Experience the KZN Battlefields of South Africa


British soldiers at the Battle of Isandlwana

Go Back in Time to the KZN Battlefields

The stories behind some of South Africa’s most legendary battlefields start here.

Battlefields Lodge & Sports Resort is aptly named – we’re located in the heart of the historic Battlefields region, an area with the largest concentration of battlefields in South Africa.

With some of South Africa’s bloodiest battles fought right on our doorstep, the lodge is the perfect base from which to explore historical memorials and go on exciting battlefields tours led by expert guides.

Take yourself back in time to the frightening and utterly fascinating history that forged South Africa’s future.

Go Back in Time to the KZN Battlefields

The stories behind some of South Africa’s most legendary battlefields start here.

Battlefields Lodge & Sports Resort is aptly named – we’re located in the heart of the historic Battlefields region, an area with the largest concentration of battlefields in South Africa.

With some of South Africa’s bloodiest battles fought right on our doorstep, the lodge is the perfect base from which to explore historical memorials and go on exciting battlefields tours led by expert guides.

Take yourself back in time to the frightening and utterly fascinating history that forged South Africa’s future.

Famous battles that changed the course of South Africa’s history…

THE BATTLE OF ISANDLWANA
  • Fought on 22 January 1879
  • The first major encounter in the Anglo-Zulu War between the British Empire and the Zulu Kingdom
THE BATTLE OF RORKE’S DRIFT
  • Took place during the Anglo-Zulu War
  • Fought on the same day as the nearby Battle of Isandlwana
  • Fighting the Zulu army of King Cetshwayo, the British army suffered the most humiliating defeat in its history
THE SIEGE OF LADYSMITH
  • Began when the Boers cut the railway and telegraph lines on 2 November 1899
  • General Joubert pushed General White’s army into Ladysmith and laid siege to it at the beginning of the South African War
  • The attack lasted for 118 days – the shortest of the three major sieges in South African history
  • Suffering during the siege was intense given the shortage of provisions
THE BATTLE OF ELANDSLAAGTE
  • Occurred during the South African War of 1899-1902
  • Played out within the boundaries of what is now Nambiti Private Game Reserve
  • The story of this battle fascinating for several reasons, including a raging thunderstorm, numerous foreign fighters, a cavalry charge, the use of modern rifles, controversy over a flag of truce and tales of incredible bravery

Other well-known battles that occurred in the area include:

Spionkop

Thukela Heights

Blood River

Vaalkrantz

Battlefield Tour Guides

We work closely with a number of Local KZN Battlefield tour guides who have insights into Zulu culture and history. Below please find recommended guides in our area.

Paul Garner garner@xsinet.co.za  082 472 3912
Anthony Coleman battlescenes@worldonline.co.za 072 204 2986
Pat Rundgren pat@slater.co.za 082 690 7812
Evan Jones battleguide@telkomsa.net 087 802 8598
Johan Hamman  jhamman@telkomsa.net 082 267 2527(Dutch)
Thulani Khuzwayo thulani.khuzwayo@gmail.com

At Battlefields Lodge & Sports Resort, we specialise in assisting guests who want to visit the battlefields of South Africa. Tours leaving right from our doorstep are led by local KZN battlefield tour guides with captivating insights into the area’s culture and history. Your unforgettable adventure awaits!