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King Senzangakhona’s Grave

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eMakhosini Opathe Heritage Park, Ulundi, KwaZulu Natal

101 | Senzangakhona, father of King Shaka, Dingane and Mpande. Buried at esiKlebheni, near Mgungundlovu. Site of the repository of Read More →

King Shaka’s Grave

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King Shaka's Grave, KwaDukuza, KwaZulu Natal

102 | 1828 King Shaka was buried here in 1828 after his assassination by his half brothers Dingane and Mhlangana while Read More →

Mgungundlovu

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Mgungundlovu, eMakhosini Opathe Heritage Park, Ulundi, KwaZulu Natal

103 | Site of the partially restored royal residence of King Dingane kaSenzangakhona between 1829 and 1838. Nearby is the Read More →

Gqokli Hill Battlefield

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Ulundi Area, KwaZulu Natal

104 | This is the site of the epic battle in April 1818 between the forces of King Shaka and Read More →

Ondini Cultural Museum and site of King Cetshwayo’s Royal Residence

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eMakhosini Opathe Heritage Park, Ulundi, KwaZulu Natal

105 | Open-air museum and partially reconstructed isigodlo (harem) of King Cetshwayo's royal residence as well as Ondini Cultural Museum. Read More →

Ndondakusuka

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Near John Ross Road Bridge, Mandeni, KwaZulu Natal

106 | 2 December 1856 Site of battle between Prince Cetshwayo and his brother Prince Mbuyazi, which established Cetshwayo as King Read More →

eMakhosini Ophate Heritage Park

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eMakhosini Opathe Heritage Park, Ulundi, KwaZulu Natal

107 | This is the "Valley of the Kings" and within the park you will find the burial places of Read More →

Dingane’s Spring

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Dingane's Spring, Ulundi Area, KwaZulu Natal

108 | Take the Mtonjaneni turnoff on R34. A short distance past Mtonjaneni Lodge on the right you will see Read More →

Mpande’s Grave – Nodwengu Museum

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Mpande’s Grave, Ulundi, KwaZulu Natal

109 | King Mpande ruled Zululand from 1840 to 1872 and managed to live in harmony with both the Voortrekkers Read More →

Kerkenberg

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Kerkenberg, Olivier’s Hoek Pass Area, Free State

201 | 21st October 1837 The Trekkers reached this site in mid October and stayed through till mid November, sending out Read More →

Blijde Vooruitzicht

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Blijde Vooruitzicht, Olivier’s Hoek Pass Area, KwaZulu-Natal

202 | This monument stands on the top of Retief's Pass and is the point where his party stood and Read More →

Doornkop

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Doornkop, Chieveley Area, KwaZulu-Natal

203 | 10th January Onwards – Chieveley Area near N3/R74 junction Retief arrived at this laager site on the 10th January Read More →

Saailaager

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Saailaager, Estcourt Area, KwaZulu-Natal

204 | 12 February 1838 The Zulus attacked the Voortrekker laagers in the Bushman's River area after the execution of Piet Read More →

Rensburg Koppie

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Rensburg Koppie, Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal

205 | 17 February 1838 Marthinus Oosthuyse became one of the heroes of the Trek when on the 17th February 1838, Read More →

Veglaer

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Veglaer, Estcourt Area, KwaZulu-Natal

206 | The site of a three day attack by Zulus on the Voortrekkers' laager (13-15 February 1838). The actual Read More →

Bloukrans

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Bloukrans, Estcourt Area, KwaZulu-Natal

207 | After the execution of Retief and his men at Mgungundlovu, King Dingane despatched his junior regiments to drive Read More →
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Ithaleni Battlefield

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Ithaleni Battlefield, Mgungundlovu Area, KwaZulu-Natal

208 | April 1838 In April 1838 a Voortrekker Commando led by Uys and Maritz set out to recover the livestock Read More →

Sooilaager

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Sooilaager, Loskop Station Area, KwaZulu-Natal

209 | 19th June to 1838 Maritz built a defensive laager using sods to build a wall underneath the wagons. It Read More →

