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Rorke's Drift

Dundee, South Africa
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Ranked #359 of 1,116 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
Gold Coast
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73 reviews 73 reviews
42 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Having first visited the location of battlefields at Isandlwana (which was well worth the trip as it gives a good understanding of how the battle was won there, and the enormous loss of life is marked out by white painted cairns dotted around the hill showing where men had died and were now buried) we drove on to Rourke's Drift.... More

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Camborne, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Having researched Rorke's Drift extensively (including a visit to the fabulous Royal Welsh Regimental Museum in Brecon) I was disappointed that when I got there nothing original remains. The museum displays aren't a patch on the much superior ones in Brecon and it was difficult to envisage the scene that those brave soldiers faced in 1879. Rorke's Drift is remote... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Good museum that tells the story of the battle well. Be sure to visit the memorial to the Zulu warriors.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I loved the trip to the battlefields and the expert knowledge of our Zulu guide Thulani. The view from our lodge was breathtaking and our 9 month old baby son loved every minute of it!!

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
36 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
47 reviews 47 reviews
24 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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106 reviews 106 reviews
52 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 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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