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Rorke's Drift

Address: Dundee, South Africa
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Type: Historic sites, Battlefields, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Scene of a bloody battle in 1879 between 150 soldiers defending a supply station and more than...
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Type: Historic sites, Battlefields, Sights & Landmarks
Owner 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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Fife Scotland
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96 reviews 96 reviews
24 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Staying at the Fugitives's Drift, we added this tour to the Isandlwana tour which we had done in the morning.Andrew our guide (he and Alistair do turn about) was, as Alistair, highly knowledgeable about the the battle and once more we heard on our way to the site a commentary by the late David Rattray about the battle. It is... More 

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london
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Although it was great to see where the battle took place, it looks nothing like it did then. New buildings have replaced the originals, and stone slabs have been placed where the mealie bags and wagons were stacked as a defensive wall, and I couldn't visualize the scene. I also believe the surrounding fields were more open, and trees now... More 

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Bristol
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277 reviews 277 reviews
78 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We had an independent guide and he was excellent. Mind you he was told to restrict his time to one hour but he wanted to spend three hours. Bear in mind that of much of the year it is baking hot and standing around in the open sunlight can wilt both Zulu and Red-Coat alike. Should not be missed if... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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103 reviews 103 reviews
42 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

After visiting Durban we drove up past the Drakenbergs to Isibindi Zulu Lodge where we visited Rorke's Drift which is the more famous of two battles where 11 VCs were awarded. The place is amazing and our guide Mike Nel was excellent. We had a full day tour and he knew his stuff. Mike tells a good story and even... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

The film Zulu seems to be on tv every xmas. It was great to finally be there at the site of the battle. It is quite easy to make out the different sections of the site as shown in the film, including the last line of defence where the mealie bags were piled up. The film was a fairly accurate... More 

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Lightwater Uk
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234 reviews 234 reviews
49 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Driving from the Drakensburg to St. Lucia we decided to visit Rorke's Drift and were so glad we did. Its about 18km off the main road on a dirt track, we did it easily in our rental sedan. There is a good size car park and a small cabin to buy tickets and a guide. The buildings, obviously reconstructed still... More 

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Langtoft, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

After Isandlwana we moved to Rouke's Drift which is perhaps the more famous of the two battle (well we Brits did quite well in the second one). For anyone who has seen zulu the hairs on the back of your neck stand up as you walk the ground where 11 VCs were awarded. There is however a hint that perhaps... More 

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Empangeni, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Home from home . . . . . . . . . . This is on our doorstep and only discovered how rich the area is in history

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

It was a lovely sunny day and we decided to buy the booklet for a self guided tour and do it ourselves. The booklet was very informative and we spent a couple of hours wandering round as the battle site is actually much smaller than we imagined. The museum is very interesting and informative, and there is also a small... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
21 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The film itself is an iconic rendition of perhaps the most famous battle in British history that is not without plenty of pure Hollywood moments. No 'Men of Harlech' sung here, no pristine white helmets', no Drakensburg mountain range in the background, no Welsh Regiment but the British Army's 24th Regiment of Foot. What is still here is a very... More 

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