Discover the History of the Boer & Zulu Wars of South Africa

12 days from £2,599pp.


Redcoats and Zulu warriors

Visit: Redcoats and Zulu warriors, Battlefields

Isandlwana Battlefields

Visit: Isandlwana Battlefields, Africa

About the Tour

Want to understand the true story behind the iconic war movie Zulu? This tour takes you to the heart of South African military history from the Zulu War to the Boer War, seeing battlefields rich with British history; from Rorke’s Drift to Isandlwana as well as Ladysmith and Colenso. Here we discuss the battles, see the ground and understand what happened.

Tour Includes


  • 9 nights hotel with breakfast
  • 2 breakfasts & 2 evening meals in flight
  • 7 evening meals
  • Fully escorted in South Africa with a Specialist Historical Guide
  • Outbound scheduled flight to Johannesburg returning from Durban via Johannesburg
  • Hotel porterage for 1 bag per person
Dates & Prices

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Your Itinerary

    Fly overnight from Heathrow to Johannesburg.

    • Included meals: Dinner*

    Morning arrival in Johannesburg where you will be met by your guide and transfered to the town of Dundee and the 4-star Royal Country Inn, our base for the next five nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Isandlwana

    Isandlwana

    The next two days will be spent looking at the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. At Isandlwana we will see: the battlefield where 24,000 Zulu impis out-manoeuvred and wiped out almost an entire British Regiment (The 24th) in less than half an hour! This historic site of Isandlwana, KwaZulu-Natal marks the British colonial army’s biggest defeat; this was their first encounter with the warriors of the Zulu nation in 1879. The hundreds of whitewashed stone cairns scattered across the battlefield mark the graves of British troops. This was an embarrassing defeat for the British as the Zulus were armed with assegais and spears representing a technologically inferior force. The on-site museum contains all of the details and memorabilia of the battle. Rorke’s Drift is the site where 139 British soldiers, including injured men, held the re-supply depot against 4,500 Zulu warriors for 11.5 hours before managing to ward them off. Eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded for the valour displayed by the British in this battle.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Spend time today in and around Dundee seeing the excellent Talana Museum displaying the events of the Anglo-Boer War.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We head west via Ladysmith and the Siege Museum to Colenso, one of the great battles of the Anglo-Boer War, and one of the three British defeats that made up Black Week. Make your way on foot to the summit of Spioenkop where your guide recreates the tragic battle between ‘Boer and Brit’ over nine days in January 1900.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Voortrekkers Monument

    Voortrekkers Monument

    We leave Dundee and visit the monument dedicated to the ‘Voortrekkers’ who, vastly outnumbered, heroically defended themselves against a Zulu attack. Visit Lancaster Hill, scene of an engagement between the Lancaster Regiment and the Boers after the relief of Ladysmith. Continue to Natal Spa Hot Springs and Leisure Resort in the Zululand for two nights. Tonight we will have a barbecue (Braai) dinner.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Re-live the route of the British forces at Hlobane by the Zulus where the British once again underestimated the enemy and paid a heavy price. However, the situation was quickly reversed by the British the next day, as we will hear when we visit Kambula.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Zululand

    Zululand

    Today we travel deep into the heart of Zululand seeing where the Prince Imperial of France was killed in a Zulu ambush. We continue to the famed valley of the Zulu Kings and to the Mtonjaneni Lodge in Ulundi for two nights. Mtonjaneni Lodge is a 3-star graded country-style lodge situated overlooking the Emakhosini Valley of the Kings. The lodge has an Anglo-Zulu Museum on the premises.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We will see the battlefields and experience the history around Ulundi. July 4th 1879 was to be a significant date for the Zulu nation. The battle at Ulundi was to be short lived, not only was it to be the final battle for Chief Cetewayo and his warriors but was also the break up of the Zulu nation.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We travel to Durban to take an afternoon flight to Johannesburg and connect with the evening overnight South African Airways flight to London.

    • Included meals: Dinner*

    Morning arrival at London Heathrow Airport.

