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The Battlefields

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In 1878, the increasing strength of King Cetshwayo was perceived to be a threat to the power held by the British government, so an ultimatum was issued to the Zulu nation to disband their army and swear allegiance to Queen Victoria. This was never going to be accepted and the infamous Anglo/Zulu war began with ensuing disaster for the British forces having grossly underestimated the strength and will of the Zulus.

The legendary historian and raconteur David Rattray, was a pioneer of Heritage Tourism; recreating the drama, horror and emotion of the Anglo/Zulu battles of Isandlwana & Rorke’s Drift through the spoken word. Today, since David's sad passing, the passion and enthusiasm continues through the Rattray family and the new generation of guides who will ensure this time in history will never be forgotten.

Whilst across in the old Transvaal region many of the Anglo/Boer battles took place, KwaZulu-Natal was the location of the famous bloody battle for Spioenkop, a hilltop seen as a strategically crucial vantage point on which to advance on the strong-hold of Ladysmith. Once again, guided tours will bring to life how key errors in planning and communication proved fatal for so many.

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Fugitives' Drift Guest House

Fugitives’ Drift is world famous for its battlefield tours, led by knowledgeable and highly-qualified lecturers, steeped in the history of the region and telling the tale as they were taught to...

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Fugitives' Drift Lodge

Fugitives’ Drift is world famous for its battlefield tours, led by knowledgeable and highly-qualified lecturers, steeped in the history of the region and telling the tale as they were taught...

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Isandlwana Lodge

Isandlwana Lodge is carved into the iNyoni rock overlooking Mount Isandlwana, the site of the historic Anglo-Zulu war battle which took place on the 22nd of January, 1879. Accommodation...

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Three Tree Hill Lodge

Three Tree Hill Lodge overlooks the secluded Mfazimnyama Valley of the Spioenkop Game Reserve against the backdrop of the Drakensberg mountains. The lodge consists of 6 standard luxury twin...

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