Discover the History of the Boer & Zulu Wars of South Africa

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Want to understand the true story behind the iconic war movie Zulu? This tour takes you to the heart of South African military history from the Zulu War to the Boer War, seeing battlefields rich with British history; from Rorke’s Drift to Isandlwana as well as Ladysmith and Colenso. Here we discuss the battles, see the ground and understand what happened.

Accommodation

All hotels are of a minimum European 3-star standard and have a restaurant or bar on site or nearby.

Royal Country Inn, Dundee (nights 2-6)

Natal Spa Hot Springs and Leisure Resort in the Zululand (nights 7-8)

Mtonjaneni Lodge in Ulundi (nights 9-10)

Destinations
  • Johannesburg
  • Victoria
  • Africa
  • South Africa
Tour Types
  • History
Day - 1

Fly overnight from Heathrow to Johannesburg.

Dinner*



Day - 2

Morning arrival in Johannesburg where you will be met by your guide and transfered to the town of Dundee and the 4-star Royal Country Inn, our base for the next five nights.

Breakfast, Dinner



Days 3 & 4 Isandlwana & Rorke’s Drift

The next two days will be spent looking at the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. At Isandlwana we will see: the battlefield where 24,000 Zulu impis out-manoeuvred and wiped out almost an entire British Regiment (The 24th) in less than half an hour! This historic site of Isandlwana, KwaZulu-Natal marks the British colonial army’s biggest defeat; this was their first encounter with the warriors of the Zulu nation in 1879. The hundreds of whitewashed stone cairns scattered across the battlefield mark the graves of British troops. This was an embarrassing defeat for the British as the Zulus were armed with assegais and spears representing a technologically inferior force. The on-site museum contains all of the details and memorabilia of the battle. Rorke’s Drift is the site where 139 British soldiers, including injured men, held the re-supply depot against 4,500 Zulu warriors for 11.5 hours before managing to ward them off. Eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded for the valour displayed by the British in this battle.

Breakfast, Dinner



Day - 5 Dundee

Spend time today in and around Dundee seeing the excellent Talana Museum displaying the events of the Anglo-Boer War.

Breakfast, Dinner



Day - 6 Ladysmith & Colenso

We head west via Ladysmith and the Siege Museum to Colenso, one of the great battles of the Anglo-Boer War, and one of the three British defeats that made up Black Week. Make your way on foot to the summit of Spioenkop where your guide recreates the tragic battle between ‘Boer and Brit’ over nine days in January 1900.

Breakfast, Dinner



Day - 7 Voortrekkers

We leave Dundee and visit the monument dedicated to the ‘Voortrekkers’ who, vastly outnumbered, heroically defended themselves against a Zulu attack. Visit Lancaster Hill, scene of an engagement between the Lancaster Regiment and the Boers after the relief of Ladysmith. Continue to Natal Spa Hot Springs and Leisure Resort in the Zululand for two nights. Tonight we will have a barbecue (Braai) dinner.

Breakfast, Dinner



Day - 8 Hlobane

Re-live the route of the British forces at Hlobane by the Zulus where the British once again underestimated the enemy and paid a heavy price. However, the situation was quickly reversed by the British the next day, as we will hear when we visit Kambula.

Breakfast, Dinner



Day - 9 Zululand

Today we travel deep into the heart of Zululand seeing where the Prince Imperial of France was killed in a Zulu ambush. We continue to the famed valley of the Zulu Kings and to the Mtonjaneni Lodge in Ulundi for two nights. Mtonjaneni Lodge is a 3-star graded country-style lodge situated overlooking the Emakhosini Valley of the Kings. The lodge has an Anglo-Zulu Museum on the premises.

Breakfast, Dinner



Day - 10 Ulundi

We will see the battlefields and experience the history around Ulundi. July 4th 1879 was to be a significant date for the Zulu nation. The battle at Ulundi was to be short lived, not only was it to be the final battle for Chief Cetewayo and his warriors but was also the break up of the Zulu nation.

Breakfast, Dinner



Day -11

We travel to Durban to take an afternoon flight to Johannesburg and connect with the evening overnight South African Airways flight to London.

Dinner*



Day -12

Morning arrival at London Heathrow Airport.

Breakfast*





You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

Dates Price Single Availability
02-Nov-2019 for 12 Nights Visit Website

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