned also to visit Fugitive’s Drift if time permitted. We were also staying at Rorkes Drift Hotel for a second evening.


  • Day 4: An early start was planned as we were going to visit the site of the Prince Imperial’s death and the memorial at Blood River. From Blood River, we planned to go direct to Hluhluwe Infolozi Game Reserve, entering through Cengeni Gate near Ulundi; which coincidentally marked the end of not only our Battlefields tour, but also of the Anglo/Zulu War itself!


  • Day 5 & 6: Booked into Hilltop Camp at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, we were going to spend these two days just game watching.


  • Day 7: Our final day was going to see us traveling back to Durban with a stop off at the St.Lucia Estuary for the 2 hour cruise.

Part 1 to follow…

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