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The Battlefields

Why visit Zululand and the Battlefields?

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:

  • See Zulu villages, markets and ceremonies and visit the homes of Zulu people, learning about their heritage and culture.
  • Enjoy Zululand’s glorious scenery: forest, rolling hills, lagoons, mangrove swamps and stunning coastal areas.
  • Go on a game drive, or go birdwatching, hiking, sailing or white water rafting.
  • Take a guided tour of famous battlefields such as Isandlwana, Spioenkop and Rorke’s Drift, or visit one of the war cemeteries such as the British Military Cemetery at KwaMondi.
  • Learn more about the conflicts at museums such as the Ladysmith Siege Museum, the Talana Museum, and Fort Nongqayi.

When to visit?

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.

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Time: GMT +2 hours

Flight time:

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.



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