Blessed with great natural beauty and abundant wildlife, Zululand lies between the mighty Drakensberg mountains and the Indian Ocean. The KwaZulu-Natal battlefields saw many famous conflicts: civil wars between Zulus, battles between Zulus and Europeans, and the British and the Boers. There are many sites, forts, monuments and historic towns, all with tales to tell.
Reasons to visit Zululand and the Battlefields include:
The climate in this region is good all year-round. January, although usually the hottest month, is always popular, as it marks the anniversaries of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana battles.
Comfortable en-suite accommodation owned by the Rattray family, near Rorke's Drift in the Battlefields area.
Explore the historical Battlefields region of KwaZulu Natal, learn about Zulu culture and enjoy a range of outdoor activities.
A 6-suite lodge set on a high ridge with far reaching views, offering wildlife viewing, battlefield tours and hiking.
A lovely little lodge in the Drakensberg mountains. A great base for exploring the battlefields and the great outdoors.
Time: GMT +2 hours
There are daily flights from Europe to Johannesburg (about 10 ½ hours direct) and Cape Town (about 11 hours). There is also a good network of domestic flights connecting all main towns.
Language: English is South Africa's main administrative language and is widely spoken. There are also 11 official tribal languages.
Visas are not required for British passport holders.
No vaccinations are compulsory. Malaria is found in certain areas (mainly Kruger and the east coast towards Mozambique), but not throughout the country.