NATAL BATTLEFIELDS TOUR – 3 DAYS (Starts from and ends in Durban)(CODE: SCDF3)

DAY 1  Durban – Pietermaritzburg – Spionkop – Ladysmith – Dundee

We travel westwards to Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal, for a brief city tour. Stop at the railway station where Mahatma Gandhi was thrown off the train because of the colour of his skin, and see the waiting room, where in the silence of the night he formulated his philosophy of passive resistance. Visit the Church of the Vow that was built as a result of the Battle of Blood River between the Voortrekkers and the Zulus in 1838. Then onwards to the hills where the Battle of Spioenkop took place. Here, famous personalities like Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi and General Louis Botha, were active in different capacities.  Standing on the battlefield, the terrible incident unfolds again. At Ladysmith we visit the Siege Museum for an insight into the siege of Ladysmith and stories of suffering and heroism. Our overnight stop is outside Dundee after a quick visit to Talana Battlefield – the first battle of the Anglo-Boer War. Overnight At the Battlefields Lodge.

DAY 2  Rorke’s Drift – Isandlwana – Blood River

This morning we cover the famous and awe inspiring battlefields of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana. The next battlefield we visit is at the battle of Blood River where a life-size bronze model of the ‘Boer’ laager is an eerie reminder of what happened. It is also one of the only battlefields where you get a glimpse of both sides’ perspective. Return to your lodge.

DAY 3   Babanango – Ondini – Umgungundhlovu – Durban

Today we travel via Babanango to Ulundi to visit Chetswayo’s Kraal, Ondini, where the British army revenged the battle of Isandlwana. At our last stop, we get an insight into the clashes between the Voortrekkers and the Zulus.  We visit Umgungundlovu, the reconstructed home of Dingaan who was responsible for the massacre of the Voortrekker leader, Piet Retief, and many of his men. This, in turn, led to the Battle of Blood River in 1838. Here we visit the grave of Piet Retief.  We return to Durban via Melmoth and Eshowe and arrive early evening.

NATAL BATTLEFIELDS TOUR – 3 DAYS (Starts from and ends in Durban)(CODE: SCDF3)