Blood was shed on these lands, the plain of Isandlwana. The British
suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Zulus. On these now quiet
grassy plains, the then world superpower was humiliated by a native
force. Keep an eye on the ground as you walk the battle site; there is
still evidence of what took place here.
Flying into Durban we head north to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi
National Park. Here we have four days of game walks and drives with
rangers with the chance to see giraffe, impala, nyala, warthog, white
rhino, wildebeest and zebra. Boat safaris bring us close to crocodiles,
hippos and a wealth of birdlife.
We now head inland to Dundee, a small town rich in Boer
heritage, where British troops withdrew from Zulu land after their
defeat at the battle of Isandlwana during the 1879 Anglo Zulu War.
The first shots of the Second Anglo Boer war were fired in Dundee
in what later became known as the Battle of Talana. We have the
whole day with a specialist military guide who will bring the battle
fields to life.
We continue towards the Drakensberg Mountains. Zulus call
them the Barrier of Spears. Our first centre is at Cathedral Peak
in the Ukhalhamba-Drakensberg National Park. The Drakensberg’s
rugged escarpment provides a dramatic background to the gentle
green and rolling hills of the KwaZulu Natal Midlands. We can walk
straight from our hotel out onto the peaks and buttresses of the
surrounding mountains. For those who like to relax, this is one of
our most comfortable and superbly located hotels, the perfect place
to take it easy in style.
Cavern Berg is in a stunning location on the edge of the Royal
Natal National Park, dominated by the Amphitheatre, a crescentshaped
wide which soars
out on foot
the amazing mountain