An exceptionally scenic swathe of the KwaZulu Natal province is where many significant and epic battles took place between the Boers, Zulus and the British to shape the modern South Africa.

This is where compelling history meets the wonderful scenery of the Drakensburg Mountains, sweeping hills and wind-swept plains of this region. Here’s where the notorious clashes of Blood River, the Siege of Ladysmith, the catastrophic Zulu defeat of the British at Isandlwana, and the brave defence of Rorke’s Drift all took place. However it would be nothing without the world class guides that really bring these battles and histories alive for you during the tours.

As such have selected only the best lodges with the finest guiding to be found here. You can also combine private battlefield tours with superb game reserves and safari.

A spectacular area for scenery, adventure activities, and the local towns of Pietermaritzburg, Ladysmith and Dundee for their museums, the ‘Battlefields Route’ is well within easy reach of Durban and the Dolphin coast too.

When to Go

This part of the country enjoys a subtropical climate, making it a year-round destination with a pleasant average temperature of 26?C / 79?F.


What to do

  • Expertly guided battlefield tours and combination of routes
  • Cultural and interest-led excursions to the various musuems, towns and forts
  • Game Reserves (where you can easily combine with side trips to the battlefields)
  • White water rafting