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Battlefields of South Africa

Anglo Zulu wars and Boer Battlefields

South Africa Battlefields Tours from Isandhlwana to Ulundi, Dundee and Ladysmith to the British HQ of Melrose house and Winston Churchill's Pretoria prison.

Having read all the books you can about the Battlefields of South Africa there is no substitute for experiencing and walking these iconic Battlefields of the old British Colonial era for yourself.

Bringing to life South African Military History of the Anglo Zulu Battlefield of Isandhlwana when 20,000 motivated celibate man slaying Zulu warriors of Cetshwayo's mighty army defeated the British #3 column, recorded in the annuals of British military history as the greatest single defeat ever inflicted on a modern British army against the spears of a native foe, the area which can be walked around includes the Sphinx and the many stone covered graves with the remains of Red Coated British soldiers of Chelmsford's #3 column, the eerie silence broken only by the sometime gentle wind is all that is left. Fugitives Drift of Melville and Coghill who died while trying to save the Queens colours and the 11 VC's that where awarded at Rorke's Drift when the 24 "B" coy Welsh Borderers successfully defended the mission station against a numerically superior but out gunned native force & the Ulundi Battlefield with the final defeat of King Cetshwayo and the mighty Zulu Empire.

In 1880 after the Boers in Pretoria rebelled against British interference in the Transvaal, Majuba (the Hill of Doves) on the Natal border was the place when on the 27 February 1881 Gen Colley was mortally wounded, forcing the British to sign a peace treaty, first at O'Neill's cottage and later at Hilldrop House Newcastle. "Remember Majuba" was the rallying cry by the British forces some 18 years later during the second Anglo-Boer War of 1899 - 1902. After the battle of Paardeberg 27 February 1900 and the surrender of Piet Cronje with his 4000 burghers, President Paul Kruger who was nearby at Poplar Grove, on hearing the bad news placed his head into his hands and was heard muttering "they have taken away my Majuba Day".

On the 11 October 1899 the day after Paul Kruger's birthday, the little Boer Republic of the Transvaal declared war against the Might of the British Empire. We have tours to the Battlefields of Talana, Colenso, Spionkop, the siege town of Ladysmith, Winston Churchill's armoured train ambush and capture site as well as his Pretoria prison and the British HQ of Melrose House - the signing of the peace accord of 31 May 1902.

After the fall of Pretoria on the 5 June 1900 we trace Botha's retreat into the old "Eastern Transvaal" with the Battlefield of Delmanuthu, being recognized as the last of the formal battles and the beginning of the Guerrilla phase, Belfast and the grave yard, Lydenburg, Long Tom Pass and the "Long Tom Gun" site as well as Paul Kruger's last residence in South Africa before he departed for Europe to muster support for the Boer cause in October 1900.

There is a variety of Battlefields that can be visited

 
 

Anglo-Zulu of KwaZulu-Natal 1879
Anglo-Boer of KwaZulu-Natal 1899 - 1902
Anglo-Boer-Zulu of KwaZulu-Natal 1879 & 1899-1902
Anglo-Boer of Eastern Transvaal 1899 - 1902
Anglo-Boer Siege Towns of Ladysmith, Kimberley & Mafekeng 1899 - 1902
Anglo-Boer Day Tours 1899 - 1902

 
anglo zulu battlefields

The Zulu Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, including the Boer-Zulu Battlefield of Blood River when the early Dutch pioneers defended an attack on the wagon laager by an overwhelming Zulu force. The Anglo-Zulu Battlefields of Isandhlwana where 1,400 of the British invasion force lost their lives against a disciplined and organized Zulu impi,24th Regiment Rorke's Drift when 11 VC's were awarded to the 24th B coy Welsh Borderers, and Fugitives Drift when Melville and Coghill died saving the Queen's colours. Traveling east we visit the Zulu capital of Ulundi and the memorial to the fallen of both sides leading to the total defeat of the mighty Zulu empire on 4 July 1879. From Ulundi you can visit the old British fort at the Norwegian mission station. The tour can be extended into the Hluhluwe/Umfolozi game reserve and a chance of seeing the BIG 5, and take a Durban City tour.

Anglo-Zulu Battlefields of KwaZulu Natal

  • 3 day (2 night) Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, including the Zulu Battlefields of Isandhlwana with the British losses against a Zulu impi, and Rorke's Drift when 11 VC's awarded to the 24th "B" coy Welsh Borderers and Fugitives Drift when Melville and Coghill died saving the Queen's colours, includes the interpretation centre at the Battlefield of Talana.

  • 4 day (3 night) As above with the battle of Blood River of 1838

  • 6 day (5 night) Includes as above, the tour can be extended to visit the Zulu capital of Ulundi and the memorial to the fallen of both sides leading to the total defeat of the mighty Zulu empire on 4 July 1879 with the Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game reserve and an opportunity of seeing the BIG 5.

  • 7 day (6 night) As above, you can visit the old British fort at the Norwegian mission station where Col Pearson's #1 column was pinned down by about 6000 Zulu

  • The tour can be extended to visit Durban with a City tour and visit the old Victorian spice market.

    Includes accommodations and meals, return transfers Johannesburg / Pretoria, other starting points and destinations can be arranged to suit your itinerary.

 

The tours can be customized to suit clients interests.

Isandhlwana - Anglo Zulu wars 1879
Rorkes Drift - Anglo Zulu wars 1879
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Anglo-Zulu of KwaZulu-Natal 1879
Anglo-Boer of KwaZulu-Natal 1899 - 1902
Anglo-Boer-Zulu of KwaZulu-Natal 1879 & 1899-1902
Anglo-Boer of Eastern Transvaal 1899 - 1902
Anglo-Boer Siege Towns of Ladysmith, Kimberley & Mafekeng 1899 - 1902
Anglo-Boer Day Tours 1899 - 1902

 
anglo boer battlefields

From Jo'burg we travel south towards "Ladysmith to visit the the killing field of Spionkop to take a tour of the Battlefield and explain the events that took place which involved such people as Winston Churchill and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Our first visit in Ladysmith is to the Siege Museum with its excellent diorama of the Ladysmith field of operation, to the north west of the town we visit the site of Whites HQ with a commanding view of the area. Leaving Ladysmith you visit the Churchill memorial to see the armoured train ambush site which led to the capture of young Winston. We visit the Colenso Gun positions where Col Long lost 10 field guns to the Boers, travelling back over the Tugela River to visit a part of the area collectively known as the Tugela Heights and the last final push to break the siege of Ladysmith. One of the accommodations we stayover is on the Battlefield of Ladysmith. You can also visit the capital of South Africa; Pretoria, with one of the old Boer forts, Churchill's prison and the British HQ of Melrose house with the signing of the peace treaty in May 1902.

Anglo-Boer Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal

  • 3 day (2 nights) Departing early morning from Jo'burg we travel south towards Ladysmith to visit the Spionkop Battlefield (Lancashire Reg) and onto Ladysmith. In Ladysmith we visit the Siege Museum with its diorama of  the field of operation, a short distance away is All Saints Church where you can still see a shell hole made by a "Long Tom", the church displays the roll of honor of over 3000 names of British soldiers and sailors together with the regiments that they served with. South of Ladysmith you visit the Churchill memorial to see the armoured train ambush site which led to the capture of young Winston on 15 November 1899. We visit the Colenso Gun positions where Col Long lost 10 field guns to the Boers, travelling back over the Tugela River we visit a part of the area collectively known as the Tugela Heights and the last push to break the siege of Ladysmith.

  • 4 day (3 nights) As above with this extra day to visit Pretoria and Winston Churchill's prison, one of the Boer Forts built after the Jameson Raid in 1896 and the British HQ of Melrose house and the signing of the peace treaty of 31 May 1902.

    Includes accommodations and meals, return transfers Johannesburg / Pretoria, other starting points and destinations can be arranged to suit your itinerary.

 

The tours can be customized to suit clients interests.

British Graves at Spionkop 24 January 1900 - after the 2nd attempt to relieve Ladysmith
Talana Battlefield 1899
Winston Churchill's train ambush & capture site 15 November 1899
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Anglo-Zulu of KwaZulu-Natal 1879
Anglo-Boer of KwaZulu-Natal 1899 - 1902
Anglo-Boer-Zulu of KwaZulu-Natal 1879 & 1899-1902
Anglo-Boer of Eastern Transvaal 1899 - 1902
Anglo-Boer Siege Towns of Ladysmith, Kimberley & Mafekeng 1899 - 1902
Anglo-Boer Day Tours 1899 - 1902

 
Anglo Boer Zulu Battlefields

The battlefield of Spionkop where the Liverpool regiments came under a fire barrage from the Boer army under the command of Louis Botha. In Ladysmith we visit the Siege Museum with its diorama of  the field of operation. South of town you visit the Churchill memorial to see the armoured train ambush site which led to the capture of young Winston on 15 November 1899. Making our way to the "Gun site" where the Boers captured 10 artillery guns from the British at the "Battle of Colenso" (15 December 1899). back over the Tugela River to visit a part of the area collectively known as the Tugela Heights and the last final push to break the siege of Ladysmith. Traveling northeast we can visit the Talana Battlefield and Pete Smiths farm which is one of the best open-air Museums in the area. We visit Isandhlwana with the biggest ever defeat of a modern British army against the spears of a Zulu impi and Rorke's Drift when 11 VC's were awarded to the 24th "B" coy Welsh Borderers & Fugitives Drift when Melville and Coghill died saving the Queen's colours in Jan 1879. You can visit the Zulu capital of Ulundi and the memorial to the fallen of both sides leading to the total defeat of the mighty Zulu empire on 4 July 1879 and Fort Eshowe where Pearson's #1 column was besieged at the Norwegian mission station. An optional Safaris with a relaxing Game Drive in the Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Reserve with the opportunity of seeing the BIG 5 of the animal kingdom. You can also visit Durban for a City tour with the old Victorian spice market where you can buy your freshly packed Indian Spices.

