A cultural mix between Sotho, Zulu, missionaries and more
The historical battlefield tour starts at the Isandlwana Museum and Anglican Church. These two structures were built by the British after the Battle of Isandlwana. Displays in the museum tell the story of the battle.
Before you will go to St Augustine’s you can have something to drink or eat at our WOWZULU Marketplace that’s operated by a team of four friendly villagers – Zanele, Sithe, Mcebisi and Fundi. They can tell you all kinds of local stories while you enjoy your coffee.
After the break you will drive to St Augustine’s historical church and school. This historical place where many prominent black South Africans went to school during apartheid years (Rumour has it that the Anglican and Swiss missionaries never spoke to one another even though their missions were less than 10 km apart).
The school is no longer operational, but services are still held weekly in the beautiful stone church with its stained-glass windows. St Augustine’s is set in a village of mostly stone-built cottages, where most of the residents are descendants of Basotho families who were brought into the area by the British after the Anglo-Zulu war to create a buffer between them and the Zulus. The cultural mix between Sotho and Zulu creates an interesting extra dimension in this area.
Close to the neighbouring trading town Nqutu is the village of Nondweni, where the French Prince Imperial, last of the Napoleon Dynasty, was killed in 1879 during the Anglo-Zulu War.
Another attraction well worth visiting in Nondweni is master crafter Mma Berthina Khumalo and the members of her Wirenest co-operative. They hand-embroid individual designs on recycled mealie bags. These are made into cushion covers, which are being sold across the world. Mma Khumalo’s friendly group of crafters also do exquisite wire weaving and beadwork.
Depending on what you are looking for the tour can last 3 hours or the whole day. Let our knowledgeable tour operator work with you to plan an outing that suits your needs and time frames.