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South Africa: Zulu Battlefields (Rorkes Drift & Isandlwana) + Boer War (Spion Kop)

Zulu & Boer Battlefields + Nambiti Safari + Cape - Private Guide
SPD12D
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,990
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
South Africa Zulu Battlefields Rorkes Drift Isandlwana Boer War Spion Kop

Explore the battlefields in depth on this privately guided South Africa tour, visiting the famous Zulu Battlefields at Rorkes Drift & Isandlwana with your own expert battlefields guide. Visit the Valley of the Kings & Blood River, as well as important Boer War sites at Spion Kop, Frere, Colenso & Ladysmith. Also enjoy a thrilling Big Five safari at Nambiti. This holiday can be tailor made to your exact requirements.

South Africa Zulu Battlefields Rorkes Drift Isandlwana Boer War Spion Kop
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Zulu Battlefields
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Valley of the Kings
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Blood River
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Isandlwana Tour
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Rorkes Drift Tour
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Boer War Battlefields
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Colenso, Ladysmith & Frere
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Spion Kop Tour
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Big Five Safari
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South Africa
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Zulu Battlefields
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Valley of the Kings
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Blood River
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Isandlwana Tour
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Rorkes Drift Tour
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Boer War Battlefields
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Colenso, Ladysmith & Frere
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Spion Kop Tour
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Big Five Safari
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South Africa
Day 1
You will be met at Durban Airport and transferred to the warm North Coast, renowned for its wonderful beaches and warm holiday weather.
  
Check into your hotel and relax on the shores of the warm Indian Ocean.
Day 2
After a background briefing, your guide will share with you the beauty of rural Zululand and brief you on its history, as you drive 5-hours to the remote battlefields at Isandlwana.
  
Our first stop is at the old white Fort Nongqayi near Eshowe, built by the British in 1883 to garrison a Zulu peace keeping force. Here there is an interesting museum.
 
We continue to the Zulu heartland of eMakhosini near Ulundi - the Valley of the Kings that was the birth place of King Shaka. The graves and royal capitals of seven Zulu Kings lie in this valley.
 
Afterwards we drive to our Zulu Battlefields lodge, following the Zulu army's line of advance to Isandlwana. Check in and enjoy dinner, whilst absorbing some of the fascinating history of this great conflict between Britain and the proud Zulu Kingdom.
Day 3
Today enjoy a full day exploring the poignant Zulu Battlefields.
 
After an updated briefing, your guide will recount the events leading up to the fateful battle of Isandlwana, where in 1879 the mighty British army suffered one of the most humiliating defeats in its history following the controversial invasion of Zululand. See for yourself the events portrayed so passionately in the film Zulu Dawn, as the regiment was wiped out almost to a man by 20,000 Zulu warriors.
 
After returning to your lodge for lunch, we visit the famous mission station at Rorkes Drift where later that day a handful of British soldiers (outnumbered 30-to-1) fought off over 4,000 Zulu warriors for almost 12 hours. This battle - unforgettably brought to life by Michael Caine in the film Zulu -  saw 11 Victoria Crosses awarded, which is more than in any other engagement in the history of the British Empire.
 
We continue to Fugitives Drift where two young officers attempted to carry the Queen's colour to safety, before returning to our lodge.
 
Recommended Reading:
The Day of the Dead Moon - David Rattray
Brave Men’s Blood – Ian Knight
Day 4
Today we travel to the remote battlefield at Blood River, where on 16 December 1838 the Afrikaaner Boer Voortrekkers won an historic battle over 10,000 Zulu warriors on the banks of the Ncome River, as they fought for the right to establish a homeland south of the Thukela River.
 
The fighting was so fierce, and the loss of life so great, that the waters of the river flowed red. This day is still celebrated as a bank holiday - but is now called the Day of Reconciliation.
 
After leaving Blood River we travel to the banks of the Itshotshozi River, where the Napoleonic dynasty came to an end when the Price Imperial, Louis Napoleon, was killed by the Zulus on 1 June 1879.
Day 5
Today transfer 3-hour through rural Zululand to the malaria-free Nambiti Game Reserve.
 
