The tranquil hills and grasslands of Zululand carry many a famous battle scar.
The canvas os of the 19th century was filled with one historical drama after another as three forces pitted their armies against each other - fighting for land and supremacy. Between 1836 and 1852, Zulu warriors clashed with boer settlers.Some years later the might of the British military was hurled against the Zulu nation during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, and the independent Afrikaner movements twice took up arms against the British Empire - first from 1880 to 1881 and then for three years during the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902).
The tranquil hills and grasslands of Zululand carry many a famous battle scar. The largest concentration of battle sites in South Africa are to be found in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Visited by military history enthusiasts from around the world, the sites are visitor friendly and linked by the Battlefields Route. Several of the key towns on the Route are in Zululand, as are dozens of battlefields and fortifications, museums, war graves and memorials.
The Zululand towns on the Battlefields Route are Eshowe, Melmoth, Ulundi, Babanango, Vryheid and Paulpietersburg. Between them they offer a fascinating array of military landmarks that capture the atmosphere of a turbulent past. The Route can be travelled as a self-drive adventure, and an excellent guide-map is available from all local tourist information offices. Alternately, join a tailor-made battlefield tour in the company of a specialist guide.