The province of KwaZulu-Natal is is rich in history, and none more so than the history of the Anglo Zulu War of 1879. The names of Chelmsford and Cetshwayo, Dunn and Harford, Dubalamanzi and Fere, Colenso and Durnford are still spoken of today, as are the infamous sites of Isandlwana, Rorkes Drift and the Ultimatum Tree. Join us on our Anglo Zulu Battlefields Overnight Tour to experience the chilling tales of bravery, sacrifice and honor.
Anglo Zulu Battlefields Overnight Tour
In 1879, two of the great forces in Southern Africa met for the first time at Isandlwana. The British under Lord Chelmsford, and the Zulu’s ruled by Cetshwayo. The war between the two powers was a long time coming and the clash was heard as far away as England, France and the America’s.
Our tour starts off in Durban and travels the path of the Coastal Column, stopping at historic sites like the Ultimatum Tree, KwaDukuza and Gingindlovu along the way to Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift. Along the way your guide will chat to you about the origins of the war, the battle orders and of course, the far reaching consequences of the war.
We collect you from you accommodation anywhere in Durban or Durban surrounds at 8am and we head north along the coast, following on path of the coastal column. We make a number of short stops along the way at historic sites.
It’s a bit of a long day, so you guide will have some snacks available and of course complimentary bottled water.
We stop for lunch at approximately 2pm, and afterward visit one of the most haunting battlefields in South Africa, Isandlwana. Your guide will walk the battlefield with you and explain the orders of the day, there are many fascinating tales of the day and the visit is extremely entertaining.
Time permitting, we’ll also visit Mangeni Falls, a beautiful and lonely spot nestled in the Inhlazatye Hills, also the site where the commanding officers of the Flying Column took lunch while the slaughter at Isandlwana occurred.
Finally we retire to our nearby accommodation for dinner and bed.
It’s an early start, and after rising we head for breakfast at 7:30am before traveling the short 10 minutes to Rorkes Drift. It’s at this site where the British made a desperate stand and manged to defend themselves against some 4000 Zulu warriors.
The original buildings still remain and it’s worth spending time exploring the area for the morning. There are also a number of nearby monuments, to both the English defenders as well as the brave Zulu warriors.
After the tour (and time permitting) we’ll travel to the nearby Fugitives Drift where we can look over the Bufallo River and marvel at the stories of the desperate flight to safety the British solders experienced.
The Tour Includes
- Entry and all conservation fees to the various sites.
- 1 x dinner, 1 x breakfast and 2 x lunch (please note lunches may be packed).
- Accommodation at one of three well known hotels (depending on availability).
- Snack packs.
- Complimentary water.
- Guided tours at all the sites.
R4,800.00 per person
- The price is based in 2 persons sharing.
- Group discounts are available.
- The above price was correct on date of publishing and may change without notice. Please contact us for up to date pricing.
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Country and Coastal Touring are registered tour guides and operators based in Durban, South Africa. We offer pre-planned tours throughout South Africa.
Telephone: +27(0)317623374Address: 38 Horseshoe Crescent, Waterfall, 3610