Aside from our flagship tours to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, we do offer various tours to other battlefields in the greater area.
Kindly note that these additional tours are subjected to the availability of a guide, and do need to be booked in advance.
We also have numerous trails around our 5000 acre game reserve, offering our guests the options of doing guided or unguided nature walks. These do not need to be booked in advance.
If you are a keen walker, it is possible to spend a morning doing the Fugitives’ Trail from Isandlwana back to Fugitives’ Drift Lodge. This guided walk is roughly 5 miles and, depending on the state of the Buffalo River, may involve some swimming. The walk traverses some rough terrain, so should only be undertaken by those who are relatively fit. The Fugitives’ Trail walk is an excellent addition to the two flagship tours.
Another exciting excursion is to Blood River. This is where a battle was fought between the Boers and the Zulus on the 16th December (now a public holiday in South Africa), 1838. This trip is well worth the drive: 64 life-sized solid bronze wagons now sit on the site of the battle and are quite remarkable.
Another place that brings the course of the bitter Zulu War of 1879 to mind is the place where Eugène Louis Joseph Napoleon Bonaparte, Prince Imperial of France and the last remaining Bonaparte, was killed by the Zulus on 1 June, 1879. A monument marks the site amongst the hills on the course of the Itshotshozi River. This trip can be added on to the Blood River tour.
Another possible trip is to the beautiful Mangeni Falls, where Lord Chelmsford found himself during the battle of Isandlwana. This is an incredibly scenic tour; one can take in some of the remarkable geography surrounding Isandlwana.
We also offer a trip to Masondo, which is a short drive and then a walk away, to see where the Zulu Army crossed the Buffalo River in their way back to attack Rorke’s Drift.
The battle of Hlobane is unique in British history as it was one of the earliest battles where the British force was entirely mounted. This ill-fated expedition was to drive the AbaQulusi of the Zulus off their magnificent mountain stronghold. The ensuing action left at least two hundred men on the British side dead, while the number of Zulus who lost their lives will sadly never be known. The tour to Hlobane entails a drive through some of the most beautiful areas of Zululand. The tour to Hlobane is a full day tour.
The battle of Kambula was fought on the 29th of March 1879. A 20 000 strong force of Zulu warriors attacked a fortified British army of 2000 men. The ensuing battle lasted for three desperate hours and saw the Zulus breaching the British laager, causing some anxious moments for the hard-pressed defenders. The British finally prevailed and would pressure the retiring Zulus for the remainder of the day. The tide of the Zulu war had turned, and at least 2000 Zulu warriors had lost their lives. In the aftermath of Kambula one Victoria Cross and two Distinguished Conduct medals were awarded. The tour to Kambula is a full day tour.
Although we recommend doing these tours on separate days, so as to really do the battlefields justice, the tours may be combined and done together in one day
Both of these tours are subject to the availability of a guide, and must be booked in advance.