Zulu War Sites

If you’re keen on visiting Zulu War sites and want to find the best places to view Anglo-Zulu Wars history then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

Our selection of Zulu War sites is continuing to grow and you can plan some fantastic things to see on your trips. Once you’ve explored the list of Zulu War sites and selected those you wish to visit you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook. This indispensible holiday guide will help you make the most of your time exploring the sites of the Zulu Wars.

Our database of Zulu War historic places is expanding all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other Zulu War sites, remains or ruins, you can always add them to Trip Historic now by visiting our upload page.
 

Anglo-Zulu Wars: Site Index

Fort Rinella

Built in 1878 by the British, was the most technologically advanced war machine of its day., housing the 100-ton gun created by Sir William G. Armstrong, the world's largest muzzle-loader gun in History. Everyday day a full-animated tour is held in the Fort starting at 2 p.m.

DID YOU KNOW?

Fort Rinella was an imposing stronghold built in Malta in 1878 by the British. Intended to defend the harbour and British trade routes in the Mediterranean, particularly from the then perceived threat of the Italian navy, Fort Rinella was at the cutting edge of military design, boasting a 100-ton gun able to be fired every six seconds

Today Fort Rinella is managed by the Malta Heritage Trust which offers tours and films at the site. The main tour is at 2:30pm although there are different hourly tours.

Photo by NH53 (cc)

Isandlwana Battlefield

One of the most crucial Zulu Wars sites, Isandlwana Battlefield was the location of a British defeat in the Anglo-Zulu Wars.

DID YOU KNOW?

Isandlwana Battlefield in South Africa was the site of the Battle of Isandlwana during the Anglo-Zulu Wars. The Anglo-Zulu Wars were in part an attempt by the British to repress the Zulu army so as to pave the way for the creation of a Confederation of South Africa which united all of the colonial entities into one unit.

On 22 January 1879, on the same day as their success at Battle of Rorke’s Drift, the British Army suffered a major defeat at Isandlwana Battlefield. Around 1,750 British were camping at Isandlwana at the time or had arrived as reinforcements when they were besieged by approximately 20,000 Zulu warriors. The Zulu captured the camp and killed almost all of the soldiers, resulting in a decisive and humiliating defeat for the British.

It is thought that Lord Chelmsford, who was leading the British in the region, went to great lengths to cover up the defeat. It was also overshadowed by the victory at the Battle of Rorke’s Drift.

Today, memorials and markers show the points at Isandlwana Battlefield where British soldiers fell. There is also a small Isandlwana Battlefield museum at the visitor centre. A visit to Isandlwana Battlefield is usually coupled with one to nearby Rorke’s Drift, particularly as the two are connected by road.

Isandlwana Battlefield also features as one of our top visitor attractions in South Africa

Rorke’s Drift

Perhaps the most famous of the Zulu War sites, Rorke’s Drift was the location of a famous British victory in the Anglo-Zulu Wars.

DID YOU KNOW?

Rorke’s Drift in South Africa was the site of a famous battle during the Anglo-Zulu Wars in which 139 British soldiers fiercely and successfully defended the area and their garrison against between four and five thousand Zulu Warriors.

The Battle of Rorke’s Drift took place on 22 January 1879 and was a welcome piece of good news for the British following their disastrous defeat at Isandlwana Battlefield, which occurred on the same day. Considered to be one of the most heroic and brave defences in British military history, the Battle of Rorke’s Drift resulted in the award of a momentous eleven Victoria Crosses.

Today, there is a British memorial at Rorke’s Drift, where visitors can tour the battlefield and view the visitor centre. Most visitors also take the opportunity to visit the nearby Isandlwana Battlefield.

Rorke’s Drift features as one of our Top Ten tourist attractions in South Africa.