Skiets Drift

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Skiets Drift, Ladysmith/Winterton Area, KwaZulu-Natal

210 | This drift was used by many Voortrekker parties including those of Maritz and Uys when they first entered Read More →

Danskraal

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Danskraal, Ladysmith Area, KwaZulu-Natal

211 | The story has it that Pretorius' Commando stopped here on its way to Blood River and a Dance Read More →

Wasbank Laager

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Wasbank Laager, Wasbank, KwaZulu-Natal

212 | It is at this laager on the 7th Dec 1838 that Pretorius, Landman and Cilliers formulated the "The Read More →

Blood River Battlefield

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Blood River Battlefield, Dundee Area, KwaZulu-Natal

213 | 16 December 1838 On the 16 December 1838 the Zulu Army numbering some 12 000 warriors and led by Read More →

Grave of Piet Retief

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Grave of Piet Retief, Ulundi Area, KwaZulu-Natal

214 | Piet Retief and his party were executed here on the orders of King Dingane. The Memorial is near Read More →

Ophathe Battlefield

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Ulundi Area, Part of Emakhosini Opathe Park, KwaZulu-Natal

215 | 27 December 1838 When the Wenkommando reached Mthonjaneni, they were deceived by a Zulu named Bongoza into believing they Read More →

Barefoot Lady

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Barefoot Lady, Olivier’s Hoek Pass Area, KwaZulu-Natal

216 | After the British occupation of Natal in 1842 many of the Trekkers decided to migrate either back over Read More →

The Grave of Marthinus Oosthuyse

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The Grave of Marthinus Oosthuyse, Winterton Area, KwaZulu-Natal

217 | 17 February 1838 Marthinus became one of the heroes of the Trek when on the 17th February 1838, at Read More →
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Carbineers’ Grave

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Carbineers' Grave, Giant's Castle Reserve, KwaZulu Natal

301 | 4 November 1873 Scene of first action by Natal Carbineers at Bushman's River pass against amaHlubi attempting to flee Read More →

Rock “75”

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Rock 75, Giant's Castle Reserve, KwaZulu Natal

302 | Large "75" inscribed by 75th Regt. on boulder en-route to San cave. Entrance fee. Ezemvelo/KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife times of Read More →

Fort Pearson and Ultimatum Tree

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Fort Pearson and Ultimatum Tree, North Coast , KwaZulu-Natal

401 | 11 December 1878 On the 11 December 1878 the British Government in South Africa presented an ultimatum to King Read More →

Nyezane Battlefield

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Nyezane Battlefield, Eshowe Area, KwaZulu Natal

402 | 22 January 1879 The British coastal column moving up the north coast towards Ondini via Eshowe, crossed the Read More →

The Siege of Fort KwaMondi

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The Siege of Fort KwaMondi, Eshowe Area, KwaZulu Natal

403 | 23 January to 3 April 1879 On the 23rd January Col Pearson's Column reached the abandoned Norwegian Lutheran mission Read More →

British Military Cemetery at KwaMondi

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British Military Cemetery at KwaMondi, Eshowe Area, KwaZulu Natal

404 | Situated on southwest-facing slope about 500m beyond Fort Ekowe. Enquiries Zululand Historical Museum Fort Nongqayi. There is no on Read More →

Isandlwana Battlefield

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Isandlwana Battlefield, Nqutu Area, KwaZulu Natal

405 | 22 January 1879 On the 22nd January 1879 the British Camp was attacked and overrun by some 20 000 Read More →

Fugitives’ Drift

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Fugitives' Drift, Dundee Area, KwaZulu Natal

406 | 22 January 1879 The Fugitives' Trail is the route taken by survivors of the Battle of Isandlwana who crossed Read More →

Rorke’s Drift Battlefield

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Rorke's Drift Battlefield, Dundee Area, KwaZulu Natal

407 | 22-23 January 1879 After the Battle of Isandlwana the Zulu reserves, along with one regiment of the right horn, Read More →