The Kwa-Zulu Natal Battlefields
The battlefields area surrounding Nambiti Private Game Reserve is the largest concentration of battlefields in South Africa. Guests from all over the world not only experience a true South African Safari with Big 5 encounters, luxurious lodge accommodation and tantalising meals but also the exciting battlefields tours and historical memorials in and around Nambiti Private Game Reserve.
Nambiti’s Relics Of War
There are numerous historical sights within the reserve that can be encountered on your daily African safari drives through the Nambiti Private Reserve :
- The remnants of British stone fortifications built during the Boer War
- A remarkable terraced gun emplacement site for cannons erected by the British during the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War
- A preserved settler homestead that goes back to the 1860’s, aptly known as “The Homestead” as well as cattle kraals which are scattered across the Reserve.
Bordering the Nambiti game reserve is where the real battles took place
South Africa’s Famous Battlefields
THE BATTLE OF ELANDSLAAGTE
Numerous Boer War and Zulu War battlefields can be found in the vicinity and interestingly the Battle of Elandslaagte played out to a large extent within the boundaries of Nambiti Game Reserve. The northern gate into the Reserve is appropriately known as Memorial Gate and the memorials of both British and Boer soldiers who fell in the Battle of Elandslaagte can be found. That battle is fascinating and unique for a number of reasons including a cavalry charge, modern rifles being used, controversy over a flag of truce, numerous foreign fighters, a raging thunderstorm and incredible bravery. Nambiti are honoured to keep the history of this unique encounter which took place more than 115 years ago alive.
The Battle of Elandslaagte and the Siege of Ladysmith were two memorable military encounters during the South African War of 1899-1902. Their defeat at Elandslaagte is still remembered bitterly by the Boers because of the actions of the British cavalry. Ladysmith is honoured by the British for its gallant resistance.
THE BATTLE OF RORKE’S DRIFT
The battle of Rorke’s Drift took place in the infirmise Anglo-Zulu War. This battle was fought on the 22 January 1879, the same day as the nearby Battle of Isandlwana. In the Battle of Rorke’s Drift the British army suffered the most humiliating defeat in its history against a native military force, fighting the Zulu army of King Cetshwayo.
THE BATTLE OF ISANDLWANA
On 22 January 1879 was the first major encounter in the Anglo-Zulu War between the British Empire and the Zulu Kingdom
All these famous battlefields are quite close the Nambiti Private game reserve and tours can be arranged to visit those special places. Other well-known battles that occurred in the area are Spionkop, The Siege of Ladysmith, Blood River, Thukela Heights, Colenso, and Vaalkrantz.
THE SIEGE OF LADYSMITH
The Siege of Ladysmith began when the Boers cut the railway and telegraph lines, on the 2nd November 1899 and lasted for 118 days. It began when General Joubert pushed General White’s army into ladysmith and laid siege to it at the beginning of the South African War. This was the shortest of the three major sieges in South African history, but the suffering was intense given the shortage of provisions.
Nambiti Introduces Rob Caskie, the “Engaging Battlefield Storyteller”
Rob Caskie is the ultimate battlefields story teller. He thrives on the challenge and reward of entertaining audiences in the theaters of their imagination and transporting them via the power of a story well-told.