Shore Excursions

Discover the Epic Battlefields of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana on a 2-Day Adventure with Durban Safaris and Tours

Looking for a shore excursion that’s unique and unforgettable? Then check out our overnight tour to Rorkes Drift and Isandlwana

Are you a cruise ship passenger ready to embark on a captivating journey into the heart of South Africa’s history? Are you looking for a shore excursion beyond the ordinary?

Look no further than Durban Safaris and Tours, where we invite you to join us on an unforgettable 2-day expedition to the iconic battlefields of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana.

This exclusive tour, designed with cruise ship passengers in mind, promises to immerse you in the rich heritage and dramatic tales of these historic sites.

Day 1: Departure from Durban or Richards Bay

Our adventure begins with the flexibility to choose between departing from Durban or Richards Bay, ensuring that your journey aligns perfectly with your cruise ship schedule. Regardless of your starting point, we guarantee an enchanting experience awaits.

We’ll collect you and your colleagues dockside from the ship ensuring your overnight battlefield journey is as convenient as being on the ship.

Day 1: Isandlwana Battlefield – A Haunting Legacy

Your journey starts as we ascend the graceful rolling hills of Zululand and head to the hauntingly beautiful Isandlwana Battlefield, where the Zulu army trounced the British forces camped on the hillside.

British redcoat reenactors demonstrating extended order at the foot of Isandlwana on the battlefield itself

Here, the Zulu warriors achieved a historic victory over British forces. Explore the terrain, hear the tales, and reflect upon the events that unfolded on this hallowed ground.

The battlefield remains much today as it was in 1879 when the men of the 24th Regiment stood fast against a mass of Zulu warriors, the war cry of “uSuthu” being heard even over the crash of 7 lb cannon fire.

Walk the field of combat and contemplate the stone cairns that mark the final resting places of British soldiers sent to do battle against the great King Cetswayo of the Zulu people.

Rorke’s Drift Hotel – Your Oasis of Comfort

As the day winds down, you’ll be welcomed to the Rorke’s Drift Hotel, your luxurious haven nestled amid the breathtaking landscape.

View from the Mzinyathi River up to the Rorkes Drift Hotel

Enjoy a gin and tonic on the deck overlooking the burbling Mzinyathi (Buffalo) River as the sun goes down over the site where the British crossed in 1879.

Unwind in the cozy accommodations, soak in the tranquil atmosphere, and savor a delectable dinner prepared to satisfy your taste buds. A restful night’s sleep awaits, setting the stage for another day of exploration.

Day 2: Fugitives Drift: A Glimpse into the Past

After a hearty breakfast you’ll head straight to Fugitives Drift to see for yourself the site at which the first posthumous V.C.’s where earned and where desperate chanced the flooded Mzinyathi River for the safety of the Natal bank.

Although the original house was destroyed during the battle, the house was rebuilt (slightly smaller)

Here, you’ll learn about the incredible events that unfolded during the Zulu War, as we stand where history was made.

Rorke’s Drift Battlefield: Where Heroism and Valor Converge

Our final stop on this tour is the renowned Rorke’s Drift Battlefield, a site etched in history for its heroic defense during the Anglo-Zulu War.

Our knowledgeable guides will lead you through the very spots where 139 British soldiers valiantly defended their outpost against thousands of Zulu warriors in 1879.

Redcoat reenactors explore Durnford’s Dongo at the very base of Isandlwana

Walk though the very farm house that Pvt’s Hook, Cole, Williams and other brave men valiantly defended against the Zulu. Explore the lines of defense that Lt’s Chard and Bromhead established and men like Pvt Hitch, Surgeon Reynolds, Dunne and others fought hand to hand over.

Hear the stories of bravery, witness the impressive landscape, and imagine the courage it took to hold the line.

Return to Durban or Richards Bay with Cherished Memories

As our 2-day adventure draws to a close, we’ll make our way back to your chosen departure point, either Durban or Richards Bay.

You’ll carry with you the vivid memories of these historic battlefields, the knowledge of their significance, and a deeper appreciation for the courage and resilience of those who fought here.

Why Choose Durban Safaris and Tours?

  • Expertly guided tours by knowledgeable and qualified battlefield guides.
  • Comfortable accommodations at Rorke’s Drift Hotel with dinner and breakfast included.
  • Flexible departure options from Durban or Richards Bay to suit your cruise ship schedule.
  • An immersive experience that delves into the heroic past of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana.
  • A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the heart of South Africa’s history.

Don’t miss this chance to journey through time and uncover the tales of valor and sacrifice that have shaped South Africa’s past.

Book your Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana tour with Durban Safaris and Tours today and make your cruise stopover an adventure to remember.

Discover the extraordinary stories that unfolded on these hallowed grounds and leave with cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

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    The lounge and dining room of the unique Rorkes Drift Hotel that has been designed to resemble the traditional beehive huts of the Zulu people
    Dramatic view towards the site of Helpmekaar on top of the Biggarsberg with the swimming pool of the hotel in the foreground.