A Brief Introduction to the Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal
Witness to decisive events in the annals of three imperious, yet vastly disparate nations, our Kingdom of the Zulu's easily accessible Battlefields exude power and unmistakable presence...infusing the visitor with an inescapable sense of momentous occasion.
It was among the picturesque hills and rock formations of this sweeping landscape that fearless, spear-wielding footsoldiers of the all-conquering Zulu kings first encountered the rampant British Empire's sophisticated fire- power... and where each faced the unfamiliar guerilla-warfare tactics of the Boer - descendants of the west European settlers who five generations earlier had claimed divine right to this 'Promised Land'.
Rorkes Drift Museum the site of the hospital where the famous battle took place.
Prophetically, the Zulu also believed the bountiful terrain between fabled Drakensberg Mountains and golden Indian Ocean beaches to be their own 'Heaven on Earth'.Seventy years of bitter and merciless head-on confrontation proved as pivotal to South Africa's geo-political evolution as the wars that forged modern Europe and established the freedom, identity and boundaries of North America.
Perhaps the most influential British leader of all time first came to public attention amid the heat of battle on KwaZulu-Natal soil... while ambush dealt a fatal blow to the continuation of an historic west European dynasty.
One of the two Howtizers that served Ladysmith with distinction during the 118 day, siege stands proudly in front of the Ladysmith Town Hall.
- A Brief Introduction to the Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal
- The History of the KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields: Leopard-Skin, Khaki and Redcoat
- Some of the most important KwaZulu-Natal Battlefield sites
- The Battle of Isandlwana
- The Battle of Rorke's Drift
- The Battle of Spionkop (Spioenkop)
- Helpful Hints to Remember When Visiting Battlefields