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.

Tours of the Natal Battlefields

To give you a unique perspective on the Natal Battlefields’ passionate history, we recommend a two or three night stay in the area. Some of the Battlefields’ lodges include Three Trees and Fugitives Drift. 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 story-tellers!

Older children of around 10 years and upwards may be equally captivated. The aforementioned lodges Fugitives Drift and Three Trees are family-friendly.

Other Activities in the Natal Battlefields region

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. Three Trees at Spioenkop lie close to the Drakensberg and so you can use that as your base to visit the Drakensberg amphitheatre. Others such as Nambiti Hills offers game-viewing.

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