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Zululand & the Battlefields

The road from Empangeni on the coast up into the hills is very beautiful. It winds through sugar cane fields that give way to orange groves and banana plantations as the landscape becomes increasingly hilly. These are the fertile hills of Zululand, traditional homeland of the Zulu people. The word Zulu means ‘heaven’ and Zululand, or KwaZulu is ‘the place of heaven’. Although famous battlefields bear witness to historic conflicts, this is peaceful farming country where people still enjoy a rich culture and live pretty much as they have always done.

Anglo Zulu War

More than a century after the events, 20,000 British people still visit the battlefields every year! This is about much more than a battle.

These events are imprinted on the psyche of both the British and the Zulu. These hills witnessed the first major military defeat inflicted upon the forces of the British Empire by colonised peoples - before the tables turned so that, for over a century, a proud warrior people was reduced to a nation of miners and garden boys.

A visit to the battlefields is one of the most fascinating things you can do in South Africa and, unless that is your thing, it has nothing to do with military history.  It is about the relationships between the British crown and its subjects, and between white man and Zulu. It is about Zulu society, and about what happened when people of the Victorian age were tested to extremes.

Battlefield Tours

The Battlefield Tours have evolved out of the unique historical re-telling developed by the late David Rattray at Fugitives Drift, his protégé Rob Gerrard, guide at Isandlwana Lodge, Rob Caskie and a small group of other inspired guides who lead tours out of these lodges. Nothing can prepare you for the impact of standing at Rorke’s Drift at sunset and listening to one of these great raconteur-historians re-tell the events of that heroic night, when a force of around a hundred British soldiers warded off an attack by 4000 Zulu warriors.

See these sample itineraries that include Battlefield Tours:

KwaZulu Natal self-drive tour
KwaZulu Natal deluxe self-drive holiday

Ring on 020 76661250, or email us, if you'd like to talk one-to-one about holidays in KwaZulu Natal and South Africa in general.

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Example Holiday Ideas

We can tailor-make any itinerary for you - these holiday ideas are intended to be a starting point. Call us if you would like to start planning a trip. 020 7666 1250.

Total Itineraries: 3      
KZN Action-Packed Family Holiday
South AfricaSouth Africa
This action packed holiday is a perfect to involve and absorb kids and young people in environmental awareness. Take part in an action packed programme such as tracking, orientation, bush survival skills, anti-poaching methods and spear-fishing.
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Fly-Drive
From £2180
per adult
11 day holiday
Flights included
See the full trip
KwaZulu Natal Self-Drive Tour
South AfricaSouth Africa
If a 'sun-lounger' holiday is not your thing, this exciting two-week tour of South Africa's KwaZulu Natal, packed with outdoor...
  • Culture & History
  • Family
  • Fly-Drive
  • Scenic Journeys
From £2925
per person
12 day holiday
Flights included
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KwaZulu Natal Deluxe Self-Drive Holiday
South AfricaSouth Africa
This luxury KwaZulu Natal self-drive takes in the Drakensberg, the Zulu Battlefields, a superb safari experience and time to relax on an Indian Ocean beach.
  • Fly-Drive
  • Responsible Travel
  • Safari Holidays
From £4545
per person
15 day holiday
Flights included
See the full trip