    • Included meals: Breakfast*

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Historical visits as described

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Entrance fees to museums & places of interest (extra cost)

    Notes

    The deposits for this tour is £300pp. A further payment of £600pp will need to be paid to us 30 weeks before departure and the balance 15 weeks before departure. Payment dates will be advised on your confirmation invoice.

    Single Room Supplement from £225.00 (12 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    All hotels are of a minimum European 3-star standard and have a restaurant or bar on site or nearby.

    Royal Country Inn, Dundee (nights 2-6)

    Natal Spa Hot Springs and Leisure Resort in the Zululand (nights 7-8)

    Mtonjaneni Lodge in Ulundi (nights 9-10)

    South Africa

    Natal Spa Hotel

    Natal Spa Hotel

    South Africa

    Royal Country Inn

    Royal Country Inn

    South Africa

    Mtonjaneni Lodge

    Mtonjaneni Lodge

    Natal Spa Hotel


    The Natal Spa Hotel is set in verdant KZN bushveld in amongst Cambrain granite boulders that have been formed over millions of years. The hotel showcases exceptional views of the Bivane River that attracts a myriad of wildlife, a truly African encounter with the majesty of what roams this part of the world. The hotel features a restaurant, a bar and a glistening swimming pool to while away quiet hours. For the more adventurous, activities like archery and fishing are a must.

    Royal Country Inn


    The Royal Country Inn is in Dundee and seamlessly blends the contemporary and classic. It is right in the heart of the famous battlefields and was originally known as the Royal Hotel in 1886. Today, this historical charm and ambience is still felt throughout the hotel. The Inn also boasts one of the most elegant old-fashioned dining room restaurants treating you to an ever changing menu that comprises hearty meals. Enjoy tea and scones in one of the beautiful courtyards or have a drink in the resident pub.

    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities

    Mtonjaneni Lodge


    Mtonjaneni Lodge is on a family farm in the Melmoth district. It’s the perfectly located for visits to the Zulu Cultural Heritage, Battlefields and Game Reserves. The view from the verandah of overlooking the vast valleys is simply breath-taking. There is a congenial atmosphere created by wood furnishings and there is a bar, a restaurant, a lounge as well as an inviting rock pool. The dining room is the where homemade meals are served with warm South African hospitality.

    Royal Country Inn


    The Royal Country Inn is in Dundee and seamlessly blends the contemporary and classic. It is right in the heart of the famous battlefields and was originally known as the Royal Hotel in 1886. Today, this historical charm and ambience is still felt throughout the hotel. The Inn also boasts one of the most elegant old-fashioned dining room restaurants treating you to an ever changing menu that comprises hearty meals. Enjoy tea and scones in one of the beautiful courtyards or have a drink in the resident pub.

    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities

    Mtonjaneni Lodge


    Mtonjaneni Lodge is on a family farm in the Melmoth district. It’s the perfectly located for visits to the Zulu Cultural Heritage, Battlefields and Game Reserves. The view from the verandah of overlooking the vast valleys is simply breath-taking. There is a congenial atmosphere created by wood furnishings and there is a bar, a restaurant, a lounge as well as an inviting rock pool. The dining room is the where homemade meals are served with warm South African hospitality.

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Yes, unfortunately there is no feeder/transfer service to/from the U.K. airports.

    Flight times are given at the time of booking. The times given are for guidance only and may change.

    Exact flight times will be confirmed on travel document which are sent 7-10 days before departure. For more information on flight times please contact our Reservations Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    We are able to pre-book flight seats with most airlines. There may be a charge for this service. Any charges will be confirmed at the time of booking. Most other airlines will allocate your seats at check-in.
    Yes, we can. Please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 to arrange wheelchair assistance or any other medical requests.
    We recommend you check-in for your flight three hours before the scheduled time for long haul flights and two and a half hours before the scheduled time for any European holidays.

    Luggage allowances vary from airline to airline. The luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 5kg for hand luggage. Ryan Air's luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 10kg for hand luggage. All allowances are subject to changes made by the airline.

    For more information on luggage allowances please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    The transfers on the majority of our flight tours are included. Our Reservations Staff will be able to advise you when you call. On tours where you book your own flight the transfers may only be available at certain times or not at all.
    This depends on which airline the flight is booked with. Please call our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 for more details.

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