South Africa 2011 – Part 2

Took a trip to Isandhlwana and Rorke's Drift battle sites in KwaZulu-Natal, during 25th and 26th August 2011. Overnighted in Isandhlwana Lodge and enjoyed the magnificent hospitality. Unmatched views from our room, King Cetshwayo's Room (Cetshwayo kaMpande). Isandlhwana Lodge is carved into the iNyoni rock overlooking Mount Isandlhwana, the site of the historic Anglo-Zulu war battle which took place on the 22nd of January, 1879 -- where the greatest single defeat of the British Army at the hands of a native army took place. Surplus revenue generated by Isandhlwana Lodge goes to the local Tribal Trust for use in building schools, clinics and enhancing the life of villagers. Isandhlwana is approximately 10 miles south-east of Rorke's Drift and 105 miles north by north-west of Durban. The cairns on the battlefield site mark the mass graves of circa 1,300 soldiers -- lives lost due to the invincible stupidity of their commander, Lord Chelmsford, in contrast to the superb Zulu generalship. The Battle of Rorke's Drift took place on 23rd January 1879.