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South Africa: Anglo-Boer and Zulu Battlefields

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

  • A group of people Small Group 20 or less
  • A car with a tick VIP door to door
  • A glass of wine All Inclusive

Tour the homeland of the Zulu nation

Embark on a circular tour through the province of KwaZulu-Natal, a region known for its mountainous landscapes, wildlife reserves and the indigenous Zulu people. This all-inclusive holiday combines South African military history with wildlife-spotting opportunities, and showcases the traditions and culture of one of the largest African tribe.

Unravel the events of the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer wars, with visits to the battlefields of Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift and Spion Kop, spot the Big 5 on four safari drives, and head into the Drakensburg mountains to see rehabilitated birds of prey.

Including...

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed9 nights in hotels and 2 in flight

Dinner plate28 meals: 9 breakfasts (B), 10 lunches (L) and 9 dinners (D)

CocktailFree bar serving local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, open 5pm-10pm daily

PersonSaga tour manager

Plus...

  • Return flights and transfers
  • Local expert guides
  • Welcome drink
  • Porterage at all hotels

MapExcursions and visits

  • Four 4x4 game drives
  • Zulu cultural village visit
  • Isandlwana battlefields
  • Rorke’s Drift battlefields
  • Talana Museum visit
  • Ladysmith orientation tour
  • Ladysmith Siege Museum visit
  • Spion Kop battlefields
  • Falcon Ridge Raptor Centre
  • Sunset cruise
  • Capture site of Nelson Mandela

HeadphonesUse of audio headsets on guided tours.

The Anglo-Boer War

Also known as the Second Boer War, the war was fought from 1899 to 1902, between the British Empire and two independent Boer (Afrikaner) states. Triggered by the discovery of gold in the Boer States, the war saw three main periods: initial Boer success due to unprepared British military, then a British resurgence, followed by a period of guerilla tactics from the Boers before their eventual defeat. Nearly 100,000 lives were lost and the war remains the most destructive modern armed conflict in South Africa’s history.

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Day 1 UK-Johannesburg

After taking your VIP door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly overnight to Johannesburg.


Day 2 Johannesburg-Hluhluwe

Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Game Reserve

Arrive in Johannesburg this morning, and take an internal flight to Durban (one hour). Continue by road to Hluhluwe (174 miles, four hours), stopping en route for a light lunch.

Stay three nights at the 3-star ANEW Hluhluwe Hotel (3Q), conveniently located for exploring Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. Facilities at the hotel include an outdoor swimming pool, boma, manicured gardens, and a free bar from 5pm-10pm. Spend the afternoon at leisure, with a welcome reception this evening complete with Zulu dancing. L, D


Day 3 Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Rhinos in Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve in South Africa

Head out on a 4x4 game drive before breakfast. Early morning is the best time to spot wildlife as the animals are at their most active. Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in South Africa, and is home to the Big 5 game animals, including populations of both white and black rhino.

Return to the hotel for a late breakfast, and spend the morning at leisure, before heading out on a second game drive this afternoon. B, L, D


Day 4 Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park in South Africa

Continue your search for wildlife on early morning and afternoon game drives.

The park is home to many species, including giraffe, and herds of buffalo, zebra and antelope. Your experienced driver will offer insight into the different habitats of the park and animal behaviour seen on the safari.

This evening, experience a traditional Zulu dinner under the fever trees. B, L, D


Day 5 Hluhluwe-Dundee

Traditional Zulu culture

Journey to Dundee by road (225 miles, five hours), visiting a Zulu cultural village en route.

Experience traditional Zulu hospitality, enjoy an authentic lunch, meet a herbalist or witch doctor, and learn the customs of the Zulu nation including beer-brewing and bread making.

Continue through towns and villages to the 3-star Battlefields Country Lodge and Sports Resort (2Q) where you’ll stay for three nights. The hotel is a popular venue for events, with an outdoor swimming pool, lounge and free Wi-Fi. Zebra, ostrich and springbok can be spotted in the surrounding countryside. A free bar is included from 5pm-10pm. B, L, D


Day 6 Isandlwana Battlefields

Isandlwana

Today’s morning excursion visits Isandlwana, the isolated site of the Battle of Isandlwana.

