Discover more about one of the most famous battles in the Anglo-Zulu War. As you step onto the battlefield of Isandlwana, you’ll witness the historic site where the British forces were defeated by the Zulus. Walk in the footsteps of these warriors and see the monuments which stand as a poignant reminder to the loss of life which shaped South African history.
During the drive from your lodge or guest house, you’ll hear the recorded words of the late David Rattray which will bring that fateful day on 22 January 1879 to life. Hear gripping tales of bravery and valour. You will also learn how this battle led to the famous skirmish at Rorke’s Drift.
On arrival at the battlefield, after a brief stop at the museum, enjoy a lecture from your guide. Hear the stories of the war and find out how the Zulu warriors and British soldiers first came into conflict. The rest of the morning can be spent freely wandering around the monuments which lie in the shadow of the majestic Isandlwana Mountains. The perfect picture opportunity can be found at the Gert Swart-designed memorial which honours the fallen heroes.
Additional notes about the tour
This is a morning activity which could mean an early start from your lodge or guest house. We recommend you wear walking boots or trainers along with layers of cotton clothes. Arrangements can be made for those less mobile to explore the battlefield. The tour is open to children over the age of 12. There is also a shorter and more-interactive tour designed for younger children which includes a game walk.