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Battle of Blood River Memorial
- Battle of Blood River Memorial
- Alt Name:
- Bloedrivier Monument | Blood River Museum
- South Africa
- Late Modern (1800AD-1945AD)
- 1800AD - 1899AD
- Voortrekker Monument,
about Battle of Blood River Memorial
The Battle of Blood River Memorial (Bloedrivier Monument) is a monument to a nineteenth century battle between the Boer pioneers or ‘Voortrekkers’ and the Zulus.
Prior to the Battle of Blood River, a Boer diplomatic group led by Piet Retief were massacred by Zulu forces. On 16 December 1838, angered by the attack, a force of Boers led by Andries Pretorius defeated the Zulus at the Battle of Blood River. The river in question was actually the Ncome River, which was said to have flowed red with the blood of 3,000 Zulus after the clash.
The Battle of Blood River Memorial depicts the main tactic used by the Boers, known as a “laager” or wagon circle. Comprised of 64 bronze wagons, the Battle of Blood River Memorial is located on the original battle site. There are also the nearby Blood River Museum and Ncome Museum, each chronicling the battle from the respective Boer and Zulu perspectives.
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Address: Blood River Memorial, off R33, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Phone: +27 (0)34 632 1695
The Battle of Blood River Memorial is located in the KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. It is around 50km northeast of Dundee. By car from Dundee, follow route R33 for around 18km and then follow the signs for Blood River – a further 30km or so. Several tour companies go to Blood River. Prices vary.
The Battle of Blood River Memorial is open daily. Both museums open daily, 8am-4.30pm and closed on Christmas Day. Blood River Museum entry costs R15 for adults, R7.50 for children. Entry is free to the Ncome Museum (donations welcome).
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