Touring the Unique Battlefields of the Anglo-Zulu War with a private guide
The names of Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift still resound clearly to this day. It's at these sites that turning points in history were created, not only for the Zulu nation, but for the English and French nations as well.
On the 22nd of January 1879 the modern, well armed British forces encamped on the slopes of a remote hill called Isandlwana were detroyed in 90min by an idigenous people, the Zulu's armed with nothing but spears.
On that very same day, hours later, 150 British soldiers at a outpost in rural Zululand despreatly fought for their lives at a crossing point known as Rorkes Drift.
Explore their stories that were brought to life inthe films "Zulu" and "Zulu Dawn" on this full day battlefiels tour.
You'll be collected from your hotel or B&B at 6:30am for the start of the tour. On our way to the battlefields (4 hour drive) your guide will chat to you about the war, the causes and of the effects. Your guide will also chat to you about the Zulu people, their culture and customs.
Our first stop is at Isandlwana. Here we'll go into details regarding the events of the day. Camping chairs will be available, as will some snacks.
After the tour at Isandlwana, we'll enjoy lunch at one of the lodges or hotels nearby.
We'll travel to Rorkes Drift after lunch, where we'll again be led through the events of the day, and will have an opportunity to explore the nearby museum.
After the tour, we return to Durban, arriving at approximately 7pm.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: You'll be picked up from your hotel or B&B anywhere in the Durban or surrounding areas.
End location: We will drop clients off at their hotel or B&B anywhere in the Durban or surrounding areas.
Duration: 12 hours
This tour starts off early at 6am and expect to finish at about 6pm. Factors affecting the duration include weather and traffic.
We will make use of an air-conditioned 9 seater Toyota Quantum vehicle. For larger groups will would utilize a 27 seater air-conditioned vehicle.
Entry onto the battlefield sites of Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift is included.
Transfer to and from your accommodation in an air-conditioned sedan or larger vehicle as per group size.
Picnic lunch at the Rorkes Drift site.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
250 South African Rand - In these rural areas credit card machines are often unreliable and may be down, so carrying a small amount of cash is recommended is wanting to purchase curios.
Please note that items of a personal nature (ie curios) are not included. Although soft drinks are included at lunch, drinks of an alcoholic nature are not included and are for the travelers account.
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An excellent day trip to visit the battlefields of Isandlwana & Rorkes' Drift. Shelldon is extremely knowledgeable regarding the subjects of Zulu history, the Anglo-Zulu war and the battles that are the subject of this tour. I have read about the battles but through visiting the actual sites of the conflict and through Shelldons' vivid description, I was finally able to see the events clearly and understand how the massacre at Isandlwana occurred and the defense at Rorke's drift plated out.