Visit the following Battlefields with Heritage Tours & Transfers:
King Cetshwayo’s Royal residence (reconstructed). It was burned down after the Battle of Ulundi in July 1879. Open air museum and KwaZulu Cultural Museum. About 9km outside Ulundi towards Umfolozi Hluhluwe Game Reserve. Toilets, Museum shop and cool drinks.
Open daily except Good Friday and Christmas Day.
At this battle on 16 December 1838 a party of Voortrekkers defeated the Zulu army. Replica bronze wagons are set in a laager on the site of the battle. Off the R33 between Dundee and Vryheid. Entrance fee payable. Interpretation centre. Tearoom. Toilets.
Blood River Museum is on the site of the Battle of Blood River, a 20 minute drive from Dundee. Battlefield is open for visitors.
Open daily 08h00-17h00
Grave of Piet Retief
Memorial near the royal kraal uMgungundlovu. Piet Retief and his party, were executed on orders from king Dingane on 6 February 1838. Off the R34 near Ulundi.
Open daily 08h00 – 17h00.
Siege of Eshowe/Fort Nongqayi
22 January – 3rd April 1879, Zulu forces under th command of Prince Dabulamanzi besiged part of Col. Pearson’s colum, which entrenched itself around the abandoned Norwegian Lutheran Mission Station known as KwaMondi, and built the mud foundation Fort Eshowe. Site museum. Enquiries and directions from ZHM Fort Nongqayi.
Open seven days a week.
22 January 1879. Here 25 000 Zulus defeated a British force. Today cairns mark the places where British soldiers fell and were buried. Off the R68 between Nqutu and Babanango. Entrance fee payable at the interpretation centre, for access to the Battlefield.
Open daily except Good Friday and Christmas Day 09h00 – 16h00.
22 January 1879. The Fugitives’ Trail is the route along which the survivors from Isandlwana fled to safety. At Fugitives’ Drift they crossed the Buffalo River. Here Lt Coghill and Melville, who tried to save the Queen’s Colour, lie buried.
Open daily. On private property
22-23 January 1879. Here 100 British soldiers fought for 12 hours to repel 4 000 Zulus, earning 11 Victoria Crosses, the largest number ever awarded to a regiment for a single engagement. Museum and interpretation centre on-site. Open daily, except Good Friday and Christmas Day, 08h00 16h00. Picnic sites, museum shop and toilets. View ELC Craft Centre. Picnic sites. Toilets.
ELC Craft Centre open weekdays 08h00 – 16h00. Sat 10h00 – 15h00. Closed Sun
28 March 1879. On Hlobane mountain the British and Colonial forces were defeated by a Zulu impi. 20Km from Vryheid on the Hlobane Road. Gates locked, 4×4 and Guide required for guided tour. This location by special request only.
29 March 1879. Some 25 000 Zulu warriors attacked a fortified British position. The battle started at 13h30 and ended at 17h30 when the Zulu’s were driven off and pursued by horsmen until dark. 10 Km from Vryheid on the Paulpietersburg road.
Prince Imperial Memorial
1 June 1879. Here the last hopes of the Napoleonic dynasty died when Louis Napoleon was killed.
4 July 1879. On the banks of the Umfolozi River the final battle of the Zulu war was fought. The Zulu army was totally defeated. Just outside the town of Ulundi.
February 1881. Here British forces under General Colley were surrounded by Boers on top of Schuinshoogte.
27 February 1881. The major deciding battle of the 1st Boer war. On the N11 from Volksrust to Newcastle. An entrance fee is charged. Picnic and braai facilities are available. Toilets.
20 October 1899. The 1st battle between the British and the Boers in the 2nd Anglo – Boer war. It was the first time the British wore khaki uniforms in South Africa. It as a pyrrhic victory, the British won the battle but left 3 days later on an 83km / 60 mile forced march to Ladysmith. The British were in Dundee mainly because the coal mine owners had put pressure on the Natal government. For sites in the town related to the battle, contact Talana Museum. Self guided trail of the battlefield. On the outskirts of Dundee on the road to Vryheid. Signposted and tea garden. Entrance fee.
Open weekdays 08h00 16h30. Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays 10h00
21 October 1899. Tiny village and railway station, abandoned by the British forces after they had fought the battle to re-open the railway line for the retreat of the British forces from Dundee to Ladysmith. On the R602 between Glencoe and Ladysmith. At Elandslaagte follow the signposts to the battlefield. Open daily.
Siege of Ladysmith
Lasting 118 days, the Siege of Ladysmith was one of the worst in the history of the British army. The sites of the numerous battles between Boer and Brit can be viewed from any one of the encircling hills. Detailed information on the battle sites around Ladysmith can be obtained from the Information Office.
Clouston Garden of Remembrance
15 December 1899. Buller’s first attempt to cross the Tugela River and retrieve Ladysmith met with disaster at the Battle of Colenso. Memorials and graves have been moved to this site, which was Gen. Buller’s headquarters during the Battle of Colenso. There were a number of brigade hospitals here during the battle to which the wounded were brought. It is also probably the spot where the first moving pictures of the battle were taken. On the Road outside Colenso. Toilets.
Ambleside Military Cemetery
Many of the men who died in the Battle for Colenso, particularly the Irish regiments, are buried here. Take the Weenen/Colenso off ramp from the R103 (approaching from Estcort) and turn left to Winterton. Follow the signs to the cemetery.
Site of the Guns
Ten of the twelve British guns brought forward during the Battle of Colenso, were lost to the Boers, under the leadership of General Louis Botha. Freddy, son of Lord Roberts, was mortally wounded here. A marker indicates where he fell.
Armoured Train Wreck / Churchill Capture Site
It was near this site that Winston Churchill was captured by Boer forces, who derailed the armoured train in which he was traveling. A plaque just off the road records the event and the cemetery is across the railway line. Off the R103 near Frere. Signposted.
Chieveley Military Cemetery
In this cemetery Lord Robert’s son, Freddy lies buried. Follow the dirt road past the railway station to the cemetery set among trees. Off the R103 from Escort to Colenso.
Ladysmith & Winterton Area
The battle took place on 23-24 January 1900. It was the scene of the most futile, certainly the bloodiest, of all the four battles fought in an effort to relieve the beleaguered town of Ladysmith. The site offers a self guided trail, with brochure, among the graves, monuments and trenches. Off the R616. Entrance fee payable.
Battle of Tugela Heights
21 – 26 February 1900. General Buller led his troops through numerous battles on the hills of Hlangwane, Monte Christo, Cingolo, Pieters, Kitchener’s, Wynne’s and Inniskilling before the re-ocupation of Ladysmith. Turn off from the Colenso road towards Ezakheni / Newcastle. This road travels through a number of battlefields as will be noticed by the graves and memorials on the side of the road. For more information contact the Siege Museum in Ladysmith.