The Natal Battlefields guided tour visits the battlefields of Spionkop, Tala, Ladismith, Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, all part of the Anglo Boer and Anglo Zulu wars fought during the late 19th century. You finally visit Zulu king Dingane’s Umgungundhlovu homestead where he murdered Boer leader Piet Retief and his party.
DAY 1 Durban – Pietermaritzburg – Spionkop – Ladysmith – Talana (Battlefields)
Our 2 Day Battlefield Guided Tour to the battlefields takes us 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.
Enter 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 visit the Siege Museum for an insight into the siege of Ladysmith and stories of suffering and heroism. Overnight outside Dundee after we visit the Talana Battlefield – the site of the first battle of the Anglo-Boer War. Overnight at the Battlefields Lodge.
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.