The Natal Battlefields is a beautifully scenic part of the province and is steeped in some amazing History and culture. This is where some very famous battles were fought between Zulu’s, British and Boers. There are 2 distinct areas to the battlefields so depending on your interests you may find one area more relevant for you than the other. Or you may like to combine them to get the full picture of South Africa’s battle history.

Some famous names who took part in these historical moments and helped define South Africa’s course are Winston Churchill, Mahatma Ghandi, General Louis Botha and the ultimate Zulu warrior and King – Shaka Zulu. Battles like “The Battle of Blood River” or the “Battle of Isandlwana” have unbelievable stories of courage, bravery and valour behind them. Listen to experts rein act these amazing scenes and feel like you too are part of the legend.

Imagining the conditions of battle long ago while sitting on your veranda or deck overlooking the valleys and hills is a very humbling experience. It is also very picturesque. Undulating landscapes, rocky outcrops, lone forts and small graveyards, indigenous aloes with their deep red flowers and the whispers of by gone eras.

Natal accommodation options vary from traditional Zulu homes to luxury lodges like Fugitives Drift, or the warm hospitality of a traditional colonial farmhouse at Three Trees Hill Lodge. If you are not only interested in Battlefields and find yourself spending a night or 2 in the area, the majestic Drakensburg is the backdrop and provides scenic walks. Game drives and bird watching for those nature enthusiasts. There is golf, horse riding, and interaction with local communities for local activities and tours.

Look at our destination information and tips page for the best time to visit this gorgeous province. Or chat to one of our expert consultants.



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About "Battlefields"


Enjoying pride of place in a private game reserve in the world-famous battlefields of the area, Isibindi Zulu Lodge is nestled in rugged bushveld and the ideal platform from where to enjoy magical wildlife sightings and enriching cultural experiences. Taking its cue from the architectural legacy of the Zulu nation, the lodge is within close proximity of breathtaking gorges, waterfalls and rock paintings. Read More

With the dramatic backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains and with views of the sweeping and secluded Mfazimnyama Valley in the Spioenkop Game Reserve, the eco-friendly Three Tree Hill Lodge has been awarded a Green Leaf Environmental Award with good reason. It not only offers spectacular scenery, but also boasts locally grown farm-style country food, superb service, the most relaxing environment and Africa's warmest welcome. Read More

Overlooking the historical Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift (which includes the sight where Lieutenants Melville and Coghill lost their lives attempting to save the Queen's Colour of their regiment), the mesmerising Fugitives' Drift is a Natural Heritage Site. Offering accommodation in both a luxurious guesthouse and in the lodge, it is one of the most coveted destinations in the famous Battlefields area. Read More