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“Celebrating 175yrs after the vow taken at Bloodriver” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Blood River Heritage Site

Blood River Heritage Site
Vechtkop | Sec 168, Dundee, South Africa
0346321695
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Ranked #2 of 3 attractions in Dundee
Type: History Museums, Historic Sites
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Owner description: This is the Blood River Heritage site.We can provide the visitor with accommodation, restaurant, curio shop, a dvd showing about the Battle of Blood River on the premises.
Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Celebrating 175yrs after the vow taken at Bloodriver”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

As a proud South African this site was an honour to visit. The video gives a short description of the battle and includes detail of the "fight." The wagons , the mountains, the river and the grass fields creates a special ambience and one can just imagine how that day in 1838 played out.

Non South Africans can be assured that this museum represents the truth and a display of the actual replica of the wagons as they were positioned in the battle. It is a pity that another building ,opposite the river ,was erected that completely spoils the scenery of this epic battle. The facts stated in that building are complete myths. And foreigners are misled from the actual facts that happened at Bloodriver.

So please visit Bloodriver to share the experience as it was during this epic battle where the Voortrekkers destroyed the Zulu's.

Visited December 2013
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“Always wanted to see this”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

I've wanted to see this monument since hearing about it. Although the wagons are not quite life-size, the monument is very impressive. I was lucky enough to have the entire site to myself while visiting and thoroughly enjoyed my visit. Take the time to view the short video at the visitors center and wander around the museum/gift shop looking at all the antiques on display in amongst the merchandise.

Visited November 2013
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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“Execllent setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Great Museum that really gave an over view of how things where set. Really allowed the context to be understood - friendly staff - very willing to help, good large open areas for kids to run - or you can just drive to that various points if you prefer - but fabulous to be able to see the actual location and to get a real sense of what took place.

Visited November 2013
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Centurion, South Africa
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“Probably one of the most facinating battles of significance between Zulu warrior and Voortrekkers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

After watching the introductory video on the time before and during the Bloodriver siege we were deeply touched by the dramatic essence of the battle. Arriving at the laager one can imagine the viscousness of the battle that took place in the early hours of Sunday morning 16 December 1838. Imagine the noise of spear on shield, shouts of encouragement and the signal to charge, immediately followed by the sounds of the Sannas {guns) firing and then the loud boom of the cannons. Later followed by the howling of the wounded and cries for help steers goosebumps through any imaginative body. The battle was won by the great leadership of Andries Pretoruis and his brave men. Lost by the Zulu Impi's because of poor decision making by King Dingane's Chieftains.

Visited November 2013
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“A remarkable memorial to the significant Zulu-Boer battle of 1838.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

One of the most remarkable aspects of this site is the full size reproduction laager, or encirclement of voortecker wagons cast in steel and bronze coated. The first part of the visit is to see a well produced video describing the events and how the attacks took place. The Zulus were a well disciplined fighting force but the Voortrekkers had set up their laager with great care and used natural features like ravines to help their defence.

It is a pity that the roads to the site are so bad and poorly signposted, so that when we left we ended up heading to Vryheid instead of Melmoth.

However the site is well worth making the effort to go and see.

Visited November 2013
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