It was here that British troops suffered a devastating defeat to Zulu warriors in 1879, marking the first major encounter of the Anglo-Zulu War. The war, fought between the British Empire and the Zulu nation, continued for five months, and several bloody battles followed before the British forces were victorious. Explore the battlefields with narrative from a local guide.

Return to the hotel for lunch and and afternoon at leisure. B, L, D


Day 7 Rorke’s Battlefields

Zulu monument at Rorke's Drift

Visit the battlefields of Rorke’s Drift, the site of another Anglo-Zulu battle.

Taking place in 1897, the Battle of Rorke’s Drift saw a small British garrison of approximately 150 troops, some of whom were sick and wounded, successfully defended the mission station against an attack from a considerable force of Zulu warriors. Eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded to the defenders, and the events of Rorke’s Drift have since been immortalised in the 1964 epic war film, Zulu. Included in today’s tour is a visit to the Talana Museum and Heritage Park, which is housed on the site of first battle of the Anglo-Boer War.

Return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. B, L, D


Day 8 Dundee-Ladysmith-Winterton

Small town of Ladysmith in the Western Cape of South Africa

Travel by road to Ladysmith (45 miles, one hour), for an orientation tour. The city was founded in 1850, and named after the wife of Sir Harry Smith, the then governor of Cape Colony. In 1899, Ladysmith spent 118 days under siege from the Boers, with British troops cut off from supplies. The eventual British resistance marked a major turning point in the Anglo-Boer War. Visit the Ladysmith Siege Museum, regarded internationally as one of the best Anglo-Boer War museums.

Continue to Winterton (20 miles, 30 minutes). Stay three nights at the 4-star Spion Kop Lodge (3Q), conveniently located for exploring the Anglo-Boer battlefields and the Drakensberg mountain range. The converted farm hotel is set in 700 acres of land and has a free bar from 5pm-10pm and an outdoor swimming pool. Rooms may be in either the main lodge or the adjoining cottage. Enjoy lunch on arrival and the afternoon is free to relax. B, L, D


Day 9 Spion Kop Battlefields

Nearby Ladysmith, Western Cape

This morning, visit the battlefields of Spion Kop, the site of a military engagement between the Boer and British armies in 1900.

Fighting on a hilltop to relieve the nearby besieged city of Ladysmith, the bloodiest and most futile battle of the Anglo-Boer War saw some 1,200 British casualties. Tour the battlefield and learn how the battle shaped three future leaders: a young Winston Churchill working as a war correspondent, Mahatma Gandhi as a stretcher bearer and Louis Botha, the first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa.

Return to the lodge for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. B, L, D


Day 10 Central Drakensberg

Black eagle at a Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Centre in South Africa

Head into the Central Drakensberg mountains today, a region home to approximately 300 species of bird.

Visit the Falcon Ridge Bird of Prey Centre, who specialise in the rehabilitation of injured raptors, and provide an opportunity to see these magnificent birds up close with raptor-flying demonstrations and talks. Return to the lodge for lunch, then later take a sunset cruise in the Spionkop Dam Nature Reserve. White rhino, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest can be seen grazing on the 4,400 acres of thorn savannah here. B, L, D


Day 11 Ladysmith-Durban-UK

Howick Falls

After breakfast, transfer to Durban (165 miles, three hours). Pause en route at Howick Falls for a light lunch, and visit the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, where the activist was arrested after evading capture for 17 months.

Continue to the airport for your return overnight flight to the UK, or extend your holiday in Scottburgh. B, L


Day 12 UK

Arrive in the UK this morning and take your VIP door-to-door travel service home.


This tour is a fast-paced adventure and requires a high level of fitness and mobility. Battlefield excursions are exposed to the sun and involve walking over difficult terrain. A free bar is included in each hotel, open from 5pm-10pm and serving local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

South Africa: Anglo-Boer and Zulu Battlefields

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa