About the tour: Discover the History of the Boer & Zulu Wars of South Africa

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

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Tour Itinerary

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.
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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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    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 Royal Country Inn, our base for the next five nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    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
    Isandlwana Battlefield
    Isandlwana Battlefield

    Key Visits

    • Isandlwana Battlefield
    • Zulu Memorial, Isandlwana
    • Rorke's Drift Battlefield

    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
    Spioenkop in Kwazulu-Natal

    Key Visits

    • Colenso
    • Spioenkop
    • Ladysmith

    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
    Battle of Blood River Memorial
    Voortrekkers Monument

    Key Visits

    • Voortrekkers Monument
    • Lancaster Hill

    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

    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

    Key Visits

    • Zululand
    • Zulu kings Valley

    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*

    Single Room Supplement from £249.00 (12 days).


    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.

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

    Battlefields Country Lodge & Sports Resort, Dundee (nights 2-6), or similar.

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

    Mtonjaneni Lodge in Ulundi (nights 9-10), or similar.

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