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City Rorke's Drift

Rorke's Drift is a town in the province of KwaZulu-Natal at about 46 kilometres south-east of Dundee. The place's name comes from the word 'drift' which refers to a natural shift in a river; in this case the Buffalo River which is shallow because of the presence of rocks that was at this point and could therefore be crossed easily. Rorke refers to James Rorke who had a farm near the crossing of the river. After the death of Rorke the farm was taken over by a Swedish Mission Station and later this station would play an important role in the Battle of Rorke's Drift between the British and the Zulus.

Two Battlefield tours are offered from Fugitives Drift Lodge. It is the place where the Battle of Rorke's Drift took place with only 139 British soldiers who had to compete with 4000 Zulu warriors. Despite the large difference in the numbers, the battle was won by the British; many of them were subsequently awarded Victoria Crosses. The other tour takes you to the Isandlwana battlefield; this fight took place just before the Battle of Rorke's Drift. Here the Zulus defeated the British in one brave fight. Both tours tell the story of the struggle by experienced guides in detail and tell compelling stories about this piece of history of South Africa. Books for the tours are required.

The Rorke's Drift Battle Museum is definitely worth a visit for those who want to know more about the history of South Africa. The emphasis is of course on the battle between the British and the Zulus in Rorke's Drift, and it is a wonderful audio-visual in the museum.

From the beautiful Isibindi Zulu Lodge there are Rorke's Drift 'village tours' organized at a nearby authentic Zulu village in the countryside. With a boat you across the river dangers and then you walk into the village where you will be welcomed by the Sangoma (healer). You will learn more about the lifestyle and traditions of the Zulu.

The arts and crafts centre was founded by the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the locals received training from Swedish artists / teachers. Today, the centre is known for the high quality of especially hand-woven carpets and (art) objects of clay.

In the area of ​​Rorke's Drift there are also a number of (smaller) wildlife and nature parks. It is hard to imagine that massive battles have been fought in what is now such a peaceful area.

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