DAY 1 Durban – Pietermaritzburg – Spionkop – Ladysmith - Talana
We travel westwards to Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal, for a brief city tour. Stop at the railway station where Mahatma Gandhi was thrown off the train because of the colour of his skin, and see the waiting room, where, in the silence of the night he formulated his philosophy of passive resistance. Visit the Church of the Vow that was built as a result of the Battle of Blood River between the Voortrekkers and the Zulus in 1838. Then onwards to the hills where the Battle of Spionkop took place. Here, famous personalities like Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi and General Louis Botha, were active in different capacities. Standing on the spot, the terrible incident unfolds again. At Ladysmith we visit the Siege Museum for an insight into the siege of Ladysmith and stories of suffering and heroism. Our overnight stop is outside Dundee after we visit the Talana Battlefield – the site of the first battle of the Anglo-Boer War.
DAY 2 Rorke’s Drift – Isandlwana – Umgungundluvo - Durban
This morning we cover the famous and awe inspiring battlefields of Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana. At our last stop, we get an insight into the clashes between the Voortrekkers and the Zulus. We visit Umgungundlovu, the reconstructed home of Dingane who was responsible for the massacre of the Voortrekker leader, Piet Retief, and many of his men. This, in turn, led to the Battle of Blood River in 1838. Here we visit the grave of Piet Retief. We return to Durban via Melmoth and Eshowe and arrive early evening.
|Duration||2 Days (Departing Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 08h00)|
|What to bring||Binoculars, camera, insect repellent, knowledge on battlefields and the Anglo Zulu war, sunscreen|
King Shaka Airport
|Departure point||Most hotels and guesthouses in Durban and Umhlanga and the local airport.|
|Exclusions||1 Lunch, costs of a personal nature such as laundry.|
|Inclusions||Guided tour in our luxury 8 seater microbuses, Accommodation, Dinner, Breakfast, 1 lunch, Entrances, Conservation fees|
|Price from||To find the price for your date of travel, kindly click on BOOK NOW, select your departure date and click on time slot. Then enter the number of people travelling to get the per person rate, the total and a deposit amount if available to book your tour.|
|Return point||Return to your departure point.|
South African Battlefields
King Shaka International Airport
|What to wear||Well worn-in clothes, Worn-in walking shoes, One set of warmer clothing with a jacket for the evening and morning and during our winter months from May until August.|