Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift Battlefields Tour

  • Isandlwana Battlefields
  • Rourkes Drift
  • Isandlwana Battlefields Monument

Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift Battlefields Tour (SCDK)
Full Day Tour


From R 2 200 per person
Valid to: 31 October 2016

Travel and storytelling blend seamlessly on this compelling journey to the historical Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal. As you stand at the sites of the 1879 Battle of Isandlwana and the subsequent skirmish at Rorke’s Drift, your specialist Battlefield Guide brings the account of 20 000 Zulu warriors armed with traditional weapons confronting British firepower vividly to life.

A light Lunch is Included.

Includes

  • Includes return transfers from Durban beachfront hotels Lesotho Sani Pass | Lunch

Isandlwana

The Battle of Isandlwana on 22 January 1879 was the first major encounter in the Anglo-Zulu War between the British Empire and the Zulu Kingdom. Eleven days after the British commenced their invasion of Zululand in South Africa, a Zulu force of some 20,000 warriors attacked a portion of the British main column consisting of about 1,800 British, colonial and native troops and perhaps 400 civilians.

Despite a vast disadvantage in weapons technology, the numerically superior Zulus ultimately overwhelmed the poorly led and badly deployed British, killing over 1,300 troops, including all those out on the forward firing line. The Zulu army suffered around a thousand killed.

The battle was a crushing victory for the Zulus and caused the defeat of the first British invasion of Zululand. The British army had suffered its worst defeat against a technologically inferior indigenous force. However, Isandlwana resulted in the British taking a much more aggressive approach in the Anglo-Zulu War, leading to a heavily reinforced second invasion and the destruction of King Cetshwayo's hopes of a negotiated peace.
Rorke's Drift

The Battle of Rorke's Drift, was a battle in the Anglo-Zulu War. The defence of the mission station of Rorke's Drift, immediately followed the British Army's defeat at the Battle of Isandlwana on 22 January 1879, and continued into the following day, 23 January. Just over 150 British and colonial troops successfully defended the garrison against an intense assault by 3,000 to 4,000 Zulu warriors.

The massive Zulu attacks on Rorke's Drift came very close to defeating the tiny garrison but were ultimately repelled. Eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded to the defenders, along with a number of other decorations and honours.

Back to Durban
As your tour ends you make your way back to Durban.

 

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