We travel through Dundee, where we visit the small Talana Hill museum. The first major clash of the second Anglo Boer War (or South African War as it is now known) of 1899 took place here, with khaki worn for the first time. This war started shortly after the conquest of Zululand, as the British Empire turned its attentions to the lucrative Transvaal goldfields.
 
Afterwards we continue to your Big Five safari lodge, where you will be dropped off by your guide. Check in and enjoy a thrilling afternoon open-top game drive with a lodge ranger.
Day 6
Rise early when game viewing conditions are at their best, for an open-top game drive with a lodge ranger in Nambiti Game Reserve.
 
With a mixed vegetation of savanna grasslands, indigenous trees and bushveld, this wildlife conservation area is home to all the Big Five, as well as offering an ideal habitat for a large variety of plains game and abundant bird life. Although leopard are rarely seen, this reserve offers excellent opportunities to spot the endangered cheetah. Return to the lodge for lunch and some relaxation, before returning to the bushveld in the late afternoon for another exciting game drive.
 
Note: Children < 2 years are not allowed on open top game drives, with higher age limits applicable at certain lodges.
Day 7
After a final morning game drive in Nambiti Game Reserve, you will be collected by your battlefields guide and driven 2-hours to the small town of Ladysmith, that was besieged during the Anglo Boer War of 1899 (or South African War as it is now known).
 
Here we visit the small Siege Museum (open on weekdays & Saturday mornings). On Christmas Day 1899, the Boers fired into the town a carrier shell without a fuse containing a Christmas pudding, two Union Flags and the message "Compliments of the Season". This shell is still kept in the museum. We can also visit the small All Saints Garrison Church.
 
Afterwards we continue to our lodge situated near Spion Kop, with distant views of the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains.
 
Recommended Reading:
Boer War – Thomas Pakenham
Day 8
This morning enjoy a guided tour to the Spion Kop Battlefield.
 
We drive through stunning scenery to the place where one of the bloodiest battles of the South African War (Anglo Boer War) of 1900 took place in efforts to relieve Ladysmith, which was besieged for 118 days. Visit the mass graves atop Spion Kop hill and see for yourself how poor military decisions affected the outcome of this battle.
 
Incredibly three future world leaders were in the area at the time this battle took place - Winston Churchill as a young newspaper correspondent, the future Mahatma Gandhi as a stretcher bearer, and Louis Botha as the Boer general who would go on to become the first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa.
 
Recommended Reading:
Boer War – Thomas Pakenham
Day 9
Transfer 3-hours to Durban Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Cape Town Airport and transferred to your hotel in this beautiful city, within sight of Table Mountain.
 
Check in and relax in your magnificent surroundings.
Day 10
Today is free for independent sightseeing in Cape Town.
 
To orientate yourself, we suggest you purchase a pass onboard the convenient Red Route Hop-Off Bus, which stops at all Cape Town’s key sights and attractions, including the Table Mountain cable car (discounted tickets are sold on the bus). Here you can ascend and enjoy one of the world's most famous views.
 
Continue to trendy Camps Bay beach and the many attractions of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (pay all entrance fees locally).
 
Note: Don't let the colour of the bus confuse you. All buses are red, but they run two different routes - the Red City Route and the Blue Kirstenbosch Route.
Day 11
Today we recommend an optional full day shared tour to the beautiful Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, where you may see baboons, ostrich and perhaps even dolphins or whales in season (July/November).
  
Your tour travels through Hout Bay and along spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive to the Cape Point peninsula, returning via Simons Town, Fish Hoek, Constantia and Kirstenbosch Gardens. This is a scenic tour of the whole Cape Peninsula, with the optional opportunity of visiting the penguin colony at Boulders Beach.
Day 12
Today we recommend an optional full day shared tour to the renowned Stellenbosch Winelands, travelling through the scenic Franschhoek Valley where a handful of French Huguenot refugees started South Africa’s now famous wine industry.
 
Explore the historic university town of Stellenbosch and several wine estates on this famous wine route, which stretched from Paarl through to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Enjoy a cellar tour and some wine tasting, before returning to Cape Town in the late afternoon.
Day 13
Transfer to Cape Town Airport for your flight home.