Historic Battle Sites near Sneezewood
Renowned for its location at the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields, you’ll find the following within a 60 minute drive of Dundee and we are happy to assist with arrangements for guided tours:
BATTLE OF BLOOD RIVER – 16 December 1838
48km from Dundee (approx 30 minutes). A small but informative visitors centre is located at Blood River and the bronze ox wagon laager is an incredible sight. A battle won by the Voortrekkers against the Zulus using the laager technique. www.bloedrivier.org.za
On the opposite side of the river is Ncome Museum which gives an insight into the battle from a Zulu perspective.
BATTLE OF ISANDLWANA – 22 January 1879
The biggest loss suffered by the British against the mighty Zulu army. 80km from Dundee.
FUGITIVES DRIFT – 22 January 1879
Located on private land, here is where the two Lieutenants responsible for saving the Queen’s Colour died. Tours arranged through Fugitive’s Drift Lodge (fee payable)
BATTLE OF RORKE’S DRIFT – 22 January 1879
Victory of 100 British soldiers over 4000 Zulu warriors ending after 12 hours of battle. The most number of Victoria Crosses awarded in one single battle were awarded here.
BATTLE OF TALANA – 20 October 1899
The first major battle between the Boers and the British. The Talana Museum is a popular tourist stop and no visit to the area is complete without stopping here. Located in Dundee. www.talana.co.za
BATTLE OF ELANDSLAAGTE - 21st October 1899
The second major battle of the Anglo Boer War.
BATTLE OF SPIOENKOP - 24th January 1900
One of the bloodiest battles in the attempt to relieve the Siege of Ladysmith by the Boers. The original British trench line on top of Spioenkop Hill is now a mass grave. Approximately 80 minutes drive, located outside Ladysmith.