Isandlwana, Rorkes Drift and Fugitives Drift Battlefields Day Tour from Durban | La Vacanza Travel

Isandlwana, Rorkes Drift and Fugitives Drift Battlefields Day Tour from Durban

Duration: 14 hours
Destination: South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Durban

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  • 14 hours
  • Durban
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


This 14-hour tour takes you back into South African history, with a journey to the Isandlwana Battlefields. We will take you through the sites and regale you with the fascinating details of the greatest defeat in the history of British Colonial occupation in South Africa.

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Stop At: 199 D4, Rorke's Drift South Africa

The tour progresses to the Battle of Rorke's Drift, also known as the Defence of Rorke's Drift,. The defence of the mission station of Rorke's Drift immediately followed the British Army's defeat at the Battle of Isandlwana on 22 January 1879, and continued into the following day. The last stop is Fugitives Drift and the Queens Colours memorial before we make the journey back to Durban.

Stop At: Isandlwana Battlefield, Isandlwana South Africa

The Battle of Isandlwana on 22 January 1879 was the first major encounter in the Anglo–Zulu War between the British Empire and the Zulu Kingdom. Eleven days after the British commenced their invasion of Zululand in South Africa, a Zulu force of some 20,000 warriors attacked a portion of the British main column consisting of about 1,800 British, colonial and native troops and perhaps 400 civilians.

Stop At: Fugitive's Drift, KwaZulu Natal, Rorke's Drift 3016 South Africa

The last stop is Fugitives Drift and the Queens Colours memorial before we make the journey back to Durban

Duration: 30 minutes

  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Isandlwana Battlefield
  • Entry/Admission - Rorke's Drift

  • Food and drinks
  • 06:00 AM
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 07:00 PM
  • You are looking for Battlefield Site Tour.
  • Stroller accessible
  • You want to experience and learn about the Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • German and Polish languages can be requested (on request)
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Wheelchair user: Any traveler using wheelchair have to inform us for confirmation
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 99 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Departure Point

Durban, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Traveler pickup is offered
Pick-up at 1st Zulu Safaris Office at Tropicana Hotel, 85 OR Tambo Parade we also do pick-up at the Durban Harbour Passenger Terminal or any pick-up at a 5 km radius from Tropicana Hotel. For special pick-up arrangements contact us.


  • Durban Harbour Passenger Terminal

Departure Time

06:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


14 hours

User's Reviews


28 Mar, 2024

The visit to the site of the battlefields is well worth the long journey. My experience was spoilt by the fact I was charged for pickup and drop off at my hotel by the local tour operator when my confirmation said it was included. La Vacanza Travel refused to deduct this from my tour cost, which was £220. When I contacted the local tour operator the day before the tour, they didn’t even have me on then records, and it was booked 3 months beforehand. Other people in my South Africa tour party booked the tour also through La Vacanza Travel for £120 and had lunch included, and I wasn’t even taken for a lunch stop all day by 1st Zulu Safaris. Despite all these setbacks, I made the most of the day and enjoyed what I saw.


08 Feb, 2024

This was a fantastic trip to some awe-inspiring historic places. The drive is beautiful and the tour guide Aaron was very knowledgeable and n ie to chat to! Would highly recommend this tour!


07 Feb, 2024

We booked with Zulu Safaris to do a 2 Day Battlefield Tour in October 2023. This was advertised as a having a qualified Tour Guide. Departure was to be from their office at the Gooderson Tropicana Hotel so we booked accomodation handy for an early pickup. They havent had an office there for several years. We ended up with a driver who sat with his car at the sites we visited. We got pointed in the general direction of the museum and videos to watch at the sites. But there was no guided tour by our "tour guide" at any of the sites to get an explanation or a better understanding of the battles that occured. Which is why we went. The photo on Zulu Safaris web site of a guide talking to a group at Isandlwana is not what we got. We were left to wander around on our own and try our best to interpret the site. We knew that we had to pay for lunch but on the second day, there was nothing organised. We were lucky to be able to tag onto another group at Fugitives Drift Lodge for lunch on Day 2. We had a puncture in the hot part of the day in the middle of nowhere and the driver had trouble finding where the jack parts were and didnt know how to change a tyre safely - ie put a stone in front of the wheel so that the car didnt roll off the jack!!!We had difficulty understanding his English (and vice versa) so it was very difficult to ask questions about the country we were travelling through and the sites. When the driver dropped us off at our accommodation back at Durban, he just drove off - no hand shake, nothing. We got the distinct impression that he didnt really want to be there for those 2 days. Although we complained and got a small refund, I would not recommend using Zulu Safaris to do a guided tour of these battlefields. You would get much better guides if you booked direct at the accommodation Lodges at Isandlwana or Fugitives Drift. It was an expensive disappointment for us.


05 Dec, 2023

A very good excursion. Guide was excellent and well-informed. The battlefields were interesting and the monuments and memorials were moving. Good museums at Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift. Excellent lunch at Fugitives Drift. Thoroughly enjoyable.


18 Nov, 2023

Our tour guide Thami picked us up at our chosen destination right on time. From meeting us he was full of information about our tour. After he told us what would happen on our tour. He played a cd that told the story of what happened at Isandlwana, Rorkes Drift and Fugitives Drift. It brought the tour to life listening to it. When we arrived at Isandlwana, we went to the museum and watched a short video, before walking through the museum, where we seen many interesting exhibits. Thami then took us to the top of the hill and showed us where the Zulu formed their buffalo head and horns attack on Isandlwana. Thami them walked us round all the memorials, starting off with the Zulu memorial . It was amazing to be there and take in all the history. We then moved on to Rorkes Drift and Fugitives Drift, where Thami walked us around the museum and all the buildings and memorials, explaining what each one was. And telling us what happened at the different places. We finished at a beautiful Lodge at Fugitives Drift, where we had the most delicious lunch and met the most amazing hosts and staff. The whole tour was amazing and well worth the money.

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