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ANGLO-ZULU WAR
1879


"THE CENTRAL COLUMN"
ISANDLWANA AND RORKE'S DRIFT

Follow the trail of Lord Chelmsford's ill-fated Central Column as they cross the Buffalo (uMzinyathi) River at Rorke's Drift and invade Zululand.

See the hills where they skirmished with Sihayo's warriors before burning his kraal.

Walk on the nek below the strange rock outcrop called Isandlwana where the British made their camp on 20th January 1879. Follow the events that led to the Zulu attack at midday on 22nd January, overrunning the camp in less than 3 hours and massacring some 1400 Imperial troops, Colonial volunteers and Native levies.

Let us tell you of the night of horror spent on the battlefield by the General and the men of his half of the column on their return from the Mangeni.

Visit the Mission Station at Rorke's Drift where the 90 odd men of "B" Company 2/24th Regiment together with a handful of hospital patients and commissariat officers fought a desperate 12 hour battle against some 4 000 Zulus earning 11 Victoria Crosses in the Process.

Walk through the "reconstructed" hospital building and get some idea of the fearful struggle that took place as the soldiers and patients fought hand to hand with the Zulus, while digging their way through the mud walls until finally exiting by a window into the yard leading to the defences around the store room.

Visiting these battlefields takes the best part of the day but there is still time to take in either Blood River or Fugitives' Drift if one leaves early enough

IZIQU - THE ZULU MONUMENT, ISANDLWANA
NYONI RIDGE OVERLOOKING THE ISANDLWANA BATTLEFIELD
THE MONUMENT TO THE 24TH - ISANDLWANA
RORKE'S DRIFT MISSION STATION
RORKE'S DRIFT MUSEUM
THE CEMETERY AT RORKE'S DRIFT