The KwaZulu-Natal battlefields have always been very much worth a days trip reliving the past. The Drakensberg and Natal Midlands offer many opportunities to re-discover British, Zulu and Boer clashes on the battlefield. Infact KwaZulu-Natal now hosts the Battlefield Route, an experience that is a South Africa tour highlight.
Driving past Colenso today, it is hard to visualize that just over one hundred years ago General Buller's forces were spread across this same piece of veld. British soldiers struggling to cross the Tugela River against the concentrated fire from Boer guns sited in the hills surrounding the besieged town of Ladysmith.
The famous Battlefield of Spionkop is probably where your time is best spent. Over a century ago on the 24th January 1900, Spionkop was the scene of a bloody and futile battle fought between South Africans and British forces during the South African War, 1899 to 1902. There is a self guided tour of the battlefield or you could get a battlefield guide to show you around. Raymond Heron, a renowned historian, has a fascinating presentation on the war and the far-reaching effects it had on Britain and South Africa. During Raymond’s vivid presentation, one is able to relive memories of the war and walk in the footsteps of three great leaders – General Louis Botha, later to become the Union of South Africa’s first prime minister, and Mohandas (later the “Mahatma”) Gandhi, as well as Winston Churchill.