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Discover the Zulu Battlefields

Step back in time and discover an important part of British and South African history. The Zulu War of 1879 is famous for the great battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Set aside the historic battle connections and what you have is a vast scenic landscape with far-reaching views.

With a guide and some careful trekking, you can follow the battle as history unfolds with every step to discover the events that led to the loss of Zulu independence.

  • KwaZulu Natal Battlefields
  • Isandlawana, South Africa
  • 4 days/3 nights –

Highlights of the Zulu Battlefields tour

10 miles east of the Tugela River in Zululand, South Africa, lies the battlefield of Isandlwana where the Zulus massacred a battalion of the British Army. Over the scene looms the ominous shape of the Isandlwana Hill.

  • Stay at Fugitives’ Drift in a luxurious cottage with private verandah and swimming pool.
  • Award winning destination is famous for its Battlefield tours to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. David and Nicky Rattray, pioneers of Heritage Tourism in South Africa, have created an opportunity for visitors to experience the extraordinary saga of the Anglo Zulu war.
  • KwaZulu Natal province has the largest concentration of battlefields in South Africa. In 1870 the Battle of Isandlwana took place between Zulu and British armies, it was here that the British Army suffered their biggest defeat of the Victorian era.
  • Fishing, mountain biking, horse riding, walks and birding are available in addition to the battlefield tours.

Best time to visit the Zulu Battlefields?

  • Mid-April to end August mild and dry with warm days and chilly mornings and evenings. The lodge is well prepared for the cold weather with great log fires in the communal rooms and electric blankets in the bedrooms.
  • September to March – rainy season and there are often thunderstorms in the afternoon.

ItineraryFrom $229

Day 1 - Arrive at Fugitives' Drift Day 1 - Arrive at Fugitives' Drift View More

Full board accommodation at this luxury lodge. This Natural Heritage Site has views over both Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift.

Days 2 - Discover the Kwazulu Natal Battlefields Days 2 - Discover the Kwazulu Natal Battlefields View More

Daily guided tours to Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift also interactive child tours for the under 12's to view giraffe, zebra and wildebeest. Zulu Cultural village tour to learn about their way of life.

Day 3 - Kwazulu Natal Battlefields Day 3 - Kwazulu Natal Battlefields View More

The reserve offers accommodation in either the Lodge or the Guest House, both with spacious and luxurious en-suite cottages with private verandahs and swimming pools.

Day 4 - Departure - Leave Fugitive's Drift Day 4 - Departure - Leave Fugitive's Drift View More

Departure day by your own arrangements. Fancy a few days on the beach? Ask your Zambezi consultant for more details.

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How to get there

The Battlefields are easily accessible, you can either self-drive or we can organise a transfer for you from Johannesburg or Durban.

Transfers to the lodge are available from the nearby town of Dundee. Helicopters may land behind the lodge.

Tips and notes

In sight of the majestic Drakensburg Mountains, this battle was part of the Anglo-Zulu war over territory between the British and the Zulus. The battle took place in the shadow of Isandlwana Mountain. An army of 25,000 Zulu warriors attacked a camp of Europeans and Africans in British service – 1,300 British and 1,000 Zulus died.Today, the Battlefield looks like an ordinary area of plains. A great ledge looks out over Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana with far reaching views across miles of totally unspoilt grasslands and mountains dotted with aloe plants.

3 nights for the price of 2 at Fugitive’s Drift – no single supplement!


  • All meals
  • Teas/coffees


  • Battlefield tours
  • Laundry
  • Drinks
  • Curios
  • Personal travel insurance


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