It is difficult
to imagine that the scenic and tranquil landscape of central and
northern KwaZulu-Natal was once the focal point of major military
engagements, where Boer, British and Zulu forces clashed in bloody
conflicts that shaped the course of South Africa and rocked the
pedestal of the British Empire.
This green and pleasant region boasts the largest
concentration of battlefields in the southern hemisphere, where
over a period of some 70 years, one historical drama after another
unfolded against the backdrop of the African veld, sweeping grasslands
and the majestic mountains of the Drakensberg range. The internationally
renowned Battlefields Route draws visitors from around the world
- and with good reason. Every town, historical building, battle
site and memorial has a fascinating tale to tell, an event to
commemorate, a poignant memory to recall.
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