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Rorke's Drift

Dundee, South Africa
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Ranked #256 of 949 Attractions in South Africa
Type: Battlefields, Historic Sites, Cultural
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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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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Surrey, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We spent eight hours with our guide Thulani, who brought to life the story of the battles of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift for us as we travelled with him from one location to another. It was so interesting and we were so pleased to have him as our guide as he was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We could really visualise... More

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Very good to see the scene of the 11 VCs which were awarded in the defence of this Mission Station, nice little museum and a recently built monument to the Zulu dead. There was a fearful thunderstorm during our visit so I shall remember it for that as well.

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Gold Coast
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84 reviews 84 reviews
45 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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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
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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
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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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66 reviews 66 reviews
37 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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