Trip Report

Rorkes Drift Day Tour Trip Report for 17 November 2022

It’s a long day in the car, but my guests love this once in a lifetime opportunity to visit the battlefields of Rorkes Drift and Isandlwana.

This was a very last minute booking by Michael and his Partner Cheryl. They were in Durban for a family wedding and wanted to visit Rorkes Drift on the one day that they had free with no family commitments.

We left Westville (a suburb of Durban) at the usual 6am and headed westwards towards Pietermariztburg. This is not the usual route I take, but the radio had reported some traffic issue on the usual route and I figured it would be easier.

I was wrong.

What should have been a simple 4 hour drive took 5 hours. Fortunately we were travelling through some of the most scenic landscape in South Africa so my guests were quite happy.

Because Rorkes Drift was the ultimate goal for the day, we stopped there first and spent quite a bit of time exploring the battlefield and discussing the various aspects of the day. We also had a delicious picnic lunch there before heading onto Isandlwana.

After lunch we started making our way back to Durban via the Melmoth / Ulundi route. We did stop at Isandlwana for a short exploration since this battle was so pivotal in what happened next at Rorkes Drift. After the short visit we started back, stopping here and there for Cheryl to take lots of photo’s of the landscape including some very entertaining goats!

All in all, it was a great day out.

Want to Visit Rorkes Drift on a Day Trip from Durban?

The company owner and tour guide, Shelldon Wells, poses for a selfie at the St Lucia estuary. The dark waters of the estuary are behind him.

I offer a number of different options for tours to Rorkes Drift and Isandlwana from Durbanday tours, overnight (2 day) and multi-day tours. If you would like to find out more about the battlefield tours, then simply visit my contact page and get in touch.

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