The Natal Battlefields Tours: South Africa’s recent history was shaped by violent battles fought over land and riches derived from minerals and precious stones. We take a peek into particularly the KwaZulu Natal battles and experience the raw violence and heroism that became part and parcel of some of them.
Explore the battlefields of Kwa-Zulu Natal with a tour
The battles that took place in Kwa-Zulu Natal some 120 years ago completely changed the course of South African history. Today, the echoes of the past still ring out over the quiet mountains and deep valleys, as the tales of skirmishes are retold during South African battlefield tours.
The battlefields form a small part of the province, and there are 9 destinations to explore, each with its own story etched into the soil. It is a place where the British suffered some of their worst military defeats, a place where the Boers were broken, and a place where the proud Zulu tribe met the crushing end to their dominance.
About the Battlefields of Kwa-Zulu Natal
Spread out over numerous locations, some battlefields are more significant than others. For those looking to step back into British history, Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift are perhaps the most important locations to visit. It was here that the British faced the Zulus in a ferocious 2 hour battle. The British, armed with guns, fought the Zulus, who were armed with just spears and shields, and suffered a real thrashing. The British become one of the few empires ever to be defeated by an indigenous army.
The next battlefield that should be on your list is Spioenkop. 3 people, who would later become famous for other reasons, were present at the battle; Mahatma Gandhi was a stretcher bearer and Winston Churchill was a war correspondent at the time. Louis Botha, who would become the first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa, would also play a role there. While in the area, you should also see the Blood River Monument and the Talana Museum.
When planning your trip to the Battlefields, you should organise it so that it coincides with one of the re-enactments.
Many of the fascinating military forts that once dotted the area have vanished and in their place, there are a few museums and memorials. While you might not be actually seeing the conflict or the remains of the forts, the sombre feeling of each region cannot be ignored. It’s hard to believe that in such a picturesque part of South Africa, such awful conflicts have taken place. South African battlefields have become the perfect place to reflect on the past.
South African Battlefield Tours
Our tours are designed to give each guest a unique and personal experience that will leave them enlightened and with loads of stunning photos. When you choose a South African battlefields tour with Southern Circle, you’ll find a number of exciting tour packages to choose from.
– Natal Battlefields Tour
This one day tour includes 12 hours spent exploring Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, while trips to Chetswayo’s Kraal and Ondini are also on the cards, should there be enough time. The tour leaves from Durban and returns to Durban in the evening. Comfortable walking shoes are a must, as most of the day is spent on your feet.
– Battlefields Tour
This two day tour of the most famous battlefields is without a doubt the best way to take your time while enjoying two full days of touring. This historical tour is one of enlightenment and you will spend your time walking the battlefields and hearing the stories the guides have to tell. On day 1, you will be taken to Spionkop, Ladysmith, and Talana while the second day you’ll see Rorke’s Drift, Isandlwana and Umgungundluvo, before returning to Durban.
– 3 Day Natal Battlefields Tour
Giving you the maximum amount of time seeing the battlefields and hearing the stories of the past, this 3 day tour is a must for all history enthusiasts. This tour starts and ends in Durban, and it includes trips to Spionkop, Ladysmith, Dundee, Rorke’s Drift, Isandlwana, Blood River, Babanango, Ondini, and Umgungundhlovu.
The area can easily be visited on a self-drive tour, but guided tours are considered the better option. In the company of a tour guide, guests will be taken to the best spots while being regaled with stories that have made it into South African history books. Guests should bring their cameras along for the journey as the views from the battlefields are truly beautiful. While most tours will have guests walking around each location, if you are searching for a more authentic experience, you could always look for the tour that takes you on horseback.
Book your South African Battlefields tour today and learn more about the battles that have shaped our nation into what it is.