Anglo-Boer-Zulu Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal

  • 4 Day (3 night) Departing early morning from Jo'Burg we travel south to visit the killing fields of Spionkop where Woodgate and his South Lancs Liverpool regiment came under a fire barrage resulting in one of the heaviest loss of life of the war. We stay over on the Battlefield of Ladysmith, the grave yard can be visited on top of the nearby koppie. In Ladysmith we visit the Siege Museum with its diorama of  the Ladysmith field of operation. Traveling south from Ladysmith to see the site of Winston Churchill's armoured train ambush which led to his capture. We visit the "Gun site" where the Boers captured 10 artillery guns from the British at the "Battle of Colenso". We also make our way to the area around Tugela Heights with the final push into Ladysmith to break the 118 day siege. An early start to visit Isandhlwana with the biggest ever defeat of a then modern British army against the mighty Zulu impi, and kwa Jim's mission station of Rorke's Drift when 11 VC's were awarded to the 24th "B" coy Welsh Borderers & Fugitives Drift when Melville and Coghill died saving the Queen's colours in Jan 1879.

  • 5 day (4 nights) As above, with the inclusion of Talana interpretation centre and the Battle of Blood River of 1838 when the Zulu's attacked the Voortrekker Wagon Laager of 464 pioneers.

  • 7 day (6 nights) The tour can be extended to visit the Zulu capital of Ulundi and the memorial to the fallen of both sides leading to the total defeat of the mighty Zulu empire on 4 July 1879. Optional Safari with a relaxing Game Drive in the Hluhluwe/Umfolozi reserve with the opportunity of seeing the BIG 5 of the animal kingdom.

  • 8 day (7 night) As above you can visit the old British fort at the Norwegian mission station where Col Pearson's #1 column was pinned down by about 6000 Zulu.

  • 10 day (9 nights) A combined tour of the Anglo-Boer-Zulu Battlefields and the famous Kruger National Park, the tour is ideal for the History and Nature lovers with plenty of photo opportunities. Starting from Jo'Burg we travel through the Anglo-Boer-Zulu Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal including the siege town of Ladysmith, Battlefield of Spionkop, Winston Churchill's train ambush site, the Battlefield town of Dundee and the open air museum, the Anglo-Zulu Battlefields of Isandhlwana, Rorke's Drift and the memorial at Fugitives Drift, of the 24 coy For something totally different we travel into the famous Kruger National Park in search of the BIG 5, we visit the old gold town of Pilgrims Rest, Gods Window and the Blyderiver Canyon before returning to Pretoria and a day tour of the Capital City of South Africa before returning to Jo'Burg and the airport

    Includes accommodations and meals, return transfers Johannesburg / Pretoria, other starting points and destinations can be arranged to suit your itinerary.

     

    The tours can be customized to suit clients interests.

Rorkes Drift mission Station Jan 1879
Anglo - Zulu Battlefields 1879
Battle of Blood River 1838
Killing fields of Spionkop
Bulwer Bridge Colenso 1899
Gordons Memorial
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Anglo-Zulu of KwaZulu-Natal 1879
Anglo-Boer of KwaZulu-Natal 1899 - 1902
Anglo-Boer-Zulu of KwaZulu-Natal 1879 & 1899-1902
Anglo-Boer of Eastern Transvaal 1899 - 1902
Anglo-Boer Siege Towns of Ladysmith, Kimberley & Mafekeng 1899 - 1902
Anglo-Boer Day Tours 1899 - 1902

 
Anglo Boer Battlefields Eastern Transvaal

The final resting place of The Breaker & Peter Handcock
The Breaker & Peter Handcock's final resting place
 

Lord Roberts entered Pretoria on the 5 June 1900 the Boer army traveled east into the old Eastern Transvaal of the ZAR. Starting in the capital of South Africa Pretoria; we visit one of the Boer Forts built after the Jameson Raid in 1896, Winston Churchill's prison, Paul Kruger house, Breaker Morant and the British HQ of Melrose House and the signing of the peace treaty on the 31 May 1902. Traveling towards the old Eastern Transvaal we see the Battle site of Diamond Hill (June 1900) and visit Bergendal (Aug 1900) being acknowledged as the last of the formal battles and the start of the Guerrilla phase, and Long Tom Pass where you can still see one of the old wagon routes used by the early pioneers like Percy Fitzpatrick, and where Botha managed to extricate his men and the Long Toms. We also visit the Long Tom Gun site on this famous pass while listening to the story of Botha's retreat. Traveling through Belfast we visit the grave yard where amongst others lay British Soldiers, onto Dullstroom and Lydenburg. Our journey will also take you to the last residence in South Africa of the old ZAR President "Paul Kruger" (1825-1904).

Anglo-Boer Battlefields of the old Eastern Transvaal

  • 4 day (3 night) This tour of the old South African Republic (ZAR) is ideal for people who enjoy some travel, relaxation and history. After 100 years the Anglo-Boer war still evokes passion from both Boer and Brit alike.
    On our journey you visit one of the old Boer Forts guarding Pretoria, Winston Churchill's Pretoria prison, Breaker Morant, Union Buildings &  the British HQ of Melrose House. Traveling towards the old Eastern Transvaal we see the Battle site of Diamond Hill and visit Bergendal and Long Tom Pass where you can still see one of the old wagon routes used by the early pioneers like Percy Fitzpatrick, we also visit the Long Tom Gun site on this famous pass while listening to the story of Botha's retreat. Traveling through Belfast we visit the grave yard where amongst others lay British Soldiers, then onto Dullstroom and Lydenburg. We also visit the last residence in South Africa of the old ZAR President Paul Kruger (1825-1904). On this tour we travel about 1000 km's.

  • 5 days to 8 days extended tour to the Kruger Park. The above tour can be extended to include visiting the Kruger National Park, Pilgrims Rest, Blyderiver Canyon, Gods Window, Mac Mac, Berlyn and Lisbon falls on the upper meander of the scenic panoramic route before returning to Jo 'Burg.

    Includes accommodations and meals, return transfers Johannesburg / Pretoria, other starting points and destinations can be arranged to suit your itinerary.

     

    The tours can be customized to suit clients interests.

On commando
Guarding Pretoria
155mm Long Tom Gun
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Anglo-Zulu of KwaZulu-Natal 1879
Anglo-Boer of KwaZulu-Natal 1899 - 1902
Anglo-Boer-Zulu of KwaZulu-Natal 1879 & 1899-1902
Anglo-Boer of Eastern Transvaal 1899 - 1902
Anglo-Boer Siege Towns of Ladysmith, Kimberley & Mafekeng 1899 - 1902
Anglo-Boer Day Tours 1899 - 1902

 
Anglo Boer Zulu Battlefields Tours
 

Anglo-Boer Battlefields
Mafekeng, Kimberley & Bloemfontein

10 day tours to the siege towns of Mafekeng of Baden Powell, Warrens 1884 expedition, Kimberley with the Maggersfontein Battlefield of the Highland Regiments. The Free State Capital of Bloemfontein with Sannaspos, Queens Fort and the vrou memorial with the final resting place of Emily Hobhouse.


Anglo-Boer Battlefields 1899-1902
Ladysmith, Kimberley, Mafekeng & Bloemfontein,

19 day tour of the three siege towns of Ladysmith, Kimberley, and Mafekeng combined with the Free State Capital of Bloemfontein including the sites of the old Eastern Transvaal.
optional: a relaxing safari at either Umfolozi or Kruger National Park.

 

The tours can be customized to suit clients interests.

Tugela River - one of Bullers biggest obstacles during his attempts to relieve Ladysmith
Burgher Memorial - Anglo Boer war 1899 1902
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Anglo-Zulu of KwaZulu-Natal 1879
Anglo-Boer of KwaZulu-Natal 1899 - 1902
Anglo-Boer-Zulu of KwaZulu-Natal 1879 & 1899-1902
Anglo-Boer of Eastern Transvaal 1899 - 1902
Anglo-Boer Siege Towns of Ladysmith, Kimberley & Mafekeng 1899 - 1902
Anglo-Boer Day Tours 1899 - 1902

 
Historic Pretoria Day Tours
 

Military Museums & Historic Sites

  • Military Museums
    Jo'Burg Military History Museum (Half Day - can be extended)
    South African Air Force Museum (Half Day - can be extended)

  • Historic Sites of Pretoria (Full Day)
    British HQ - Melrose House, signing of the peace accord 1902
    Winston Churchill's Prison - by appointment
    Old Boer Fort 1896

  • Other places of interest (can be substituted with the full day tour)
    Breaker Morant's & Peter Handcock's grave site
    Church Square & Union Buildings
    Jan Smuts House
    Irene Concentration Camp

 

The tours can be customized to suit clients interests.

The Breakers final resting place
Breaker Morant
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