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

12 days from £3,199pp

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

Tour Introduction

Seen the iconic war movie, Zulu and want to understand more about the true story behind the motion picture? Then join us as we delve into the history of the South African Military and the legendary Boer War. We see battlefields that are rich in British history, such as Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana. Explore Ladysmith and Colenso and experience the history around Ulundi and Zululand, all whilst we discuss the battles and learn the true history of South African Boer War.

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

Day - 1

Fly overnight from Heathrow to Johannesburg.

Included meals: Dinner*

Day - 2

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

Key Visits

  • Dundee

Days 3 & 4 - Isandlwana & Rorke’s Drift

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 (4)

Key Visits

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

Day - 5 - Dundee

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

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Key Visits

  • Dundee
  • Talana Museum

Day - 6 - Ladysmith & Colenso

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 (3)

Key Visits

  • Colenso
  • Spioenkop
  • Ladysmith

Day - 7 - Voortrekkers

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

Voortrekkers Monument

Voortrekkers Monument (2)

Key Visits

  • Voortrekkers Monument
  • Lancaster Hill

Day - 8 - Hlobane

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

Key Visits

  • Hlobane
  • Kambula

Day - 9 - 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


Zululand (2)

Key Visits

  • Zululand
  • Zulu kings Valley

Day - 10 - Ulundi

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

Key Visits

  • Ulundi

Day -11

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*

Day -12

Morning arrival at London Heathrow Airport.

Included meals: Breakfast*

*Meals marked with an asterisk are taken in flight.

Specialist Battlefield Guides

All of Leger’s battlefield tours are accompanied by specialist guides. Their individual in-depth knowledge of warfare will be informative, as well as enhance your overall experience, as they recreate a fascinating perception of the history and factual events of each battle. Discover the actual catalysts for war, the strategies employed and the final, inevitable outcomes, as well as experiencing the emotional human side of the front line.

Please note: On certain tours, you may get tour guides other that the ones listed below.

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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.

Travel Options

All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.

When it comes to getting to the Battlefields, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you choose from.

Your Flights

Flights are with South African Airways or British Airways (BA) from London Heathrow to Johannesburg and return from Durban. All prices and airports are subject to availability. Flight supplements may apply. Please call for more details. This holiday is operated by Leger Air Holidays Ltd. ATOL 3880.

We will book flights to coincide with the arrival of other passengers joining the tour from a variety of UK airports. This is to enable the smooth operation of transfers for the group. Your flight times will be confirmed with your travel documents.

If your chosen airport indicates a supplement may apply, we will contact you shortly to discuss.


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