Battlefields

The battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal attract thousands of visitors a year to the picturesque midlands area. Situated in the rolling green hills and valleys of the province’s interior, the fields have seen battles led by such military luminaries Shaka, Winston Churchill and Louis Botha to name but a few, and have been instrumental in shaping the South Africa we know today.

Knowledgeable guides accompanying you will provide fascinating insight into the various wars background, the strategies used and the ultimate costs of battle in the aftermath of the bloodshed. Contrary to it’s violent history, these days the area enjoys peaceful prosperity and is home to several historic towns, national monuments and museums.

When you’ve had your fill on all things war-related, why not enjoy some great water-rafting down the mighty Thukela river or do a spot of sailing on the Chelmsford Dam? The area is an outdoor playground with many hikes, trails and drives to soak up the beautiful natural surroundings.

Foodies will delight in the gastronomic offerings of the Midlands, where several top class eateries serve a variety of delicious fare. Nottingham Road is well worth a visit for this reason, and you’ll also be able to buy all sorts of preserves and treats for the ride home.

Just a short drive from Durban and the Drakensberg Mountain Range, the battlefields provide fascinating insight into how three vitally important communities – the British, The Afrikaaners and the Zulus – shaped our Rainbow Nation’s history.

 

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Isibindi Zulu Lodge

Isibindi Zulu Lodge

Isibindi Zulu Lodge is set within 400 acres of eco-reserve, offering not only game viewing, but a uniquely African experience amongst the Zulu people. Isibindi is steeped in history, considering its proximity to the Anglo-Zulu battlefields, where the British army and the Zulu fought an epic historical battle. Morning and evening game drives offer sightings of indigenous game, such as zebra, giraffe and wildebeest, including hundreds of bird species. After an evening game drive, little could feel better than a gin and tonic, a plunge in the pool and a feast waiting to be devoured under the Zulu Boma, complete with traditional music and dancing.

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Fugitives’ Drift Lodge

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Fugitives Drift Lodge stands on a magnificent 5000 acre Natural Heritage Site that overlooks the historic Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana. Luxury cottages at either the Guest House or the Lodge provide spacious accommodation that will transport you back in time, each having a private verandah that overlooks the African plains. The Rorke’s Drift region in Kwa-Zulu Natal is known for its rich heritage, and experienced guides who are well versed in the art of storytelling will captivate you as they walk you through the legendary battlefields

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