24 October 2016
This short tour is a treat for military history buffs, taking in the key battlefields in the confrontations between Voortrekkers, Zulus and British settlers. You'll be accompanied throughout by an expert guide, who will really bring the history of this region to life, and you'll also have the chance to admire South Africa's spectacular scenery along the way.
Your guide will collect you from your hotel early this morning and together you'll travel to the battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, scene of more battles than anywhere else in South Africa. Your expert guide will tell you about the Anglo-Zulu War battle of Isandlwana, in which 20,000 Zulu warriors wiped out almost an entire British regiment within two and a half hours. You'll continue to Fugitive's Drift, where the graves of Lieutenants Nevill Coghill, Teignmouth Melvill and others lie on the hillside overlooking the Mzinyathi (Buffalo) River. You'll also visit Rorke's Drift, where British soldiers, outnumbered 35 to one, fought off 4,000 Zulus for 12 hours. This battle saw 11 Victoria Crosses awarded – the highest number ever awarded to a regiment in a single action.
After breakfast this morning you'll head for the summit of Spioenkop Mountain, where your guide will bring to life the nine-day Anglo-Boer battle which took place here in January 1900 – the third and bloodiest attempt by the British to relieve Ladysmith. Witnesses to this battle include Louis Botha (the first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa), Winston Churchill and Mohandas Ghandi. After a visit to the site of the armoured train incident, where Churchill was among those captured, you will enjoy lunch before continuing to Durban, where the tour ends in the late afternoon.
Standard fr £388pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated