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Rorke’s Drift

Msinga Local Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

History Hit

24 Nov 2020

About Rorke’s Drift

Rorke’s Drift in South Africa was the site of a famous battle during the Anglo-Zulu Wars in which 139 British soldiers fiercely and successfully defended the area and their garrison against between four and five thousand Zulu Warriors.

The Battle of Rorke’s Drift took place on 22 January 1879 and was a welcome piece of good news for the British following their disastrous defeat at Isandlwana Battlefield, which occurred on the same day. Considered to be one of the most heroic and brave defences in British military history, the Battle of Rorke’s Drift resulted in the award of a momentous eleven Victoria Crosses.

Today, there is a British memorial at Rorke’s Drift, where visitors can tour the battlefield and view the visitor centre. Most visitors also take the opportunity to visit the nearby Isandlwana Battlefield.

Rorke’s Drift features as one of our Top Ten tourist attractions in South Africa.

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