Natal Battlefields

The Natal Battlefields of KwaZulu Natal is the collective name for an area of rural cattle country that witnessed an enduring story of courage and self-sacrifice, bloodshed and tragedy.


The Natal Battlefields are a beautiful yet eerie place. The name is a collective referring to an area of rural cattle country in KwaZulu Natal. Here, many of the epic Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer battles of the 19th century were fought. This is an enduring story of courage and self-sacrifice, bloodshed, and tragedy.

To give you a unique perspective on the Natal Battlefields’ passionate history, we recommend a two or three-night stay in the area.  You may enjoy fascinating guided tours to sites such as Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. You’ll get very little from just visiting the sites independently as it is through the telling of the stories that the battles come alive. The battlefield guides are consummate storytellers!  Older children of around 10 years and upwards may be equally captivated by the tours and several lodges in the region are family-friendly.

There is however more to this area than Zulu battlefields. Some of the lodges offer guided horse trails and guided hiking. Furthermore, we can arrange an excellent guide to take you on an exploration of a traditional Zulu village. Staying at lodges close to the Drakensberg will allow you to visit the Drakensberg amphitheater and others offer game-viewing.


Why you may love it

  • Guide horse trails and guided hiking on offer.
  • Guided Battlefields tours to Isandlwana and Rorkes's Drift.
  • Family-friendly lodges.

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Did you know
  • Bravery11 Victoria Crosses awarded to soldiers at Rorke's Drift
  • HistoryOver 80 years, several wars raged between the Zulus, Afrikaners & British