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What to see in Battlefields

Battlefields Attractions


The Battlefields Route covers 14 historical towns, including Ladysmith and Dundee, numerous national monuments and informative museums, and over 50 battlefields in the surrounding countryside, which are best explored as a self-drive adventure or as part of a tour. If you are a confident driver self-driving is probably best as you can take your time and divert off the route to see lesser known attractions. Zululand is a beautiful area and the scenic splendour of some of the battle sites, many of which now seem to be in the middle of nowhere, is poignant. Many of the battles that took place outside of towns and settlements are now marked only by graves among the long grass and rolling hills. At some sites there are museums and memorials, but at others visitors will need to use some imagination to recreate past events. Every town on the route has a story to tell or an event to commemorate and tourism offices throughout the region provide maps and guides to assist visitors in making the most of the history, culture, scenery and wildlife. Exploring this region is a must for military history buffs on holiday in South Africa, and even those not generally interested in such things can't fail to be moved by the stories of courage and brutality and by the lovely landscapes.


Blood River/Ncome Heritage Site

Following a long period of conflict and mistrust including the treacherous murder of Piet Retief and his companions at…

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Isandlwana Hill

The battle at Isandlwana Hill on 22 January 1879 stunned the British Empire in what was to be the worst defeat in the…

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Ladysmith Siege Museum

During the Anglo-Boer War, Ladysmith was besieged for 118 days, between 2 November 1899 and 28 February 1900, during…

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Rorke's Drift

Fought on the same day as the nearby battle at Isandlwana Hill, the Battle of Rorke's Drift is remembered as one of the…

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