A beautiful province offering the diversity of berg and battlefields – as well as beaches!
The Drakensberg (u Khahlamba)
The Drakensberg – also known as the Barrier of Spears because of its rugged terrain and beauty.
- Spectacular mountain range spanning three provinces – part of it a World Heritage Site
- Enjoy leisurely, peaceful hikes in the mountains
- Listen to the world famous Drakensberg Boys Choir
- Marvel at the stunning rock art created left by the San, so many years ago
- Explore the foothills of the “Berg”
KwaZulu Natal is famous for the epic battles which took place between Zulu and Zulu, Brit and Zulu, Zulu and Boer and the British and Boer.
- Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift – famous for the epic encounters between the Zulu army and the British army during the Anglo Zulu War
- Blood River - scene of the epic battle between the Zulus and Voortrekkers
- Ulundi - site of the deciding battle between British and Zulu
- Siege of Ladysmith – approximate 4 month siege of the British in Ladysmith by the Boers in 1899
- Battle of Kambula in 1899
- Battle of Spionkop
There have been many other battles in our country’s history – involving four main participants – the Xhosa, the Zulu, the British and the Boers. Some of these make for fascinating reading!
At the battle of Isandlwana some 1300 British soldiers lost their lives when their poorly defended position was attacked by some 20,000 Zulu warriors – said to be one of Britain’s worst defeats in history. This battle took place around midday on the 22nd January 1879. British survivors of the battle made their way to Rorke’s Drift a few miles away. Rorke’s Drift itself was attacked later that same afternoon and throughout that night by between 4,000 and 5,000 Zulu warriors. During this heroic encounter no less than 11 Victoria Crosses were earned by some of the 120 odd British defenders!
If you are interested in British history in South Africa, do not miss a visit to these two Battlefields. I have been to both, and standing on the Isandlwana site, was one of the eeriest experiences of my life! Most of the British soldiers were in or just out of their teens – a terrifying and horrific experience.
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