REDISCOVER

THE BATTLEFIELDS

With 82 battlefields, museums, old fortifications and places of remembrance the Route boasts the largest concentration of significant Battles and war related sites than anywhere in South Africa.

Most trips start and end in Durban, the Capital of Kwa Zulu Natal.  With new direct flights from London on British Airways, this region of South Africa has suddenly become even more accessible.  In all honesty though, Durban itself is probably better avoided, but the northern coast is stunning.  Our guests love the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks and the Fairmont Zimbali Resort, all easily reached from King Shaka International Airport.

It is difficult to imagine that the scenic and tranquil landscape of central and northern KwaZulu-Natal was once the focal point of major military engagements, where Zulu, Boer and British forces clashed in bloody conflicts that shaped the course of South Africa and rocked the pedestal of the British Empire.

This green and pleasant region boasts the largest concentration of battlefields in the southern hemisphere, where over a period of some 70 years, one historical drama after another unfolded against the backdrop of the African veld, sweeping grasslands and the majestic mountains of the Drakensberg range.

Highlights

  • Stay overlooking Isandlwana which saw the British Empire receive a shattering Zulu blow

  • Discover the Battle of Rorke's Drift where just 150 Brits heroically repelled a 4,000-strong Zulu army
  • At Blood River, fewer than 600 Boors avenged the murder of their leader by somehow defeating 12,000 Zulus.

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Where to Stay

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Ocean Terrace Restaurant
Ocean Terrace Restaurant

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Classic Garden Facing Room
Classic Garden Facing Room

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Superior Garden Villa
Superior Garden Villa

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Ocean Terrace Restaurant

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THE OYSTER BOX

Umhlanga Rocks

Centrally Located

Stunning Hotel overlooking the ocean

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The Lodge room
The Lodge room

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Umzinyathi (Farmhouse) Room
Umzinyathi (Farmhouse) Room

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Lodge Shot exterior

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The Lodge room

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FUGITIVES DRIFT LODGE

Battlefields

Rural Location

Their tours are world famous

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Golf sample

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Spa sample

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Deluxe 1 bedroom suite
Deluxe 1 bedroom suite

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Golf sample

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FAIRMONT ZIMBALI

North Coast

Just outside town

Award Winning Golf Course

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View sample on tour

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Aloe Cottage
Aloe Cottage

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View from in Hotel

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View sample on tour

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SPIONKOP LODGE

Battlefields

Rural Location

Great for exploring Battlefields & Mountains

Isandlwana Slate
Isandlwana Slate

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Food sample

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Main Lodge
Main Lodge

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Isandlwana Slate

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ISANDLWANA LODGE

Battlefields

Rural Location

Stunning views over the Battlefield

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Surroundings sample 1

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Elephant Lodge - Deluxe Room
Elephant Lodge - Deluxe Room

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Tented Camp - Family
Tented Camp - Family

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Surroundings sample 1

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THULA THULA GAME RESERVE

Zululand

2 hours drive from Durban

Famous for their elephant herd

Tour Ideas to get you thinking!

CLASSIC

SOUTH AFRICA

8 DAYS

LUXURY CAPE TOWN & ROYAL MALEWANE

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