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The Battle of Isandlwana commenced on the 22 January 1897. This was the first encounter in the Anglo-Zulu war and after 11 days, the British were defeated by the Zulus. The Zulu army consisting of 20,000 warriors attacked the British main Column which consisted of around 1,800 troops and around 400 civilians.
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The Battle of Isandlwana commenced on the 22 January 1897. This was the first encounter in the Anglo-Zulu war and after 11 days, the British were defeated by the Zulus. The Zulu army consisting of 20,000 warriors attacked the British main Column which consisted of around 1,800 troops and around 400 civilians.

The Zulus were mainly equipped with traditional weapons such as assegai iron spears, iklwa, cow-hide shields as well as a small number of muskets and old rifles. The British were armed with state of the art equipment such as the Martini-Henry breech-loading rifle, two 7 pounder artillery pieces and rocket battery. Despite the fact that the British had an advantage with their advanced equipment, they were well outnumbered by the Zulus and poorly led which resulted in over 1,300 troops being killed. The Zulu army suffered the loss of around 1000 in the battle.


Hotels that offer Battlefield Tours:


Antbear Guesthouse Battlefield Tours in the Drakensberg Battlefield ToursAntbear Guesthouse Battlefield Tours

Take a battlefield guide and relive history. Raymond Heron is a specialist South African War raconteur and registered guide who will accompany you to the many historic sights of the Kwa-Zulu Natal battlefields.


KwaZulu Natal Battlefields Tours at Isandlwana Battlefields Lodge offering Battlefield ToursIsandlwana Battlefields Lodge Battlefield Tours

This lodge is in an ideal location as it is near some of the major game reserves in the area and it is within driving distance of the battle grounds. The lodge offers daily tours to these historic sites with the resident historian, Rob Gerrard. Anglo Zulu and Anglo Boer Tours require prior arrangement.


Oaklands Country Manor offers Battlefields tours in the Drakensberg Mountains, KwaZulu Natal Battlefield ToursOaklands Country Manor Battlefield Tours

Registered local tour guides can accompany visitors to the old battlefields, and detailed maps and brochures are available from the Ladysmith Tourism Information Office.


Spionkop Lodge offers Battlefield Tours and Packages Spionkop Lodge Battlefield Tours

The SpionKop Lodge is set against the backdrop of the majestic Drakensberg mountains, on the Kwazulu-Natal battlefields route.


Three Tree Hills Lodge Battlefield ToursThree Tree Hills Lodge Battlefield Tours

Three Tree Hill Lodge specialises in the history of the 2nd Anglo-Boer War from (1899 – 1902) with the Battle of Spioenkop being our focal point. Tours can be organised to any of these battlefields by prior arrangement only.


Top 10 Anglo-Zulu battle sites in South Africa

1
Isandlwana, KwaZulu-Natal

The Battle of Isandlwana commenced on the 22 January 1897. This was the first encounter in the Anglo-Zulu war and after 11 days, the British were defeated by the Zulus. The Zulu army consisting of 20,000 warriors attacked the British main Column which consisted of around 1,800 troops and around 400 civilians.


2
Fugitives’ Drift, Dundee

This site is set up to follow the route that the few survivors took when they fled the battle of Isandlwana. This lone hillside is the home to the graves of Lts. Coghill and Melvill who were responsible for saving the Queens colours. This site is on private land and there are guides that are able to lead groups along the trail. The other option is to drive to Fugitives' Drift Lodge and pay to view the site at reception.


3
Fort Pine, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands

This site is a fort that was built in order to defend the frontier in 1878.


4
Rorke’s Drift, Dundee

The battle and the battle site at the Swedish Mission Station of Rorke's Drift has now become world famous. There were 11 Victoria Crosses awarded to the defenders in this battle, 7 of which were given to the 24th Regiment (now Royal Regiment of Whales). An entrance fee is required. This site and museum is open from 08:00am till 16:00pm on weekdays and from 09:00am till 16:00pm on weekends and holidays.


5
Ntombe, Paulpietersburg

It was along this River that the Zulus attempted to attack fully loaded supply wagons.


6
Hlobane, Vryheid

This site is where Redvers Buller and his mens skills were put to the test on the side of the Hlobane Mountain.


