Welcome to the Wonderful World of the KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields Route

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.

But that is not all! within this same area, or close by, are some of the best game parks and conservancies in the country where you can see the Big Five, fantastic bird viewing areas, the magnificent mountains of the uKhahlamba/Drakensberg Heritage Park, numerous adventure sports sites and of course Zulu Culture and Heritage sites.

So when you plan your holiday in South Africa look first at what the Battlefields Route of KwaZulu-Natal has to offer.

Advice on Visiting the Battlefields

For maximum pleasure and understanding visiting the Battlefields should not be done in an haphazard manner, but rather one should choose an era, war or campaign and then select the sites you want to visit. To assist you in this respect we have divided the route into the various eras and wars and listed the sites accordingly.

Whether you choose to use the services of a specialist guide, and for maximum enjoyment we always advise you to do so, or whether you are guiding yourself, it is always advisable to read up a little on the sites and war before making your visit. For this reason you will find reference to various books and authors that are specialists in their field. We also recommend that you have a good road map in your vehicle at all times.

The contents of this site are not intended as a source of historical reference but merely to provide the visitor to the region with some background knowledge of the events that took place and what they can expect to find on the site.

Most visitors drive to accommodation near the sites they wish to visit and then either drive themselves to the sites they want to see or organise with a Guide to go with them to the sites. However if they do not want to use their own car, they can engage a guide who will take them. There are also guides who will collect from points like Durban and Johannesburg and take clients to the sites requested by their clients.

It should be noted that there is a fair amount of travelling on gravel roads, but those to all the major sites are generally passable for your average car except at the height of the rainy season in January and February when you need to check the condition before hand.

Accommodation

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Nxala Ranch
Bed & Breakfast | Lodge

Nxala Ranch is set amidst willow and paperback thorn trees – on a working farm – and offers a beautiful … Read More

Rorke’s Drift Hotel
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Visitors are stunned by our beautiful position with imposing views over Zululand and towards Isandlwana, which are enriched by the … Read More

Spion Kop Lodge
Lodge | Self Catering

Spion Kop Lodge is the ideal place to explore the Battlefields, Berg and Bush and offers warm hospitality surrounded by … Read More

Three Trees at Spioenkop
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Against the magnificent backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa, and overlooking the secluded Mfazimnyama Valley of the Spioenkop … Read More

The Royal Country Inn
Hotel

The Royal Country Inn in Dundee combines the benefits of modern accommodation with an old-world charm. Situated in the heart … Read More

Sneezewood Farm
Bed & Breakfast | Self Catering

Sneezewood Farm offers superior accommodation in Dundee, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Situated 5km from the centre of Dundee, our guests enjoy … Read More

Springbok Lodge
Game Parks | Lodge

Nestled in the heart of Nambiti Private Game Reserve is where you’ll find Springbok Lodge. The Nambiti Private Game Reserve … Read More

Oxford Lodge
Lodge

B&B lodge with 37 luxury air conditioned rooms (15 double and 22 twin rooms). DSTV and free wi-fi. Coffee trays … Read More

Battlefields Country Lodge and Sports Resort
Lodge

Whether you’re a history boffin who needs comfortable accommodation close to some of the most legendary battlefields of South Africa … Read More

Umzolozolo Safari Lodge
Game Parks | Lodge

Welcome to the luxurious world of Umzolozolo Private Safari Lodge A typical day at Umzolozolo Private Safari Lodge starts before … Read More

Fort Mistake Country Lodge
Lodge

Fort Mistake Country Lodge is situated just off the N11 and offers guests a choice of accommodation 35 km from … Read More

Chez Nouz Bed & Breakfast and Self Catering
Bed & Breakfast

Chez Nous Bed and Breakfast is managed by owner Elisabeth Durham. She was born in France but has lived in … Read More

The Lapha B&B
Bed & Breakfast

The Lapha B&B and Conference Centre is situated in the picturesque town of Dundee, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and mountains … Read More

Fugitives’ Drift Lodge
Guest House | Lodge

This award-winning destination offer visitors an opportunity to experience the extraordinary saga of the Anglo Zulu War. Led by some … Read More

The Royal Hotel
Hotel | Restaurants

The Royal Hotel is a stately, 3 Star graded Hotel, steeped in history & located in the centre of the … Read More