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Rorke's Drift

Dundee, South Africa
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Ranked #380 of 1,095 attractions in South Africa
Type: Historic Sites, Battlefields
Description: Scene of a bloody battle in 1879 between 150 soldiers defending a supply station and more than 4,000 warriors during the Anglo-Zulu War.
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English first
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I visited this interesting site three years ago and was a little dissapointed. Nothing remains of the original buildings and the small museum does not do what happened here justice. The Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh in Brecon is more informative and has many more artifacts to see.

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London, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
34 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Unfortunately I did not appreciate a visit to Rorke's Drift as I am not really interested in wars. My visit was part of a guided tour of the area. It was nice to wander round and I must see the film now as it may heighten my interest, The most diverting incident was listening to the singing from the church... More

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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
22 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Although most of the original features were burnt down in the battle for Rorke's Drift what has been recreated does it great justice. A very good museum that leads through what was the hospital has information from both the English and Zulu sides. Dioramas of what happened and info boards. Outside you can follow a self guided trail SAR3 which... More

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Haworth, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

we had to travel about 13kl on a rough side road to get here , but worth it in the end , there are guides if you would like a more detailed journey around the site who make it all sound alive and frightening, them poor men on that fateful day must have been terrified , there is a museum... More

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Pontefract, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
36 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

The guide was very knowledgeable on the subject and told us very detailed stories about the battles that took place here which were moving. There is also an open air museum to walk around with lots of different buildings to go inside.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

It takes a lot of effort to go to Rorke's Drift, but for anyone interested in British military history, this is a very moving place to visit. The museum is very small, but it is based in the hospital building that the Zulus attacked that fateful day. There is also a very small gift shop. We had a very knowledgeable... More

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Top Contributor
124 reviews 124 reviews
30 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Since seeing the movie "Zulu" I have wanted to see the site of the battle it depicts, and a visit to this hauntingly peaceful site made the conflict even more interesting. We stayed at nearby Rorke's Drift Hotel, but hadn't time to invest half a day (or more) to hire a guide. So visited the small museum and visitors center... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

I set off on our first day of battle field tours with some trepidation, I'm neither that into history, or war, so had prepared myself for a rather dull day. This museum is however really well set out and informative and it's in a lovely setting.

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I was very interested in a visit to the battlefields as my grandparents and great grandparents were Welsh and i was looking to see if any Williams where buried there. We had a very enthusiastic tour guild called Dalton who was the great ,great grandson of the Zulu Chief and gave a detailed story of the battle itself. It was... More

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Leicestershire, England
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

The battlefield is now a very quiet and peaceful site. It is not easy to get to with a c30km drive along an unmade road (so the site was not busy when we visited, except for school trips) but worth it. There is a very informative and detailed museum with a small shop and cafe. There are still several relics... More

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