The Battlefields in KwaZulu Natal is ideal for visitors interested in history and culture and wanting to explore the fascinating KwaZulu Natal Battlefields, legends of the area. Experienced and knowledgeable guides will accompany visitors on tours of the Battlefields, taking a look back to the 1800's and going through each battle in detail. If these historic legends inspire your adventurous spirit this is the place for you. A variety of outdoor and adventure activities are available; such as, white-water rafting down the rapids of the mighty Thukela, horse-riding, quad-bike rides, nature trails, game drives or sailing on the Chelmsford dam.
Fugitives' Drift Lodge is positioned on a 5000 acre Natural Heritage Site and overlooks both Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Experience thought-provoking tours to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Walks and horserides through the reserve are great ways to view the abundant game and birdlife.
Isandlwana Lodge is carved into the iNyoni rock overlooking Mount Isandlwana, which is the site of the historic Anglo-Zulu battle which took place in 1879. Relax at the luxurious lodge and learn about the history of both the Anglo Zulu and Anglo Boer Wars, and enjoy the vibrant culture of the modern Zulu people.
Sun Safaris can arrange scheduled flights from most major airports to either Durban or Pietermaritzburg airports for guests who wish to explore the area. The Battlefields also offers easy access from either Johannesburg or Durban for guests who wish to self-drive on good roads. Sun Safaris can arrange a rental car or book a road transfer for guests' convenience. The drive time from Johannesburg will take between 4 and a half to 5 and a half hours; from Durban 4-5 hours.
The Battlefields is home to some of South Africa's most magnificent game reserves, allowing guests the opportunity to combine Zululand's rich wildlife heritage with the living history of the battlefields. Reserves in the area include Umfolozi and Hluhluwe game reserves. These adjoining game reserves are host to Africa's Big Five; elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo; however, perhaps best known for the part they played in preventing the extinction of Africa's black rhino population. Both the black and white species of rhino are found here. The Mkuze Falls Game Reserve is world renowned for its abundance of bird life. More than 500 species of birds have been recorded in Mkuze. Other reserves include Itala Game Reserve in the north.
The climate in the area is moderate; situated at an altitude of 1247 meters above sea level, the summers (October until March) are warm with average maximum temperatures of 27°C. Winters (June to August) have average minimum temperatures of 1,2°C in the early mornings and evenings.
The area receives summer rainfall with an average rainfall of 740mm per year. Long days of sunshine make this destination the ideal year round holiday or safari