7
Kambula, Vryheid

At Kambula, worriors fought for over 4 hours only to be driven away by an intense fire that killed man. 


8
Gingindlovu, Eshowe

A battle was fought here in 1879 which resulted in the death of more than 1000 Zulu soldiers. The British were able to defeat them as they were aided by skilled artillery.


9
The Prince Imperials Monument

This historic monument is situated in between Dundee and Vryheid. This site marks the spot and grave where the Prince Imperial of France, Louis Napoleon, died. He was killed on 1 June 1879 and his body was returned to England for burial. This site is open daily and request a donation from visitors.


10
Ulundi, KwaZulu-Natal

The battle of Ulundi took place within Ulundi in July, 1879. This was the last major battle of the Anglo-Zulu war. In this battle, the British were able to eventually brake the military power of the Zulus and defeated their main army right after capturing and destroying the capital of Ulundi.

Sites and Museums in Isandlwana

Blood River s

The battle at Blood River was fought on the 16th December 1838. At this site, Voortrekkers defeated a Zulu army. This is where a circle of 64 commemorative wagons have been erected. In this area there is an interpretation centre, a coffee shop and a curio shop. An entrance fee is required. The battlefield is open from 08:00 till 16:30 daily except for Christmas Day.


Ncome Museum

This Museum is located across from the Blood River site. The building is designed in the form of a bulls horn which was the attack formation that the Zulu army used during battles. This museum features the history and the culture of the Zulu people and tells the story of the battle that took place on the 16 December 1838. You'll recognise the museum by the row if metal traditional Zulu shields that line the outside the wall. There is a donation required when entering this museum. The museum is open daily from 08;00 am - 16:30 pm daily.


Isandlwana and Museum

This historic site is the site of the biggest defeat encountered by the British in colonial times. The battle took place in the 22nd of January 1879 and left behind a site that is arguably the most nostalgicof all the battle sites. The site is marked by hundreds of whitewashed stone cairns that reveal the resting places of the troops that were killed there. There is a required entrance fee. The site is open from 08:00 am till 16:00 pm on weekdays and from 09:00 am till 16:00 pm during weekends and public holidays.


Rorke's Drift and Museum

The battle and the battle site at the Swedish Mission Station of Rorke's Drift has now become world famous. There were 11 Victoria Crosses awarded to the defenders in this battle, 7 of which were given to the 24th Regiment (now Royal Regiment of Whales). An entrance fee is required. This site and museum is open from 08:00am till 16:00pm on weekdays and from 09:00am till 16:00pm on weekends and holidays.


Fugitives' Drift

This site is set up to follow the route that the few survivors took when they fled the battle of Isandlwana. This lone hillside is the home to the graves of Lts. Coghill and Melvill who were responsible for saving the Queens colours. This site is on private land and there are guides that are able to lead groups along the trail. The other option is to drive to Fugitives' Drift Lodge and pay to view the site at reception.


Site of the death of the Prince Imperial

This site marks the spot and grave where the Prince Imperial of France, Louis Napoleon, died. He was killed on 1 June 1879 and his body was returned to England for burial. This site is open daily and request a donation from visitors.


Helpmekaar

Helpmekaar means 'to help each other'. The town was given this name as this is where the mountain pass became hard to travel through via ox wagons and people had to help each other. In most cases a double span of oxes were needed in order to get to the top of the pass. This village was the base camp for British troops during the Anglo Zulu War and now contains a cemetary as a surreal reminder of the lives lost in the war.


Battle of Talana

The battle of Talana took place on the 20th October 1899. This was the first major battle between the British and the Boers. The museum is situated at this site and there are walk and talk tapes that are available with self guided tours.


Elandslaagte

This particular battle took place on the 21st of October in 1899. The hill is covered in memorials and there are also two cemeteries that reminds people of another battle that was fought between the British and the Boer.


Talana Museum

This museum and cultural centre is situated in a 20 acre heritage park on Talana hill which was the first battle site in the Anglo Boer War. This museum differs from the others as it is in a creative cluster that is in the process of being developed. The cultural centre allows you to visit the crafts people at work and it also contains a shop where you can buy these unique items.


 

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