The Battlefields Tour
The end of the 18th century was a tumultuous time in South Africa. For the British Empire, it signified a time of territorial growth; for the Boer Republics a time of unease and for the mighty Zulu Nation, pivotal to their decline.
This tour focuses primarily on the First and Second Zulu Wars around 1879 in an area that incorporates some of the most significant battlegrounds of what is today known as the Zulu War - reflecting a series of battles between the British and Zulu forces that have become synonymous with acts of courage, determination and ultimate defeat.
Our tour will include detailed and specialised, chronological visits to among others the battlefields of Isandlwana, Rorkes Drift, Hlobane and Ulundi. Each site offers a unique perspective on battles that changed the face of southern Africa and perhaps even modern military history. We follow the footsteps of some fascinating and controversial leaders of the time, taking time to understand the causes of the conflict and the lasting consequences of decisions that were made by key figures of the period.
We will also visit other sites related to the war including the memorial to the Prince Imperial - the son of Emperor Napoleon III at Dundee, and to the Boer site at Blood River where a decisive battle was fought against the Zulu army much earlier in 1838, but which set the tone for the Zulu War and had consequences which are still felt today.
The Battlefields have become a 'must see' for generations of South Africans, British and Zulu's alike. They represent the very best - and worst, of the age and perhaps symbolise the futility of conquest more than any other site in the country.
Average Daily Distance
This route includes sections of good gravel or packed sand.
We meet at our base and head-out towards Heidelberg before heading through Balfour, Standerton and on to the town of Volksrust. Here we will spend some time visiting the battlefields at Majuba and Laings Nek before we travel on.to Dundee via Newcastle.
Day two will see us exploring the battlefields of Isandlwana and the hamlet of Rorkes Drift and the crossing at Fugitives Drift. We will have time to walk the two sites under the guidance of experts as we get to share their insights into the Zulu War of 1879.
After an early breakfast, we leave the area and head back towards Dundee and on to Vryheid, visiting the memorial at Blood River and the Prince Imperial memorial along the way. We will overnight in Vryheid, a town central to the history of this region.
Day Four sees us travel South once again, as we explore the battlefield at Hlobane and then travel via Nongoma to Ulundi - the site of the final Zulu defeat and the last capital of the Zulu nation. We overnight again in Vryheid
We start the return leg of the tour today - heading from Vryheid via Paulpietersburg and Luneburg - our last Anglo Zulu War site, to Wakkerstroom where we will stop for lunch. From Wakkerstroom, we travel via Volksrust and Standerton back to Pretoria through the southern Free State and Gauteng.
7 September 2019
What can you expect?
This tour provides an opportunity to experience the full horror and futility of the Zulu War. It will provide you with specialist insight into the decisive battles of the war and a greater understanding of how this war - perhaps more than any before, changed the British Empire and the face of modern warfare.
What is included?
Four nights accommodation in 4-5 Star (or equivalent) accommodation
All breakfasts and dinners
Bike hire (excl deposit)
Specialist guides at major sites
Comprehensive Route Guide with all relevant route information
Personalised post-tour photobook
From £1 900.00 or $2 650.00
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