2 Day Natal Battlefields Guided Tour (Code: SCDF)

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R4750

Duration

2 Days

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Experience

The Natal Battlefields Tour – 2 Days (Code: SCDF)

The Natal Battlefields 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. To visit the battle of Blood River in addition to the battlefields included here, you need to join our three day tour of the battlefields  (Code: SCDF3) which includes Blood River museum and battlefield.

DAY 1   Durban – Pietermaritzburg – Spionkop – Ladysmith – Talana (Natal Battlefields Tour)

Our 2 Day Battlefield Guided Tour 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.

MORE TOURS:

Battlefields guided tour – 3 days,

Battlefields guided tour – 1 day

This tour can be added to other tours such as the Drakensberg tours, Garden Route tours or wildlife safaris – see the tour departures from Durban

From

R4750

Duration

2 Days

Included

Guided tour in our luxury 8 seater microbuses, Accommodation, Dinner, Breakfast, 1 lunch, Entrances, Conservation fees.

Excluded

1 Lunch, costs of a personal nature such as laundry.

Depart from

Most hotels and guesthouses in Durban and Umhlanga and the local airport.

Return to

Return to your departure point.

What to wear

What to bring

Binoculars, camera, insect repellent, knowledge on battlefields and the Anglo Zulu war, sunscreen

Accommodation

3 Star Lodge. An upgrade to more luxury accommodation is possible, check your booking site or ask us.

Transport

We use luxury 7-seater air-conditioned microbuses on this tour. Smaller vehicles are use when the group size warrants it

Departures

Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays

Group Size

1 – 7 guests on our scheduled tours. Bigger groups travel in multiple 7 seater microbuses or a bigger bus on a private basis

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