Rorke’s Drift Lodge is tucked up against the Sinqindi Mountain on the battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal. This area has seen some of the most significant moments in South Africa’s history.
The lodge offers a tour of the battlefields affording you the opportunity to learn more about the battles of Rorke’s Drift, Isandlwana, Blood River or Talana. The Tour kicks off with breakfast on the Lodge’s deck overlooking the vast plains of Zululand before departing with your expert tour guide.
The Battle of Rorke’s Drift in was fought in January 1879 and was part of the Anglo-Zulu war. It was during this war that the British Forces suffered their most significant defeat in history against a native military force.
The Battle of Isandlwana was fought on 22 January 1879. Despite being armed primarily with cow hide shields and assegais against British army equipped with modern rifles, over 20 000 Zulus attacked a portion of the British invasion force. The Zulus won the day thanks to their discipline and bravery.
Battle of Blood River was fought on 16 December 1838 between the Zulus and the Voortrekker Boers. It was said that the clash was a over land rights in Natal and the massacre of Voortrekkers by the Zulu king Dingane.
The battle of Talana Hill, also known as the Battle of Glencoe started on 20 October 1899. It was the first significant clash of the Second Boer War. The British lost large numbers including their commanding general Sir William Penn Symons.
*All images are courtesy of Rorke’s Drift Lodge and Wikipedia.