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Battlefields, KwaZulu-Natal

Battlefields, KwaZulu-Natal

The Battlefields Region of KwaZulu-Natal, so named because of the many infamous battles that took place there in the 19th century between the Zulus, the Voortrekkers, the British and the Boers, lies between the Midlands in the east, the Drakensberg in the West and Zululand and the Elephant Coast in the north.

Although its primary attractions are the sites of the bloody battles, the memorials, museums and graveyards, it would be wrong to assume that this is all that this area of the province is about.

There are a number of nature reserves and game reserves, rivers and lakes scattered over the rolling hills and valleys – and all with the towering Drakensberg as a backdrop. There is much to do in addition to taking in the history of the area – game viewing, bird watching, white water rafting, hiking, 4X4 trails, arts and craft or just relaxing at the many superb guest houses, lodges, B&Bs and hotels. There are numerous campsites, rustic mountain huts and chalets in the nature reserves and game reserves. The Drakensberg wonderland beckons in the distance.

Names written into the history books for their exploits include the legendary, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi, General Louis Botha, Piet Retief, Shaka, Dingane and Chetswayo. Knowledgeable guides will take you on a fascinating journey on the Battlefields Route to legendary places like Blood River, Rorke’s Drift, Isandlwano and Spioenkop. The route extends beyond the official Battlefield Region into Zululand and the Midlands.


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